Operator Training

This course provides instruction on forklift safety principles. Operators review the top causes of accidents, stability, daily inspection, and fueling procedures. Particular emphasis is placed on your unique forklifts and workplace-related issues. Each participant takes a written test and receives hands-on instruction for one piece of equipment (Sit-Down Forklifts Only) operated at your facility.

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In addition to learning forklift safety principles, your trainer reviews OSHA regulations, classroom preparation, and hands-on evaluation procedures.

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ProLift offers a selection of safety training materials for your internal forklift programs. Make your classroom preparation easier with video training kits, daily inspection checklists, lock-out/tag-out kits, operator wallet cards and more! Our Safety Specialist is available to answer your questions.

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Forklift safety training is an OSHA requirement for all forklift operators. Every employer is responsible for ensuring operators are competent to drive a forklift and provide training prior to operation at the job site. Training must:

  • Be directly supervised by persons with the knowledge, training and experience to train operators and evaluate their competence
  • Take place in an area that does not put others at risk for harm
  • Include classroom training & a hands-on skill evaluation
  • Be refreshed every 3 years

Training should also be given on each unique make and model of forklift. Visit OSHA 1910.178 for more details.

Refresher Training Requirements

An evaluation of an operator’s performance must be conducted every 3 years. You should also provide refresher training to forklift operators under the following circumstances:

  • Observed driving in an unsafe manner
  • Involved in an accident or near-miss
  • Received a hands-on evaluation that indicates unsafe driving
  • Assigned to a new piece of equipment
  • Subjected to a change in the workplace environment


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Benefits of Forklift Safety Training

Justifying the cost and the time needed to conduct safety training for your lift equipment can be a struggle. It’s easy to lean on the federal law using OSHA as a scare tactic or to use a guilt factor, encouraging others in the company to focus on their employees’ health and survival. Both arguments can be powerful, but there are other benefits of lift safety training.

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