Is the Forklift Safety Checklist Working?
Who doesn’t want to take a shortcut? When you use the same checklist each day, you already know what it says. Those that complete the checklist may do a couple of actions:
- Pencil whipping – this is when the operator quickly fills out the forklift checklist fast. They already know what questions come first, second, third and so on.
- Half reading – the operator tries to answer the questions more thoroughly, but only at a 50% capacity.
- Completes the checklist thoroughly. This is when the operator takes the time to check and answer the questions to the best of their ability.
Managers try to collect the pieces of paper and put them in a binder. Sometimes, booklets are provided so the checklists are kept together. However, there have been times when the booklets have gone missing. If all goes well, approximately once per week the checklists get reviewed, searching for issues that need to be tended to. Is this really working?