Frequently Asked Questions

Inspections

Are we legally obligated to inspect all this equipment?

As long as we do inspections, does it matter if we document them?

My vehicle isn’t registered as a commercial vehicle, so does that mean I don’t have to inspect it?

Checklist Books

When are the Checklist Books used?

What industries use the Checklist Books?

Which employees use the Checklist Books?

How many inspections are in each Checklist Book?

Is there a copy for each inspection?

Can I use one Checklist Book for different types of equipment?

Can I use the same Checklist Book for equipment of the same type, even if the sizes, makes, models and manufacturers are different?

Are Checklist Books kept in stock?

Where do personnel keep the Checklist Books?

Inspection Software

If I use The Checker’s inspection management software, do I have to purchase it?

What type of computer devices will we have to buy for our people in the field so they can use the inspection management software?

What features does the inspection management software have?

What is LAPS?

Books + Software

We want the management benefits of the software, but we don’t want to buy devices for field use. What do we do?

Our personnel aren’t able to get an Internet connection at some worksites. Can we still use the software?

Flexible Solutions

The Checker doesn’t have a Checklist for the type of equipment we need to inspect. Are we out of luck?

We have equipment that we’ve modified. Will the normal Checklist for that type of equipment work?

We already have an inspection form we like, so how can we use the inspection management software?

Inspections

Are we legally obligated to inspect all this equipment?

Yes. Regulations mandate that equipment inspections be done to ensure equipment is safe, and our Checklist Books exceed all regulatory requirements in North America. You can also protect yourself from lawsuits due to injuries if you can demonstrate that your company consistently performs adequate inspections.

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As long as we do inspections, does it matter if we document them?

It absolutely does, because you need proof. Without documentation, you’re vulnerable to regulatory action and lawsuits.

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My vehicle isn’t registered as a commercial vehicle, so does that mean I don’t have to inspect it?

If your vehicle is used for work duties, then it is considered a work vehicle, and inspections still need to be done. It is the responsibility of the employer and its employees to ensure all work vehicles are safe to use, regardless of how they’re licensed.

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Checklist Books

When are the Checklist Books used?

Checklist Books are used for daily pre-use equipment inspections, whatever name they’re called: daily inspection, circle check, pre-use inspection, pre-start inspection, pre-operation inspection, pre-op checklist, walk-around inspection, safety inspection, maintenance inspection, etc. Checklist books are also perfect for post-operation inspections. And they can be used on whatever schedule fits your company’s needs—daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

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What industries use the Checklist Books?

Municipalities, construction, public works, waste, recycling, mining, fire prevention, manufacturing, oil and gas, government, landscaping, and property maintenance, to name a few.

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Which employees use the Checklist Books?

Primarily equipment operators or drivers, but also safety officers, maintenance personnel, and supervisors conducting audits.

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How many inspections are in each Checklist Book?

Each book contains 150 inspections—enough to last more than half a year for a five-day-a-week, single-shift operation.

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Is there a copy for each inspection?

Yes. Each inspection has a yellow copy to stay in the book permanently and a carbonless white copy for removal.

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Can I use one Checklist Book for different types of equipment?

No. Each book is specific to the type of equipment, truck, or asset.

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Can I use the same Checklist Book for equipment of the same type, even if the sizes, makes, models and manufacturers are different?

Yes. Each Checklist applies to the particular type of equipment, truck, or asset—regardless of those differences.

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Are Checklist Books kept in stock?

Yes. We keep an ample supply of each Checklist Book on hand so you don’t have to wait for them to be printed. Contact us for rush shipping.

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Where do personnel keep the Checklist Books?

They can keep them anywhere that's convenient (e.g. a glove department), but our mountable, weatherproof Storage Pouches are ideal for keeping the Checklists protected and readily at hand.

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The Checker Inspection Software

If I use The Checker’s inspection management software, do I have to purchase it?

No. The Checker Mobile is available on the cloud as Software-as-a-Service, so there’s no upfront capital investment in software.

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What type of computer devices will we have to buy for our people in the field so they can use the inspection management software?

Whatever you want—smartphone, tablet, or laptop of any make, model, or manufacturer. Any device with an Internet connection will work, so you can even use our software if you have a BYOD policy.

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What features does the inspection management software have?

As soon as inspections are completed, they are immediately recorded digitally, eliminating the need for data entry. The software creates an electronic archive of all inspections; it has audit and report capabilities that help management use inspection data as business intelligence; and it includes The Checker’s LAPS system. In addition, it automatically emails inspection results to whomever you want to receive them.

What is LAPS?

LAPS stands for “Location Asset Personnel Sync.” It is the administrative component of our software, which you use to register all your equipment, as well as your personnel. It can be used to keep track of where these assets and personnel are. Even if you’re not using LAPS for inspections, it can still be a valuable management tool.

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Books + Software

We want the management benefits of the software, but we don’t want to buy devices for field use. What do we do?

You can use our Checklist Books in the field and then have someone input the data back in the office using the carbonless tear-out copy in the books.

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Our personnel aren’t able to get an Internet connection at some worksites. Can we still use the software?

Yes. The software is one element of The Checker inspection management solution. The other is the Checklist—which can be paper or a digital form that’s integrated into the software. When the digital form can’t be filled out at the time of the inspection, paper Checklists can be used and then the data can be entered into the software later.

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Flexible Solutions

The Checker doesn’t have a Checklist for the type of equipment we need to inspect. Are we out of luck?

Not at all. We are glad to create a Checklist for any equipment you need inspected.

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We have equipment that we’ve modified. Will the normal Checklist for that type of equipment work?

Not if the modification involves the operating capabilities of the equipment. But don’t worry. We can easily customize Checklists, either paper or digital, to account for equipment modifications.

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We already have an inspection form we like, so how can we use the inspection management software?

It’s no problem for us to duplicate your inspection form in our software system.

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