Daily Forklift Inspection Checklist


The rumble of a forklift signifies movement, a crucial cog in the construction machine. But like any powerful tool, ensuring its safe and efficient operation is paramount.

This Daily Forklift Inspection Checklist template empowers you to take control, safeguarding your team, your project, and the integrity of your equipment.

By dedicating just minutes to this crucial routine, you cultivate a culture of proactive safety, laying the foundation for a productive and accident-free operation.

Daily Forklift Inspection Checklist:

Date: _________

Forklift Model: _________

Inspector: _________

Instructions: Before operating the forklift, perform a thorough inspection. Report any malfunctions immediately.

Tires and Wheels:

  • Tire pressure: Check and adjust to manufacturer’s specifications. (Yes/No)
  • Tire damage: Look for cuts, cracks, and excessive wear. (Yes/No)
  • Wheel lug nuts: Ensure they are tight and secure. (Yes/No)

Brakes and Steering:

  • Parking brake: Test functionality on level ground. (Yes/No)
  • Service brakes: Apply brakes gradually and listen for grinding or pulling. (Yes/No)
  • Steering system: Check for excessive free play and smooth operation. (Yes/No)
  • Horn: Test functionality. (Yes/No)

Fluid Levels:

  • Engine oil: Check level and clarity on dipstick. (Yes/No)
  • Hydraulic fluid: Check level and for leaks. (Yes/No)
  • Coolant: Check level and color. (Yes/No)
  • Fuel: Check level and for leaks. (Yes/No)

Mast and Attachments:

  • Mast chains: Inspect for wear, damage, and proper lubrication. (Yes/No)
  • Fork carriage: Check for cracks, bends, and secure attachment to mast. (Yes/No)
  • Forks: Inspect for cracks, bends, loose bolts, and damage to tips. (Yes/No)
  • Attachment mechanisms: Ensure secure connection and proper operation. (Yes/No)

Safety Devices:

  • Seat belt: Check for proper operation and secure latch. (Yes/No)
  • Overhead guard: Ensure it is securely attached and undamaged. (Yes/No)
  • Backup alarm: Test functionality. (Yes/No)
  • Fire extinguisher: Check availability and expiration date. (Yes/No)

Additional Notes:

Inspection Summary:


Signature: _________


A meticulous daily inspection becomes the cornerstone of reliable forklift performance.

Each completed checklist builds upon the last, strengthening your commitment to safety and operational excellence.

Remember, thoroughness isn’t just about compliance; it’s about building trust, fostering peace of mind, and ultimately, contributing to a thriving construction enterprise where efficiency and well-being go hand in hand.

Make the Daily Forklift Inspection Checklist your partner in progress, one safe lift at a time.

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