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Forklift Operation Program
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Course Overview

This new training program identifies the characteristics of a forklift and its safe operating procedures. Using reenactments of forklift accidents and incidents, learners comprehend the need to operate these machines safely.

Training explores incident prevention techniques by knowing how your forklift operates; inspecting and fueling/charging, properly lifting, carrying, and placing the load; and driving safely. The course also identifies hazardous driving conditions, procedures to loading trucks and railcars, and guidlines when working near pedestrians and other forklifts.


The course presents interactive instruction covering the following topical areas:


  • Importance of forklifts

Forklift Basics

  • Forklift steering
  • Difference between cars and forklifts

The Forklift Load

  • Load stability
  • Forklift load limit
  • Examples of unstable loads
  • Elevated load stability

Familiarity with your Forklift

  • A confused forklift operator
  • Fork attachments
  • Components to be familiar with
  • Specific workplace hazards

Forklift Inspection

  • When forklifts should be inspected
  • Forklift components to inspect
  • Testing operation of components
  • Procedures when defects are found

Refueling and Recharging

  • Preparation for refueling or recharging
  • PPE when handling electrolytes
  • Refueling and recharging precautions

Load Handling

  • A forklift mishap
  • Picking up a load
  • Picking up an elevated load
  • Placing a load
  • Overhead hazards

Safe Driving

  • Forklift mishap
  • Carrying a stable load
  • Precautions when carrying a load
  • Loads that block forward view
  • Conditions that present driving hazards
  • Crossing railroad tracks
  • Driving on slopes or ramps
  • Loading into trailers or railcars

Rules of the Road

  • Near miss with pedestrian
  • Approaching intersections
  • Approaching blind spots
  • No riders
  • Pedestrian precautions
  • Travelling near other forklifts
  • Unattended forklifts

Value added

  • Refreshments
  • Lunch
  • Registration
  • Examination Entry Fees
  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Certificate (on successful completion)

Inhouse Training

This course can also be run in house for up to 15 persons per course by arrangement

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