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 Forklift Training Outline #1

* Safety Training *

Forklift & Pallet Jack Safety Training Outline

I. Preparation

  1. Read Safety Manual Chapter
  2. Check for Videos
  3. Check for other resources including forklift poster
  4. Read Manufacturer's Operators' Manual
  5. Read Instructor training information
  6. Resolve questions you have before training session
  7. Notify employees 2 days in advance of time /location of training
  8. Training Materials

II. Video: ____________________

III. Introduce Topic and tell Employees Objective of the Training

  1. Re-train Qualified Employees in the safe operation of motorized pallet jacks & forklifts
  2. OSHA and our company require annual re-training for operators of powered industrial trucks
  3. Pedestrians, operators and equipment safety is important

IV. Operation of Powered Industrial Trucks

  1. Operating instructions, warnings, and precautions for the types of truck the operator will be authorized to operate
  2. Differences between the truck and the automobile
  3. Truck controls and instrumentation: where they are located, what they do, and how they work
  4. Engine or motor operation
  5. Use of seat belts
  6. Steering and maneuvering
  7. Visibility (including restrictions due to loading)
  8. Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations
  9. Vehicle capacity
  10. Vehicle stability
  11. Loading Trucks Trailers & Rail Cars
  12. Pre-use checks
  13. Fuel Spill Procedure
  14. Battery Acid Spill Procedure
  15. Any vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform
  16. Refueling and/or charging and recharging of batteries
  17. Operating limitations
  18. Operating instructions, warnings, or precautions listed in the operator's manual for the types of vehicle that the employee is being trained to operate.

 

V.  Workplace-related topics

  1. Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated
  2. Composition of loads to be carried and load stability
  3. Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking
  4. Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be operated
  5. Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the vehicle will be operated
  6. Hazardous (classified) locations where the vehicle will be operated
  7. Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the vehicle's stability
  8. Closed environments and other areas where insufficient ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust
  9. Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation.

* Give Safety a Lift *

We welcome comments about this article, and your requests for future topics.

    If you have a specific topic you would like to see covered here or that you may need for your company, please send an Email to our Tail Gate Safety Topics editor, Dave Miller at demiller@pacificemployers.com or to peinfo@pacificemployers.com. Thanks!

 

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Copyright 2001 by David E. Miller

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