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Safety Areas of a Forklift Training Course

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Instructors often prioritise safety when training students about forklift operation. Other than learning how to operate a forklift, trainees must understand the necessary safety precautions. It is a crucial part of training, and a learner cannot be issued with a forklift operator's license without passing safety tests. Notably, forklift training covers different areas that touch on safety. This article highlights vital forklift safety areas that learners encounter during training.

Pre and Post Operation Inspection 

Operating a forklift throughout a shift exposes it to the elements and various obstacles. For instance, a forklift operator can knock a section of the machine's body to a wall or yank fluid hoses by mistake. Therefore, a forklift operator must inspect every inch of a forklift before and after operation. The assessment protects an operator and workmates from preventable accidents. During training, trainees are taught how to inspect sections of a forklift, such as a battery, fuel pipes, hydraulics, fork teeth and an overhead roof. Trainees are also taught how to fill in a forklift inspection checklist so that an equipment manager takes a closer look at possible damage.


Sometimes, forklift operators want to get the work done fast; therefore, they opt to load a fork to capacity. Unfortunately, while doing it allows you to do a lot during a shift, it sacrifices your visibility. Ideally, anyone operating a forklift should have 360-degree visibility. If you load a forklift to capacity, it might restrict your visibility to a few directions, exposing you to the risk of accidents. Consequently, a forklift training course focuses on visibility during operation. For example, trainees are always taught to look in the direction of travel during initial practice sessions. With time, the use of rearview and side mirrors is emphasised for a holistic understanding of visibility requirements and safety. 

Securing Loads 

You can be the best forklift operator in your class, but it will not account for much if you keep forgetting about securing loads. Therefore, instructors emphasise the security of loads. For instance, securing loads on a forklift improperly interferes with the equipment's stability, exposing an operator and workmates to accidents. For example, if you carry several pallets, ensure that the forks on the forklift go right through pallet spaces. It allows a load to stay still on the forks and retain its stability regardless of the terrain. Therefore, before you get a forklift licence, you must show your instructors that you know how to secure loads for safety reasons.   

Reach out to a local trade school to learn more about forklift training.