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Forklift Safety Inspection Regs

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Did You Know That...

  • Nearly 1/4 of workplace transport injuries are the result of forklift accidents
  • The ForkLift Truck Association (FLTA) reports that forklifts are one of the most dangerous aspects of workplace transport
  • And report that forklifts injure 2,200 people annually, with 1,300 hospitalized with serious, or life-changing, injuries

These statistics reflect that most accidents involving forklift trucks occur in a warehousing or logistics environment. The causes include a lack of sufficient training of the operator, operator error, a lack of
knowledge about the equipment and the working environment, unsuitable premises. We’ll examine poor forklift truck maintenance and inspections.

Broken/Poorly Maintained Forklifts Leave You Vulnerable

Potentially dangerous equipment such as a forklift truck have lots of safety provisions built in to reduce the risk of accidents. Some are designed to protect the pedestrian such as a proximity warning light or horn
system, while others protect the operator (overhead guard, load backrest, operator restraint.) And the risk of loads falling from the truck are reduced by using suitable attachments e.g. fork extensions or barrel clamps.

Even though these features matter they’re useless if the forklift is unsafe or doesn’t work. Now is when you realize the importance of comprehensive regulatory guidance on the frequency and type of forklift inspections
and other warehousing lifting equipment is required to protect your employees and equipment.

These regulations impose a real sense of urgency and responsibility for employers to select and procure safe forklift trucks and once purchased, to maintain them via an appropriate inspection regime.

Daily Pre-Use Inspections:

  • Planned routine maintenance - All equipment must be regularly maintained specified by the manufacturer’s recommendations. This normally includes inspection of all safety-related components.
  • Thorough Examination is in addition to regular servicing. Forklifts require at least one inspection every 12 months by a ‘competent auditor’ who carefully examines the forklift and reports detailed findings.
    This information must be retained by the employer for at least two years. Serious defects are also identified by the audit report for faulty equipment in need of immediate service. The report is copied
    to the appropriate enforcing authority or managers.

Unless the company has an 'examination process' specifying other intervals, a thorough examinations is required, the following timeline applies:

  • Every six months for lifting equipment used for lifting/lowering persons (passenger lifts, access platforms, window cleaning equipment.)
  • Every six months for lifting accessories.
  • Every 12 months for all other lifting equipment not falling into either of the above categories e.g. cranes, lifting block and runway beams.
  • At least once every 12 months for forklift trucks and pallet stackers should be audited by an expert.

Because forklift accidents are often life-changing or even fatal... there are no minor injuries. Company management is responsible to promote safe working environments and are held accountable when violations occur. Even if a forklift driver is directly responsible for a safety violation, an investigation wants to see supervisory measures that actively police and promote safe working including a robust inspection regime.

Is Your Equipment In Compliance With All Regulatory Agencies?

Are Your Inspections Working? What About Your Workers’ Comp Costs?

Lift Auditor’s maintenance audits lower your maintenance costs, reduce breakdowns, and introduce the best maintenance practices that end maintenance issues. Our audit results define a revised maintenance approach including proactive, best-practice maintenance management plan, less costly, higher equipment reliability, greater uptime, and more operating profit.

We protect your company’s best interests, your employees and help you avoid accidents, lost valuable work hours, and financial losses.  Please ask us questions, we love talking to you. Call: 888-310-3776 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Pierre Laudenberg
Founder/Chief Auditor

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