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Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can also be used to raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers. Powered industrial trucks can either be ridden by the operator or controlled by a walking operator.

The hazards commonly associated with powered industrial trucks vary depending on the vehicle type and the workplace where the truck is used.

The scope provisions of 1910.178(a), which are based on ANSI B56.1-1969, cover:

Fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.

The standard does not apply to compressed air or non-flammable compressed gas-operated industrial trucks, farm vehicles or vehicles intended primarily for earth moving or over the road hauling.

Scope of Training: This course is designed to provide the delegate with information on the procedures for safely operating a forklift. The course content will also describe the characteristics of the different types of forklifts and what precautions should be considered when operating a forklift.

Course Length: 2 hours

Course Objectives: Upon the completion of the course, the delegate will be able to:

  •  Identify the different types of powered industrial trucks
  •  Discuss basic powered industrial trucks operating principles
  •  Describe powered industrial trucks safety requirements
  •  Discuss hazardous driving situations
  •  Show familiarization with common practices between the “Dos” and “Don’ts” when operating a powered industrial truck
  •  Understand the stability triangle
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