The request to this fragment failed.
<<< Back to Training and Reference Materials Library Link to Printing InstructionsPrinting Instructions
 
Sample Daily Checklists for Powered Industrial Trucks

The following checklists are intended to assist in providing training on OSHA's revised powered industrial truck operator standards. They are not a substitute for any of the provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, or for any standards issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA wishes to acknowledge the UAW-Ford National Joint Committee on Health and Safety for granting permission to use the checklists and related graphics.

The revised OSHA standard for powered industrial truck training requires that an employer provide training to truck operators on a variety of topics. Among these topics are vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform. The following checklists are being provided as part of OSHA's ongoing effort to assist employers and employees in ensuring that a safe and healthful workplace is provided. The lists serve as a guide only and may not be totally inclusive. Each type of powered industrial truck is unique and checklists pertinent to each type of vehicle should be modified accordingly. It is recommended that the manufacturer's instructions on vehicle maintenance and owner's and operator's responsibilities also be consulted. The OSHA standards for powered industrial trucks should be evaluated to ensure compliance.

Your workplace may have a variety of trucks that are being operated. They may include the following types of vehicles:
You may choose to use a checklist for each type of industrial truck you have in your workplace or compile one that can be used for any type of truck. Below are some sample checklists for various types of trucks, as well as a generic list that can be modified to suit your workplace needs.

Daily Inspection Checklist: Electric Forklift Truck

KEY OFF Procedures
  • The vehicle inspection
    • Overhead guard
    • Hydraulic cylinders
    • Mast assembly
    • Lift chains and rollers
    • Forks
    • Tires
  • Examine the battery
  • Check the hydraulic fluid level
KEY ON Procedures
  • Check the gauges
    • Hour meter
    • Battery discharge indicator
  • Test the standard equipment
    • Steering
    • Brakes
    • Front, tail, and brake lights
    • Horn
    • Safety seat (if equipped)
  • Check the operation of load-handling attachments
Electric Forklift Truck

Daily Inspection Checklist: Propane Forklift Truck

KEY OFF Procedures
  • The vehicle inspection
    • Overhead guard
    • Hydraulic cylinders
    • Mast assembly
    • Lift chains and rollers
    • Forks
    • Tires
    • LPG tank and locator pin
    • LPG tank hose
    • Gas gauge
  • Check the engine oil level
  • Examine the battery
  • Check the hydraulic fluid level
  • Check the engine coolant level
KEY ON Procedures
  • Test the front, tail, and brake lights
ENGINE RUNNING Procedures
  • Check the gauges
    • Oil pressure indicator lamp
    • Ammeter indicator lamp
    • Hour meter
    • Water temperature gauge
  • Test the standard equipment
    • Steering
    • Brakes
    • Horn
    • Safety seat (if equipped)
  • Check the operation of load-handling attachments
  • Check the transmission fluid level
Propane Forklift

Daily Inspection Checklist: Yard Forklift Truck

KEY OFF Procedures
  • The vehicle inspection
    • Overhead guard
    • Hydraulic cylinders
    • Mast assembly
    • Lift chains and rollers
    • Forks
    • Tires
    • LPG tank and locator pin
    • LPG tank hose
    • Gas gauge
  • Check the engine oil level
  • Examine the battery
  • Inspect the hydraulic fluid level
  • Check the engine coolant level
KEY ON Procedures
  • Test the standard equipment
    • Front, tail, and brake lights
    • Fuel gauge (if diesel)
    • Windshield wiper
    • Heater
ENGINE RUNNING Procedures
  • Check the gauges
    • Oil pressure indicator lamp
    • Ammeter indicator lamp
    • Ammeter
    • Hour Meter
    • Water Temperature Gauge
  • Test the standard equipment
    • Steering
    • Brakes
    • Horn
    • Safety seat (if equipped)
  • Check the operation of load-handling attachments
  • Check the transmission fluid level
Yard Forklift

Daily Inspection Checklist: Electric Transtacker

KEY OFF Procedures
  • The vehicle inspection
    • Overhead guard
    • Hydraulic cylinders
    • Mast assembly
    • Lift chains and rollers
    • Forks
    • Tires
    • Battery cables
KEY ON Procedures
  • Check the gauges
    • Battery discharge indicator
    • Hour meter
  • Test the standard equipment
    • Steering Brakes
    • Lights
    • Horn
  • Test the control lever
  • Check the operation of load-handling attachments
The Transtacker

Daily Inspection Checklist: Riding Grip Tow

  • The vehicle inspection
    • Lines and hoses
    • Battery
    • Safety switch
    • Hand guards
  • The operations inspection
    • Test the brakes
    • Check the drive operations
    • Test the horn
    • Check the grip coupling
Riding Grip Tow

Daily Inspection Checklist: Stand-up Riding Tow Tractor

  • The vehicle inspection
    • Lines and hoses
    • Battery
    • Safety switch
    • Hand guards
  • The operations inspection
    • Test the brakes
    • Check the drive operations
    • Test the horn
    • Check the tow hook and safety catch
Stand-up Riding Tow Tractor

Daily Inspection Checklist: Walking Pallet Truck

  • The vehicle inspection
    • Forks
    • Battery
    • Hand guards
  • The operations inspection
    • Check the drive operations
    • Test the brakes
    • Check the horn
    • Inspect the load-handling attachment operations
Walking Pallet Truck

Daily Inspection Checklist: Walking Transtacker

  • The vehicle inspection
    • Forks
    • Battery
    • Hand guards
  • The operations inspection
    • Check the drive operations
    • Test the brakes
    • Check the horn
    • Inspect the load-handling attachment operations
Walking Transtacker

