What Does Forklift Training Involve and Who Can Teach It?

Posted on: April 2, 2015

Forklift Training

Receiving comprehensive forklift training is an important first step in becoming a forklift driver.  As an employer, you shouldn't hand over the keys to just anyone since doing so can be dangerous. Your employee may know how to operate a vehicle safely and effectively, but not all equipment is equal. Forklifts require extra attention to detail and experience to avoid possible dangerous situations. Operating any type of heavy machinery takes practice and skill. We can help your employees to gain the certification they need to become a qualified forklift driver; in order to prevent costly accidents. There are many steps your employees will have to take to complete this important process. 

Before pursuing their certification, we recommend that they learn about the type of forklift driving that is necessary for your workplace.  For example, if they were using a forklift to move equipment from one location to the next before but now need to use it to stack boxes, that requires a new set of skills. Different companies require different qualities and experience so don't assume that just because an employee drove a forklift before that they are equipped to handle your needs. We will teach them how to be comfortable in all of the situations that may arise when working for your company.  

Not all forklift training is created equal.  We can come to your facility and train your employees in a way that is effective.  We can also conduct an OSHA-approved safety course to ensure that you and they, are in compliance with current safety regulations. During this portion of the forklift training, they will learn all of the requirements for operating this heavy machinery and how to do so without causing dangerous circumstances in your workplace.  We will also discuss safety issues and policies that are relevant to your workplace facilities including any required safety gear, work-specific forklift equipment, and rules for operating the forklift. There will also be plenty of time for them to ask questions to learn as much as they can about how to prevent workplace liabilities. 

Another aspect of the training will be to discuss the various types of forklifts; vehicle capacity; vehicle stabilization and limitations; maintenance; motor operation; surface conditions; pedestrian traffic; and how to operate safely in dangerous or restricted areas. Our hope is that your employees learn all of this thoroughly, but if at any point they want more information, we can always offer a refresher course. 

Warning:  Do not take a risk by asking other employees to conduct the training.  Too often, unqualified supervisors conduct forklift training.  They can fail to pay close attention to what is happening and may not be good instructors, in general. It is not safe to have employees train under unqualified individuals or those who are preoccupied. We, however, will make sure your training course is conducted in a safe location, free of people and important goods or services so that everyone can concentrate on the task at hand.