Forklift Operator Training Program Intent: The forklift operator training course is designed give new forklift operators an understanding of the physics pertaining to forklifts; to give an understanding of the seriousness of operating a forklift; and to outline the responsibilities for operating a forklift. This program specifies basic knowledge and skill requirements needed for safe operation of lift trucks and their attachments. The three days training course allows participants more time on the machine to learn how to safely operate the forklift. Upon successfully completing the written and practical evaluation the participant receives a certification valid for 2 years.
This program is divided into five theory sections and a practical component. The practical exercise consists of maneuvering a forklift through a predetermined obstacle course while performing several functions. Course length varies on number of students and their experience but is typically 18 hours in length. A general description of the forklift operator training course outline is as follows: Theory Part-Class Room Session • General Requirements • Duty of Employer and Employee • Forklift Accidents • Lift Truck Features & Stability • Video Tapes (Forklift Safety) • Forklift Safety Rules Practical Skills Training • Pre-operational Inspection • Start-up • Traveling with & without a Load • Pedestrians • Load Handling • Ramps & Grades • Elevators • Stacking / de-stacking dummy cargo safely, neatly and with time frame • Workplace Specific Hazards • Procedures for Shutdown / Leaving the Operator’s Position • Re-fuelling / Recharging
Assessment and Certification
New forklift operators who require additional practical time in order to achieve certification.