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For Detailed Guide Click Here To Download FORKLIFT TRAINING COMPLETE HANDBOOK for FREE

Our Handbook Objectives Are As Follows:

  1. Understand How Forklifts Work
  2. Operate A Forklift Safely And Proficiently Identify Operational Hazards
  3. Apply Common Principles Of Safe Operation
  4. Accurately Examine And Maintain A Forklift

But The Question Arises –

?    Who Needs Forklift Training?

?    Who Must Conduct The Training?

?    Why Is Training Necessary?

The answer is anyone who wants to operate a forklift should be trained by an experienced trainer because Forklifts poses many hazards. Approx. 200 deaths and 38,000 injuries/year.

Some Forklift Safety Hazards

  • Forklifts Are Very Hefty
  • Average Automobile Weights 1,000 – 2,000 Lbs. But Average Forklift Weights 4,000 – 8,000 Lbs.
  • Loads Can Be Weighty
  • Too Weighty To Lift By Hand
  • Forklifts Or Their Loads Can Be Uneven
  • Forklifts Can Roll-Over Easily

We Have Crafted A Checklist For You To Consider Before Starting Your Forklift Truck 

  • Check Your Brakes
  • Check Your Steering
  • Check Your Horn
  • Check Your Lights
  • Check Your Oil
  • Check Your Coolant
  • Check Your Battery/LP Tank Condition
  • Check Your Hoist
  • Check Your Forks
  • Check Your Tires
  • Some Misc. Checks Like Cage And Seat Belt
  • Check Overall Condition Of The Forklift

Here are Some Basic Parts of Forklift Truck


Before Starting The Forklift Truck You Should Keep In Mind ThatA PIT is a PIT NOT a CAR”

If we compare Forklift vs. Automobile there is an immense difference between them like Rear of a forklift swings in opposite direction of the turn. Forklift waves against magnified articles. Drives backward and forward only with one hand on controls permanently.

Step by Step Instruction For Starting The Forklift

  1. Apply The Foot Brake
  2. Shift Gears To Neutral
  3. Turn The Key
  4. Check Meters And Indicators
  5. Check Controls, Steering And Brakes For Smooth Operation

Beyond this if we talk about operating the forklift you have to understand the laws and forces working behind it. You have to control the load’s center of gravity or balance point or load center. Load center is the point where the heaviest part of the load is located. Always pick up load on the side closest to its center of gravity

During this operation you have to also maintain one more thing and that is stability triangle


Combination of actions or circumstances can cause tip-over. Let’s see What Can Cause a Tip- over?

  • Center Of Gravity Side To Side
  • Center Of Gravity Forward
  • Center Of Gravity Backward

NEVER LIFT BEYOND the rated load capacity of your PIT to maintain the LOAD STABILITY. Look for Impact or Capacity plate to find:

  • Engine working capacity
  • Vehicle Weight
  • Engine Working Capacity
  • Rated Load Center
  • Tire Information
  • Attachment Identification
  • Maximum Lift Height

Ask Yourself Few Questions To Avoid Hazards

?    What Is The Rated Load Capacity Of My Truck?

?    Is This Load Stable Within The Capacity Limits?

?    Will Stability Get Affected By Shape Of Load?

?    Will The Load Affect My Visibility?

?    Do I Need To Divide The Load?

?    Do I Need To Drive In Reverse?

?    What Hazards Are On The Route?

?    Can I Get Close Enough?

?    Can I Pull Straight In Easily?


Safe Parking Procedures can save your day, know How and Where to Park? Is there an Attended Parking Unattended Parking? Always Turn engine off & remove the  key before leaving your PIT and Set parking brake. Parking on an incline can be hazardous.

Check on Internal Combustion like Fuel Type, Engine Starting Conditions, Refueling, Changing an LP Tank Gasoline

How to Lift a Load

  • Level The Forks And Slowly Drive Forward Until The Load Rests Against The Mast.
  • Don’t Slam A Load Into The Carriage.
  • Lift The Load High Enough To Clear Whatever Is Under It.
  • Assess The Stability Of The Load.
  • Tilt The Mast Back Slightly To A Traveling Position.

How to Carry the Load

  • Never Allow Anyone To Stand On Your Fork Or Lift People Without An Approved Platform.
  • Never Allow Anyone To Walk Or Stand Under Your Forks, Whether The Forks Are Loaded Or Empty.

Putting Down a Load

  • Square Up And Stop About 1 Foot Away From The Loading Area
  • Drive About 1/2 Way Into The Unloading Area
  • Lower The Load, Assess Alignment, Stability
  • Lower Forks Slightly

In Case Of A Tip-Over Do Not Jump From The Unit!


Torcan Lift Equipment offers a wide range of safety-related training programs to meet your professional needs as well as the regulations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Our Training Programs

  • Forklift Training
  • Boom Lift Training
  • Scissor Lift Training
  • Man Lift Training
  • W.H.M.I.S Training
  • Fall Arrest Training
  • Propane Exchange Training


Want to become a certified PIT Operator?

VISIT: 115 Rivalda Rd., Toronto, ON


CALL: 416-743-2500


For Detailed Guide Click Here To Download FORKLIFT TRAINING COMPLETE HANDBOOK for FREE