According to Australian Forklift Training , there is no clear cut law that outlines how regularly servicing is to be done for forklifts. It is up to forklift operators and forklift companies to arrange for a maintenance and inspection schedule that is regular enough to keep forklifts in a safe working condition.
Servicing of forklifts depends on the age of the machine, the amount of usage and the conditions under which they are used. Australian Standard (maintenance practices 15.2) says “Preventative maintenance, lubrication, and inspection of all powered industrial trucks shall be performed according to a scheduled system in conformity with the manufacturer’s recommendations, which should accompany the truck when delivered”.
New and late model forklifts will have recommended servicing schedules outlined by the manufacturer. These can usually be found in the forklift operator’s manual or by speaking to the person/dealer who sold the forklift.
In companies where the forklifts are used constantly through both day and night shifts, it is common to have inspections done daily and servicing done every three months.
On other sites where a forklift is used only once a week, inspections are done weekly and servicing done every 6 to 12 months.
Australian Forklift Training observe that it is up to the forklift operators and forklift companies to assess how often servicing is needed to keep forklifts in a safe working condition.