Heavy Equipment Safety Inspection Checklist

Heavy equipment operating.
Heavy equipment operating. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Select a competent and knowledgeable employee to regularly inspect heavy equipment. This serves to ensure all Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations are followed, as well as all manufacturer and company inspection policies.

External Inspection

A walk-around inspection includes visual checks for general leaks under each piece of equipment, cracks or abrasions in the windshield, windshield wiper damage, tire wear or cuts and tire pressure. Visually observe to ensure all lights, turn signals and road hazard signals are in proper working condition, as well as doors, locks and hatches. Look over buckets, blades, scoops, hoses, electrical and hydraulic lines and treads for any breakage or wear.

Internal Inspection

Under the hood, look at the radiator, belts, hoses, oil and fluid levels. Check for leaks, loose or worn belts, broken or worn hoses. Replace or repair anything that is not in proper condition. Be sure the fuel tank is full. Confirm brakes, clutch, horn, gauges, instruments and steering all work properly. Make note of any unusual noises on the daily checklist. Clarify that up-to-date vehicle documents, a working fire extinguisher and a stocked first aid kit are all on board.

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