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Forklift Inspection Checklist in Ontario

by Carllaen Joshua Gonzales 30 Mar 2024 0 Comments

According to Ontario's Ministry of Labor and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) clause 25(1)(b), a powered forklift truck must be inspected on a regular basis, including the beginning of shift and before each use. This is to make sure that the equipment is in good working condition and is guaranteed to meet the safety standards. Regulation 851 clause 51(1)(b) mandates that a permanent record of this inspection must be kept on file.

In order to help you comply with these regulations, this forklift guide will provide you with a comprehensive forklift inspection checklist for both propane and electric forklifts in Ontario. Read below to learn more!

Related: Guide to Forklift Regulations in Ontario

Ontario forklift inspection checklist for propane forklift

Printable PDF checklist for propane forklift
  1. Exterior Inspection - Examine the body of the forklift and look for any damage, such as dents or cracks. Verify that the forks have no wear or tears on them and that the tires are properly inflated.
  2. Fluid Levels - Check the propane tank for any leaks, damage, or loose connections. Make that the pressure release valve is working and that there is sufficient fuel for the operation. Additionally, be sure to check the levels of the hydraulic fluid and add extra as needed.
  3. Controls and Operation - Run a test to make sure that all controls, such as the lifting mechanisms, brakes, and steering, are operating as intended. Additionally, confirm that all of the safety features—such as the emergency stop button, horns, and lights—are operational and in good working order.

  4. Emissions and Exhaust - Inspect the exhaust system for any sign of wear, damage, or leaks. Verify that the exhaust pipe is clear of obstructions, the muffler is firmly attached, and it is correctly vented. Check that there are no strange smells or smoke, and that the emissions match legal requirements.
  5. Documentation - In accordance with Ontario regulations, maintain a record of all inspections, repairs, and maintenance actions. Make sure that the forklift has the required warning labels and safety decals attached.

Ontario forklift inspection checklist for electric forklift

printable electric forklift checklist Ontario
  1. Exterior Inspection - Similar to propane forklifts, make sure that there are no dents or cracks on the body of your electric forklift. Check the forks for any wears or tears and properly inflate the tires.
  2. Battery and Charging System - Inspect the battery for any signs of damage or corrosion and make sure that it is securely connected. Ensure that the battery level is appropriate and that the charging system is functioning correctly. Check the electrolyte levels and top up distilled water if required.
  3. Electrical SystemTest the operation of lights, indicators, and alarms. Inspect the wiring harnesses for any signs of wear or fraying. Ensure that all electrical components, such as switches and gauges, are functioning correctly.

  4. Brakes and Steering SystemTest the parking brake and service brakes. Look for any signs of wear, leaks, or damage in the brake system and steering system. Make sure that the steering wheel turns smoothly and that the tires are in working condition.
  5. Safety FeaturesVerify the functionality of safety features, such as emergency stop button and proximity sensors. Test the operation of the overload protection system if applicable. Ensure that the forklift is equipped with a fire extinguisher and first aid kit as per regulations.
  6. DocumentationIn accordance with Ontario regulations, maintain a record of all inspections, repairs, and maintenance actions. Make sure that the forklift has the required warning labels and safety decals attached.

Forklifts must undergo routine maintenance and inspection in order to operate safely and in accordance with Ontario regulations. Employers can reduce risks and give their staff a safer working environment by carefully adhering to the forklift inspection checklist we have provided above. Remember, safety should always be the top priority when operating forklifts in any workplace setting.

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