Forklift Safety

Course Introduction

A forklift is a powerful tool that allows one person to precisely lift and place large heavy loads with little effort. Using a tool such as a forklift, cart or hand truck instead of lifting and carrying items by hand can reduce the risk that you will suffer a back injury.

Every year nearly 100 workers are killed and 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift mishaps.

This course contains general information about:

  • the kinds of forklifts commonly available
  • the principles of physics that allow a forklift to lift and move heavy loads safely
  • forklift operator training requirements
  • some basic operator safety rules
  • hazardous locations where carbon monoxide is a problem or a special forklift is needed
  • safety while servicing a forklift

This course is not designed to be a substitute for operator training in the operation of specific forklifts in a specific workplace as required by OSHA regulations.


Key Topics

  • Forklift Components
  •  Stability Triangle
  •  Driving Safely
  • Loading, Lifting, and Unloading
  •  Traveling
  •  Inspections

Target Audience

  • Employees
  •  Supervisors