Forklift Safety

This course will familiarize you with the regulations, responsibilities, and best practices for forklift operators and forklift maintenance

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 3 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Basic Forklift Components
  • Vehicle Inspections
  • Training and Certification of Forklift Operators
  • Overview of Risks and Hazards of Forklift Operation
  • Operating A Forklift
  • Loading the Forklift
  • Traveling in the Forklift
  • Workplace Conditions

Course Description

This course will familiarize you with the regulations, responsibilities, and best practices as outlined in the CFR 1910.178(a) requirements for forklift operators and forklift maintenance. Keep in mind that your skill in operating a forklift protects not only your well-being but the well-being of the people you work with and the safety of the environments you work in. Your forklift skills can prevent costly material damage, life-altering injuries, and even death.

The forklift safety training course consists of content, graphics, audio, non-scored quiz questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Forklift Safety

Course Objectives

  • Key Terms
  • Regulations Related to Forklift Operation.

Basic Forklift Components

  • Controls
  • Instruments
  • Electric Batteries
  • Powered Industrial Truck Classifications
  • Basic Forklift Safety Devices

Vehicle Inspections

  • Pre-Operation Inspections
  • Operational Inspection
  • Forklift Designations and Designated Areas

Training and Certification of Forklift Operators

Overview of Risks and Hazards of Forklift Operation

Operating A Forklift

  • Creating a Stable Load
  • The Stability Triangle
  • Lateral Stability
  • Longitudinal Stability
  • Dynamic Stability
  • Avoiding Tip-Overs
  • Knowing Your Load Capacity
  • Attachments

Loading the Forklift

  • Working with Truck Trailers and Railroad Cars

Traveling in the Forklift

  • Working in the Forklift
  • Steering, Turning, and Changing Direction

Workplace Conditions

  • More Workplace Risks
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Passengers and Riders
  • Forklift Maintenance

Summary

Additional Resources

Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

All powered industrial truck operators must be trained and certified. Only trained and competent operators shall be permitted to operate a powered industrial truck.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Employers must also certify that each operator has received the training and evaluate each operator at least once every three years. Prior to operating the truck in the workplace, the employer must evaluate the operator’s performance and determine the operator to be competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely.

(i) Refresher training, including an evaluation of the effectiveness of that training, shall be conducted as required by paragraph (l)(4)(ii) to ensure that the operator has the knowledge and skills needed to operate the powered industrial truck safely.

(ii) Refresher training in relevant topics shall be provided to the operator when:

(A) The operator has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner;

(B) The operator has been involved in an accident or near-miss incident;

(C) The operator has received an evaluation that reveals that the operator
is not operating the truck safely;

(D) The operator is assigned to drive a different type of truck; or

(E) A condition in the workplace changes in a manner that could affect safe operation of the truck.

(iii) An evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator’s performance shall be conducted at least once every three years.

(5) Avoidance of duplicative training. If an operator has previously received training in a topic specified in paragraph (l)(3) of this section, and such training is appropriate to the truck and working conditions encountered, additional training in that topic is not required if the operator has been evaluated and found competent to operate the truck safely.

What are the governing regulations?

Our online forklift certification safety training course satisfies the OSHA training requirements of 29 CFR 1910.178 for forklift, motorized hand trucks and powered industrial truck operators for both initial and refresher training.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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