Before Operations

  • Pre-use inspection completed?

  • What do you possibly not understand while doing a pre-use inspection?

  • Why is doing a pre-use inspection important?

  • How does doing or not doing a pre-use inspection affect you and/or others in the facility?

  • PPE worn properly?

  • What PPE is required in this facility?

  • Why do we wear (pick a piece of PPE worn and fill in)?

  • How could it affect both you and me if you don't wear your PPE?

  • Equipment have been reported?

  • What does this question mean to you?

  • Why would it matter if you didn't report something simple that is broken or damaged?

  • How could this affect you during your shift if something small was not reported during your inspection?

  • Is ID plate visible?

  • Where is the ID plate?

  • Does operator know the load capacity?

  • What is the load capacity?

  • How do you know it is "xxxx" pounds? There are a few different weights listed on the plate.

  • Why would it matter if you put longer forks on the forklift?

Getting on and off the forklift

  • Operator uses 3 point contact when getting on and off the forklift?

  • What is the point of 3 point contact?

  • Why should you do if you see someone not using 3pt contact getting on and/or off a lift?

  • How could you improve to make sure you are using 3pt contact always?

  • Forks are lowered and placed on the floor when leaving the forklift?

  • What does having the forks on the floor accomplish when you leave the forklift?

  • Why would you not leave the forks at a higher level to save time in your next move?

  • How would you be affected if you left your forks up and tripped over them walking to break?

  • Parking brake is always set before leaving forklift?

  • What does the parking brake do when you are not on the lift?

  • Why would you set the brake if you just had a quick label to pick up from somewhere?

  • How would this matter if you parked on an uneven surface in front of parts?

  • Forklift is switched off and key is maintained in the specified place when ending operations?

  • What does switching the key off matter when you are not on a lift?

  • Why do we need to keep the key somewhere other than the lift when ending operations?

  • How would we all be affected if someone not trained on a forklift got on the lift and drove off since the key was left in it or control switched on?

Forklift Operations

  • Forklift path is checked for any personnel or obstacles before proceeding on the forklift?

  • What could be in your way that you need to be checking for?

  • Why could it be an issue if you didn't check the full path you were about to take before proceeding?

  • How would you manage the situation if your path was not clear to proceed in the direction you needed to go?

  • Quick starts or quick stops are not performed?

  • What do you consider a quick start or stop?

  • Why is it important to not start or stop quickly?

  • How often do you feel rushed to get to your next area each day?

  • Specified speed limit is followed? (6mph or less)

  • What is the speed limit at this facility for forklifts?

  • What would you do if you found that your lift would go faster than the others around you?

  • How would it effect us all if you did not follow the speed limit?

  • Material has been checked for any damages and unstable stacks?

  • What does this question mean to you?

  • Why do you need to check for damage prior to moving the material?

  • How could this be an issue if you didn't check for damage prior to moving the material?

  • Loads on the pallet are transported after confirming that the load is stacked safely and in stable condition?

  • What does taking the extra time to check things on a pallet ensure?

  • Why does it matter if load is not stable if you are only moving it 10 feet?

  • How would you respond if the load was not stable and you couldn't stabilize it on your own?

  • Forklift is paused and position of the forks is confirmed before inserting forks?

  • What does this question mean to you?

  • Why is is not okay to have one fluid motion going into a pallet or container?

  • How would not pausing the lift and checking the position of the forks end up costing money for the company?

  • Forks are positioned in the pallet properly?

  • What is the proper positioning in a pallet?

  • Loads are lowered correctly?

  • What does lowering the load correctly mean to you?

  • What should not be happening while lowering or lifting a load?

  • How could lowering or lifting a load while in motion affect the load?

  • Forklift is not driven with loads higher than 2 to 4 inches from the surface?

  • You can not always do this based on the terrain. What is an acceptable level at this facility?

  • The forklift mast is tilted back to maintain loads during operations?

  • Why do we want the mast tilted back while carrying a load?

  • The operator drives in reverse when the view is obstructed?

  • What do you do if you cannot drive in reverse and your front view is obstructed?

  • Why would you not just drive forward and lean over to see where you are going?

  • How would driving in reverse make you more efficient?

  • Operator stops and sounds horn at intersection?

  • Why do you need to stop and sound the horn every time you are at an intersection?

Loading and Unloading

  • Unsafe behavior such as riding on the trucks or mast is not performed?

  • Product is loaded and stacked properly during the loading / unloading process?

  • No single item is loaded that exceeds the back rest that is consider to be unsafe for travel?

  • All dock constraints are utilized during the loading / unloading process?

  • What dock constraints do we use at this facility?

  • Why do we use glad hand locks?

  • How do you load or unload a trailer? List the steps you take to ensure not only your safety but the safety of others and the equipment and/or property.

  • General Comments

  • Operator Signature

  • Observed By

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