The Best Forklift Inspection Checklists – with Free Templates

OSHA 1910.178(q)(7) requires daily pre-shift forklift inspections for safety compliance. Because your team completes these inspections every single day, it’s easy to become complacent and start going through the motions.

Even though your team is already familiar with forklift inspections, you will still find it helpful to follow forklift inspection checklists. After all, if your tools are reliable, you can build excellent inspection processes. 

Quality in, quality out.

Safesite’s suite of forklift inspection checklists ensures that you include all the vital steps in an inspection. Use these forklift inspection checklists to improve forklift safety within your organization.

Forklift Operator Training and Safety Checklist

According to OSHA statistics, there are 35,000 serious injuries and 62,000 non-serious injuries caused by forklift incidents each year. Many of these incidents and injuries are preventable.

Before they get the keys to the machine, you must make sure your operators have with the right knowledge to operate the forklift. By using this 40-point checklist, your and your team can ensure that no aspect of forklift training gets neglected.

You can contribute to a safer workplace by regularly reviewing your forklift operator training and safety checklist. Download the Forklift Operator Checklist spreadsheet or:

Run the Mobile Forklift Operator Safety Checklist template on Safesite > 

Pre-shift Class I Forklift Inspection

You can use the checklist linked below for Class I Forklifts, also known as Electric Motor Rider Trucks. Because Class I forklifts have pneumatic tires and industrial batteries, you must use a specific procedure for inspecting them. Download the Class I Forklift Pre-Shift Inspection spreadsheet or:

Get the mobile Pre-Shift Class I Forklift Inspection Checklist > 

Pre-shift Class II Order Picker Forklift Inspection Checklist

Class II forklifts are Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks or “order pickers” used for narrow aisle operation. There is a unique safety inspection procedure that needs to be followed.

Moreover, Class II forklifts have unique features designed to maximize limited space. At the same time, smaller spaces also increase the chance of object and human collision. There is also a greater likelihood of damage to nearby objects if the forklift malfunctions. Download the Order Picker Daily Inspection spreadsheet or:

Get the mobile Pre-Shift Order Picker Inspection Checklist >

Pre-shift Class IV and V Forklift Inspection Checklist

Class IV and V forklifts are combustion engine trucks frequently found in warehouses, which may either use cushion tires or pneumatic tires.

Because Class IV and V forklifts use fuels like LPG, gasoline, diesel, or natural gas, the equipment must be inspected thoroughly to ensure that it does not cause fires. Get the Class IV and V Forklift Pre-Shift Inspection Spreadsheet or:

Use our mobile Pre-Shift Class IV and V inspection checklist > 

Loading Dock Safety Checklist

Employees working on loading docks face many different safety issues. These include slipping on wet surfaces, falling off dock edges, or getting caught in unchoked trailer wheels.

Not only do loading dock workers need to watch their movements carefully, but they also need to be aware of the people around them. Dock supervisors can implement risk reduction strategies by completing a standard loading dock checklist according to OSHA guidelines. Get the Loading Dock Checklist Excel Spreadsheet or:

Run the mobile 14-point Loading Dock Safety Checklist > 

Warehouse Racking and Storage Checklist

Using a warehouse checklist is vital to ensure the identification and communication of hazards. Adhering to safety protocols written in the checklist prevents slips, trips, and falls as well as the associated bodily injuries and equipment damage.

Your team must carefully inspect forklifts used for warehouse racking and storage prior to use. Warehouse and safety managers should have a step-by-step system for performing these inspections. You can use the Warehouse Racking and Storage Excel Spreadsheet or:

Run the Warehouse Racking and Storage Inspection >

Forklift Training and Certification Program Audit

The Forklift Training and Certification Program Audit ensures your organization meets the requirements for forklift training and certification.

While it sounds simple, many organizations neglect this aspect of forklift safety. You need proper documentation to see gaps between training and compliance with OSHA requirements.

Your organization can use a Forklift Training Program Audit checklist to assess if all operators are meeting the training requirements. This includes new operators, operators sitting re-certification, and those who need re-training. You can download the Forklift Program Audit Excel Spreadsheet or:

Access and download the Forklift Certification Program Audit > 

Forklift Training and Certification Matrix

A Training and Certification Matrix serves as a tracking sheet for every employee subject to training and re-certification. The spreadsheet stores important details like:

  • the date of initial and most recent training
  • training provider,
  • dates to renew the employee’s forklift certification

If an employee needs to re-train early due to a near miss or accident, you can also record this information in the matrix. 

The training matrix helps you prepare in advance for upcoming re-certification dates. Without a centralized place for the data, you can easily important dates and both leaders and employees will scramble to maintain compliance.

Download this Forklift Training and Certification Matrix template > 

Find All Your Forklift Inspection Checklists on Safesite

OSHA requires all warehouses to inspect their forklifts before every shift. Even though it’s a daily task, it does take time to do correctly. However, you can lighten the load on your teams by using checklists that allow them to follow step-by-step safety protocols.

The forklift inspection checklists we added above offer you a solid guideline to follow for OSHA compliance. Using the Safesite app along with our convenient safety checklists will increase your productivity without sacrificing safety.

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