Daily Inspection Checklist: Indoor Propane Tow Tractor

KEY OFF Procedures
  • The vehicle inspection
    • Fluid leakage
    • Tires
    • Tow hook
    • Windshield (if equipped)
    • Overhead guard (if equipped)
    • LPG tank and locator pin
    • LPG tank hose
    • Gas gauge
  • Check the engine oil level
  • Check the engine coolant level
  • Examine the battery
KEY ON Procedures
  • Test the front, tail, and brake lights
  • Check the gauges
    • Oil pressure gauge
    • Ammeter
    • Water temperature gauge
    • Hour meter
ENGINE RUNNING Procedures
  • Inspect the standard equipment
    • Steering
    • Brakes
    • Horn
    • Safety seat (if equipped)
  • Check the transmission fluid level
Indoor Tow Tractor

Daily Inspection Checklist: Industrial Tractors

KEY OFF Procedures
  • The vehicle inspection
    • Windshield
    • Tires
    • Three-point hitch assembly
  • Engine oil
  • Engine coolant
KEY ON Procedures
  • Check gauges
    • Oil and battery lights
    • Temperature
    • Hour meter
  • Standard equipment
    • Steering
    • Front, tail, and brake lights
    • Horn
ENGINE RUNNING Procedures
  • Standard equipment
    • Windshield wiper
    • Brakes
    • Hoist operation
Industrial Tow Tractor

Daily Inspection Checklist: Reach Truck

KEY OFF Procedures
  • The vehicle inspection
    • Overhead guard
    • Hydraulic cylinders
    • Mast assembly
    • Lift chains and rollers
    • Forks
    • Tires
    • Battery cables
    • Hydraulic fluid
KEY ON Procedures
  • Check the gauges
    • Battery discharge indicator
    • Hour meter
  • Test the standard equipment
    • Steering
    • Brakes
    • Lights
    • Horn
  • Test the control lever
  • Check the operation of load-handling attachments
Reach Truck

Daily Inspection Checklist: Order Picker

KEY OFF Procedures
  • The vehicle inspection
    • Hoist lines, cables, and chains
    • Hour meter
    • Tires
    • Battery cables
    • Limiting device
KEY ON Procedures
  • Check the battery discharge indicator
  • Test the standard equipment
    • Safety interlock
    • Steering
    • Brakes
    • Lights
    • Horn
  • Check the accessories
    • Gripper jaws
    • Work platform
Order Picker

Sample Generic Checklist for Powered Industrial Trucks
 
Check Box Overhead Guard - Are there broken welds, missing bolts, or damaged areas?
Check Box Hydraulic Cylinders - Is there leakage or damage on the lift, tilt, and attachment functions of the cylinders?
Check Box Mast Assembly - Are there broken welds, cracked or bent areas, and worn or missing stops?
Check Box Lift Chains and rollers
  Check Box Is there wear or damage or kinks, signs of rust, or any sign that lubrication is required?
  Check Box Is there squeaking?
Check Box Forks
  Check Box Are they cracked or bent , worn, or mismatched?
  Check Box Is there excessive oil or water on the forks?
Check Box Tires - What do the tires look like?
  Check Box Are there large cuts that go around the circumference of the tire?
  Check Box Are there large pieces of rubber missing or separated from the rim?
  Check Box Are there missing lugs?
  Check Box Is there bond separation that may cause slippage?
Check Box Battery Check
  Check Box Are the cell caps and terminal covers in place?
  Check Box Are the cables missing insulation?
Check Box Hydraulic Fluid - Check level?
Check Box Gauges - Are they all properly working?
Check Box Steering
  Check Box Is there excessive free play?
  Check Box If power steering, is the pump working?
Check Box Brakes
  Check Box If pedal goes all the way to the floor when you apply the service brake, that is the first indicator that the brakes are bad. Brakes should work in reverse, also.
  Check Box Does the parking brake work? The truck should not be capable of movement when the parking brake is engaged.
Check Box Lights - If equipped with lights, are they working properly?
Check Box Horn - Does the horn work?
Check Box Safety seat - if the truck is equipped with a safety seat is it working?
Check Box Load Handling Attachments
  Check Box Is there hesitation when hoisting or lowering the forks, when using the forward or backward tilt, or the lateral travel on the side shift?
  Check Box Is there excessive oil on the cylinders?
Check Box Propane Tank - Is the tank guard bracket properly positioned and locked down?
Check Box Propane Hose
  Check Box Is it damaged? It should not be frayed, pinched, kinked, or bound in any way.
  Check Box Is the connector threaded on squarely and tightly?
Check Box Propane Odor - If you detect the presence of propane gas odor, turn off the tank valve and report the problem.
Check Box Engine Oil - Check levels.
Check Box Engine Coolant - Visually check the level. Note: Never remove the radiator cap to check the coolant level when the engine is running or while the engine is hot. Stand to the side and turn your face away. Always use a glove or rag to protect your hand.
Check Box Transmission Fluid - Check levels?
Check Box Windshield Wipers - Do they work properly?
Check Box Seat Belts - Do they work?
Check Box Safety Switch - (found on stand up riding tow tractors) Is it working?
Check Box Hand guards - (found on stand up riding tow tractors, walking pallet trucks, walking transtackers) Are they in place?
Check Box Tow Hook
  Check Box Does it engage and release smoothly?
  Check Box Does the safety catch work properly?
Check Box Control Lever - Does the lever operate properly?
Check Box Safety Interlock - (found on order pickers) If the gate is open, does the vehicle run?
Check Box Gripper Jaws - (found on order pickers) Do the jaws open and close quickly and smoothly?
Check Box Work Platform - (found on order pickers) Does the platform raise and lower smoothly?