The safety equipment on a forklift Is designed to protect the operator from danger while performing designated job duties. Some equipment also provides warnings to other individuals in the area. Not all forklifts are equipped with the same safety equipment but whatever safety equipment is included must be used at all times when the forklift is being operated. This equipment must be checked as a part of the inspection process and must be maintained in good working condition at all times (vehicle inspection is discussed fully in Section 12). If any safety equipment is damaged or inoperable the forklift must be taken out of service. 1910.178(p)(1), 1910.178(q)(1). Disconnecting or altering your available safety equipment may result in an OSHA fine.