Forklift Startup and Shut Down. Starting and ending the day safely.

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Just a quick checklist for anyone who utilizes a forklift or lift. Startups and end of the day shut downs play a key roll in injury prevention.

STARTUP – YOU MUST:

  • Check for obvious physical damage and fluid leaks on the floor.
  • Make sure the overhead guard, load backrest extension, seat belt and all other safety devices are attached properly.
  • Inspect tires. Make sure the forks are properly attached and locking clips are in the proper position.
  • Check the capacity plate.
  • Check the parking brake and service brake and all controls and gauges.
  • Make sure hood latches are adjusted and fastened.
  • Check fluid levels.
  • Listen for unusual noises.
  • A maintenance department tag means: Do not operate the forklift. Do not try to repair the forklift yourself. Leave the tag on the forklift and see your supervisor.

SHUT DOWN PROCEDURES – YOU MUST:

  • Return your forklift to the proper area.
  • Put the directional lever in neutral.
  • Set the parking brake.
  • Completely lower the forks.
  • Put the mast in full vertical position.
  • Turn off the forklift.
  • Take the key and return it to its proper place.

 

Your forklift is your responsibility until it is returned to its place at the end of your shift.

 

 

Jef Spencer

HFA Operations

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