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Australian Forklift Training has provided information on forklift (and other machine) safety checks. A lot of companies are not aware that they are required to perform some sort of documented, regular checks on their forklifts and other industrial equipment.
Many companies have been fined for not being able to prove to a WorkCover inspector that regular checks are being conducted.
Basically, it is up to the company to evaluate how often machine checks are carried out, as well as who is responsible for conducting them.
Most large companies with multiple forklifts make their drivers perform a routine check on their forklift before starting each shift. A checklist is kept either on the forklift itself, or in a designated area. This checklist is signed, dated and kept as evidence of the company ensuring each machine is adequately maintained.
Companies with one or two forklifts and few operators may get away with a weekly or monthly check, depending on how much use their forklifts get.
Some of the benefits of having regular checks performed on each machine are listed below:
- Easy to find faults and repair them while they are still minor
- More reliable machines and less chance of down time due to breakage
- Easier to identify bad drivers and staff causing damage
- Protection against WorkCover fines and insurance problems when an accident occurs