Chapter 1 - Welcome
Chapter 2 - Rules and Regulations
Chapter 3 - Forklift Classes and Certifications
Chapter 4 - Forklifts & Automobiles
Chapter 5 - Forklift Stability
Chapter 6 - Safety and Mishaps
Chapter 7 - Pre-Shift Inspection
Chapter 8 - Standard Forklifts
Chapter 9 - Narrow Aisle Forklifts
Chapter 10 - Powered Pallet Jack
Chapter 11 - Final Considerations
12. Final Exam

Conducting a Pre-Shift Inspection

Chapter 7 Pre Shift Inspection

The initial task before operating a forklift is conducting a pre-shift inspection. This safety protocol involves a thorough examination of the forklift to ensure it is in optimal condition for use. The operator of the forklift holds the responsibility for this inspection.

The pre-shift inspection should ideally be performed at the start of the shift or prior to the first operation of the forklift in the shift. It is normal to subject all forklifts to this inspection at least once a day prior to their deployment for work.

The primary goal of a pre-shift inspection is to identify and address potential mechanical anomalies that could cause accidents or damage. It is crucial to note that when an operator signs the pre-shift inspection, they are confirming that the forklift is in proper working condition. Hence, in the event of any incident, the operator who signed the inspection stands accountable. Therefore, the pre-shift inspection is not just a procedural requirement, but a critical safeguard for the operator.

So, how does a forklift operator carry out a pre-shift inspection? The operator performs a detailed multi-point checklist, beginning from the exterior of the forklift and methodically progressing into the cab. This thorough inspection process is segmented into three stages:

  1. Visual inspection from the outside
  2. Machine powered inspection
  3. Environmental inspection
Operator doing a pre-shift inspection