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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

Things to Check Before Operating a Forklift Truck

During the course of a regular working day, a forklift truck can undergo an immense amount of stress, so it’s essential that you thoroughly check it over before you begin operating it. With this in mind, we’ve highlighted some important things to check before you start operating your forklift, in order to ensure better safety, efficiency, and productivity.


Of course, the forklift’s brakes play a pivotal role in the safety of the operator. Make sure that when you press on the foot brake, it stops smoothly. When lightly accelerating, check that the parking brake holds properly, and also that the dead man brake holds when you rise from your seat.


The brakes won’t work that well without decent tires, so ensure that you check they are all inflated before getting behind the wheel. Also, keep an eye out for excessive wear and deep cuts on the tires.

Seatbelts and any other restraint devices

Always check that the belts and restraints work properly and that there are no visible signs of wear or damage on the forklift.

Lights and other warning devices

Another integral part of forklift safety is its lights, including headlights, taillights, and working lights. Make sure they are all in working order, and also be sure to check the horn and other warning devices on the forklift too.

Overhead Guard

Every forklift is equipped with a variety of safety devices, which in the event of an accident, can help to prevent serious injury. One such safety device is the overheard guard, so make sure you check it for any cracks before you start operating the forklift.


The gauges will provide you with critical information when operating the forklift, so it’s important to check all of them on the dashboard before starting a project.


Of course one of the most important components of your forklift are the forks themselves, which are responsible for lifting and holding cargo. In order to help prevent accidents, always look to see if the forks are bent or worn at the beginning of each shift. Also, check there are no cracks, the carriage teeth are not chipped or broken, and that the positioning latches are in good working condition.

Fluid levels

You need to make sure all the forklift’s fluid levels are right before operating it. To make things easier, get the forklift onto a level surface so that it’s easier to check the levels. Everything from the radiator coolant level to the hydraulic oil needs to be checked.

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H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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