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Forklift Operator's Daily Checklist

A forklift can be a dangerous piece of machinery if has not been properly maintained or if care is not taken when operating. Conduct this safety inspection each day before using the forklift to avoid personal injuries or damage to your facilities and stock. This exhaustive checklist can be used to inspect gas or electric forklift, and covers everything: backup alarm, oil and fuel levels, battery charge, seatbelt, lights, forklift, etc. The form is also completely customizable, so you can tailor it to inspect other types of vehicles as well. Works with or without internet signal.

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Forklift Operator's Daily Checklist

Forklift serial number

Is forklift electric or gas/lpg?


Hour meter reading


Tires are inflated and free of excessive wear or damage. Nuts are tight.

Forks and mast are not bent, worn, or cracked.

Load back rest extension is in place and not bent, cracked, or loose.

Overhead guard is in place and not bent, cracked, or loose.

Attachments (if equipped) operate properly and are not damaged.

Forklift body is free of excessive lint, grease, or oil.

Engine oil is full and free of leaks.

Hydraulic oil is full and free of leaks.

Radiator is full and free of leaks.

Fuel level is OK and free of leaks.

Battery connections are tight.

Covers over battery and other hazardous parts are in place and secure.

Load rating plate is present and readable.

Warning decals and operator's manual are present and readable.

Seat belt or restraint is accessible and not damaged, oily, or dirty.

Engine runs smooth and quiet without leaks or sparks from the exhaust.

Motor runs smooth without sudden acceleration.

Horn works.

Turn signal (if equipped) operates smoothly.

Lights (head, tail, and warning) work and are aimed correctly.

Gauges and instruments are working.

Lift and lower operates smoothly without excess drift.

Tilt operates smoothly without excessive drift or "chatter."

Control levers are labeled, not loose or binding and freely return to neutral.

Battery charge level is OK while holding full forward tilt.

Steering is smooth and responsive, free of excessive play.

Brakes work and function smoothly without grabbing. No fluid leaks.

Parking brake will hold the forklift on an incline.

Backup alarm (if equipped) works.