Investigations of powered industrial lift truck-related accidents indicate that many workers and employers may not be aware of the risks of operating or working near powered lift trucks, such as forklifts, and are not following the procedures set forth in Occupational Safety and health Administration (OSHA) standards, consensus standards, or equipment manufacturer’s guidelines. Generally, reducing the risk of such incidents requires comprehensive worker training, systematic traffic management, a safe work environment, a safe powered lift truck, and safe work practices.

This “Client Handout” provides small business owners a means of identifying potential problem areas with their powered lift truck operations. Any question answered “No” should be thoroughly investigated and an experienced powered industrial lift truck consultant used to correct any deficiencies.

Questions Yes  No  N/A 
Is there a written safety policy and procedure for operating powered lift trucks?      
Are only trained personnel allowed to operate powered lift trucks?      
Is routine maintenance performed on each powered lift truck?      
Are inspections required prior to using a powered lift truck?      
Is overhead protective equipment provided on high lift rider equipment?      
Are the required operating rules for powered lift trucks posted and enforced?      
Is directional lighting provided on each powered lift truck that operates in an area with less than 2 footcandles per square foot of general lighting?      
Does each powered lift truck have a warning horn, whistle, gong, or other device which can be clearly heard above the normal noise in the areas where they operate?      
Are the brakes on each lift truck capable of bringing the vehicle to a complete and safe stop when fully loaded?      
Will the powered lift trucks’ parking brake effectively prevent the vehicle from moving when unattended?      
Are powered lift trucks operating in areas where flammable gases or vapors, or combustible dust or ignitable fibers may be present, approved for such locations?      
Are motorized hand and hand/rider trucks so designed that the brakes are applied and power to the drive motor shuts off when the operator releases his or her grip on the controls?      
Are powered lift trucks with internal combustion engines that are operated in buildings or enclosed areas checked to ensure such operations do not cause harmful concentrations of dangerous gases and fumes?      


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