I.   Background for the Trainer:
You can talk about this in class; however, this portion of the training will make the most impact if you actually take the employees to a forklift and show them how to do the preoperation inspection.  You can either do this at the end of the class, or after this inspection section to give the employees a break from the classroom training.
II.   Speaker’s Notes:
To begin a preoperation inspection, you will need to do a “walk around.” First—be sure the forklift has been properly disengaged. The key should be off, the parking brake on, the forks down, and the gears in neutral.
Next walk to either side of the forklift. Check the tires, be sure there is no debris around the axle or behind the mast, and make sure the overhead guard is solid
Next, look at the front of the truck—check that the forks and hoses are in good condition, fork pins are in place, the backrest is solid, and the mast and chains are greased.
Last, walk to the rear. Check that the counterbalance bolt is tight and the radiator is clear of debris.
The hood on propane trucks needs to be lifted so that the engine can be inspected:
Engine oil, transmission oil, coolant level, brake fluid, hydraulic fluid, fan belt tight and fan clear of debris, radiator clear of debris.
Inspect the propane tank and hose attachment for good condition.  Does the propane tank clamp work effectively?  Any signs of a propane leak?
Electric lift trucks:
Inspect the battery to ensure that it is in good condition.