How to carry out a pre-use daily forklift inspection

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The forklift truck is often considered the workhorse of any operation. It is responsible for safely and efficiently moving heavy loads, making it a crucial piece of equipment. To ensure its safe operation, a pre-use daily forklift inspection is necessary. This not only helps identify any faults or potential health and safety risks, but it also benefits the business in terms of less downtime, longer lifespan, and improved operator safety.

The Daily Check: A Few Minutes for Peace of Mind

The daily check only takes a few minutes, but it can help identify any faults or show early signs of wear in common areas. By carrying out this simple task, operators can prevent major issues from arising and ensure the forklift is in good working condition.

Where to Start?

Firstly, methodically make visual checks. Walk around the truck clockwise or anti-clockwise, checking the main visual and operational elements. This includes forks, mast, lift chain, lights, mirrors, wheels and tyres, hydraulics, and the operator’s compartment (steering wheel, seat belt, etc.).

Ensure forks, mast, and chains are not bent, loose, or stretched. Also, be mindful of wear on the fork heels. Check that all lights are working, and mirrors are clean to avoid limited visibility. As the tyres are the only contact point between the truck and the ground, check the tyre tread and pressure. Additionally, make sure nothing is stuck in the tyre that could lead to a puncture. Finally, check the operator compartment is clean and safe, with nothing loose rolling around.

Secondly, check all operational components are working as expected. Start with the forks and mast, making sure they move smoothly and respond when moved with the controls. Next, check the energy source (fuel/energy) before starting the forklift, moving it slowly, and checking the brakes to ensure they can stop the forklift safely. Once the forklift can stop and start without any issues, check the steering to ensure it moves smoothly and has no excessive play. Finally, check the seat and seat belt are secure, adjusted correctly, and in good condition.

Lastly, keep a record of any faults or defects. This will bring awareness to any potential safety issues and allow for extra care and attention to be taken when looking at certain areas of the truck. By keeping a record, repairs can be carried out, and any recurring issues can be noted and monitored to save money and downtime.

Learn More About the Benefits of a Pre-Use Daily Forklift Inspection for Your Business

To learn more about how your business can benefit from a pre-use daily forklift inspection, click here. Remember, a daily check does not mean your truck is LOLER and PUWER compliant. It is essential to follow all necessary safety regulations and guidelines to ensure the safe operation of your forklift.


In conclusion, a pre-use daily forklift inspection is a crucial task that should not be overlooked. It not only helps identify any faults or potential safety risks but also benefits the business in terms of cost and efficiency. By following the outlined steps and keeping a record of any issues, operators can ensure the safe and efficient operation of their forklifts

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  1. How often should a forklift be inspected?
    A forklift should be inspected daily before use, as well as undergoing regular maintenance checks.

  2. Can I use a forklift without a daily inspection?
    No, a daily inspection is necessary to ensure the safe operation of the forklift and prevent any potential safety risks.

  3. What should I do if I find a fault during the daily inspection?
    If a fault is found during the daily inspection, it should be reported immediately, and the forklift should not be used until the issue is resolved.

  4. How can a daily forklift inspection benefit my business?
    A daily forklift inspection can benefit your business by reducing downtime, extending the lifespan of the forklift, and improving operator safety.

  5. Is a daily forklift inspection enough to comply with safety regulations?
    No, a daily forklift inspection is just one aspect of ensuring compliance with safety regulations. It is essential to follow all necessary guidelines and regulations to ensure the safe operation of the forklift.

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