Common Forklift OSHA Violations

There are many OSHA regulations to follow when using any powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, in the workplace.  Here are several common areas of OSHA compliance:

  • Certified Operators: All forklift operators must be trained and certified.
  • Battery Connector: Functioning and in good repair.
  • Fire Extinguisher, Headlights, Tail Lights, Strobe Light, Gauges/Display, Harness, Horn, LP Tank Latch: If present on the forklift, they must be in good working condition.
  • Operator’s Manual: Must be present on the forklift and operator must be familiar with the manual.
  • Safety Labels: All appropriate safety labels must be on the forklift.
  • Chains, Forks, Tires: Must not be worn beyond a certain point.  Must be in good working condition.
  • Daily Checklist: All forklifts shall be examined at least daily before use and records must be maintained of this check.

If the powered industrial truck is in need of any of the above repairs, the truck should be taken out of service until it has been restored to safe operating conditions.

Yes Equipment & Services offers a free OSHA Safety Audit!  We will audit your entire warehouse for potential OSHA safety violations, and help you find the best safety solutions for your location.



Yes Equipment & Services, a forklift company with locations in Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL.

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