Daily Safety Checklist for a Bobcat


Bobcat is a company that makes a range of skid steer loaders and compact track loaders, and the name Bobcat has become a name often used instead of skid steer. These machines are fast, nimble and lightweight, but these attributes can also create hazards. It is important to carry out a safety checklist at the start of each working day to make sure that the machine is safe to use.

Walk-Around Checks

  • Visually inspect for any leaks from the hydraulic hoses and cylinders, and check on the ground for oil and water leaks. Check the tightness of the wheel nuts and that each tire is correctly inflated and is in good condition. Inspect for damage or excessive wear of the hydraulic hoses, bucket or other attachments, protection cage and lights. Make sure all the pivot points are greased as specified in the operator's manual.


  • The engine should be clean, and there should be no signs of leaks. The battery should be well secured and clean, with no signs of corrosion. The air filter and pre-cleaner bowl should be clean. Check the levels of the engine oil and hydraulic fluids are correct, and make sure there is enough fuel and coolant.

In-Cab Inspection

  • Bobcats are often used in environments of dirt and mud, and it is important to keep the cabin clean. Levers, pedals and steps should be clean of the dirt and mud that could cause slipping. The cab floor and seat should also be clean, and the seat belt should be in good working order and have no fraying. Gauges should be clear of dust so that they are fully visible. Before you start the bobcat, check that the horn and lights are working, and check the mirrors, if there are any.

After-Start Checks

  • After starting the engine, take a moment to check that it is running smoothly and that the gauges are operational. Check hydraulic operations by raising the bucket. Check the brakes and steering. If something is defective, it could be unsafe to continue to work, and repairs will need to be made.

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