Forklift Training

Forklift operators use forklifts (also called a lift truck, a high/low, a stacker-truck, trailer loader, sideloader, fork truck, tow-motor or a fork hoist) to pick up and transport materials.  Forklift operators often work in construction, manufacturing and warehouses.

Forklifts are rated for loads at a specified maximum weight and a specified forward centre of gravity. This information is located on a nameplate provided by the manufacturer, and loads must not exceed these specifications. In many jurisdictions it is illegal to remove or tamper with the nameplate without the permission of the forklift manufacturer.

Forklift safety is subject to a variety of standards world-wide.  The most important standard is the ANSI B56—of which stewardship has now been passed from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation after multi-year negotiations.  ITSDF is a non-profit organization whose only purpose is the promulgation and modernization of the B56 standard. 

Other standards have been implemented in the United States by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).  Forklift Truck Operators must be trained and certified to operate forklift trucks. 

The Environmental Health & Safety Department contracts with third-party organizations to provide Fork-Lift Training.

 It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and certified to do so.