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A telehandler checklist for a forklift

Updated April 17, 2017

A forklift is often used on construction sites to transport heavy materials from one area to another. Because it is a large piece of machinery, the forklift carries with it a number of safety risks to the driver and others on site. Therefore, it is imperative that a daily safety check be carried out on the forklift.

External Inspection

Look beneath and around the forklift to see whether there have been any oil or hydraulic fluid leaks from the engine or other parts. Check the bodywork of the forklift for any obvious signs of damage or disrepair and also to make sure any moving parts are sufficiently lubricated. All fixing bolts should be tightened, secure and in good condition.

Check all wheels for damage or disrepair, and make sure that all wheel nuts are tightened and that tires are undamaged and at the correct pressure.

Internal Inspection

Check all gauges and instruments within the vehicle to make sure they are working correctly, and sound the horn and alarms, as these may be required while you are on site. If any warning lights are displayed on the vehicle's dashboard, consult a professional repair technician or the vehicle handbook for more information.

Ensure that the seat is correctly fitted and that the seat belt is not frayed. Push on the brake pedals to see if they feel normal and also ensure that the parking brake is in full working order.

Other Checklist Items

Check all fluid levels in your engine, such as fuel, oil and hydraulic fluid. Make sure the battery is clean and secure, and wear eye protection and gloves as you do so to protect yourself from any leaking acid.

Inspect all cables to make sure they are clean and securely fitted. Keep a record of your checklist for future reference.

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About the Author

Ben Wakeling graduated from Coventry University in 2009 with an upper second class honours B.Sc. degree in construction management. Wakeling is also a freelance writer, and works for a number of businesses, such as Demand Studios, Suite 101 and Academic Knowledge.