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Checklist: Forklift Operator Daily Checklist Template

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Use this checklist before the use of forklift trucks to guarantee that the machine is harmless to use. Implement general pre-start controls to examine the overall physical status of the truck as well as liquid levels and battery status. After starting the vehicle, assure all controls, signals, steering and brakes are in appropriate working condition. Report any dangers or items that demand to be fixed and make a report on the spot. Of course, you can change this template for your specific forklift vehicle (e.g. propane, electric, yard trucks).




This pre-start has to be completed before each usage. If any objects are damaged, then it needs to be tagged out and communicated to the manager.

Select date:


Identification type and/or number of the forklift

Pre Start Checklist

Are tyres and rims in good form? Verify any visible damage. Control tyre pressure.

Yes | No | N/A

Control if engine oil, hydraulic oil, battery fluid, coolant level and hydraulic levels are appropriate

Yes | No | N/A

Check for any leaks below the forklift

Yes | No | N/A

Check chains for any visible sign of damage and that check rams aren’t damaged or leaking. Check hydraulic cylinders for any leakage or visible damage

Yes | No | N/A

Check if there are any cracks, dents or visible damage of any sort in the structure

Yes | No | N/A

Check for any visible damage on the tyres and forks and assure that they are equally spread, and the locking mechanism is going precisely.

Yes | No | N/A

Check for any visible sign of damage on the battery and if it operates correctly.

Yes | No | N/A

Is the engine bay clean and is the locking mechanism operating precisely.

Yes | No | N/A

Is load plate suited and legible? Do you know about the safe working load of the forklift and follow these instructions?

Yes | No | N/A

Check overhead and back rest guards for any visible damages

Yes | No | N/A

Check seat circumstances. Are controls clearly labelled? Assure seat and steering wheel are unharmed and properly modified. Seat belt works like it should.

Yes | No | N/A

Post Start Checklist

Are controls, pedals and indicators working correctly?

Yes | No | N/A

Are the revers buzzer and beacon working?

Yes | No | N/A

Are the lights and flashing strobe working?

Yes | No | N/A

Does the steering wheel turn easily from lock to lock?

Yes | No | N/A

Do the park brake and foot brake work correctly?

Yes | No | N/A

Check wether lift, tilt and reach work appropriate for their full extent?

Yes | No | N/A

Checks complete

  • Conclusion: is the forklift safe to use?

  • SafeAt RiskN/A
  • Name and signature of worker:



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