Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Safety

Rough Terrain Forklift Operator Safety

April 16, 2010

Training time: 4 – 6 Hours.

Information to be presented:
According to OSHA (29 CFR 1910.178), all employees who operate a Powered Industrial Truck must be trained and certified prior to operation. In this course, we will train the student in the skills needed to safely operate a standard gas or diesel Rough Terrain Forklift Truck. A written test and Hands-on practice and performance evaluation using an actual Forklift to move and lift loads is the highlight of this class.

As part of the registration process, companies will be required to submit to ESC Audits, LLC a list of employee names (on company letterhead), that will be attending this course that includes the experience that each employee has on operating “Rough Terrain Forklifts” and the type of equipment that they have operated in the past.


  • Operating instructions, warnings, and precautions for the types of truck the operator will be authorized to operate
  • Differences between the truck and the automobile
  • Truck controls and instrumentation: where they are located, what they do, and how they work
  • Engine or motor operation
  • Steering and maneuvering
  • Visibility (Blind Spots, including restrictions due to loading)
  • Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations
  • Vehicle capacity
  • Vehicle stability
  • Any vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform
  • Refueling
  • Operating limitations
  • Any other operating instructions, warnings, or precautions listed in the operator’s manual for the types of vehicle that the employee is being trained to operate

Workplace-related topics:

  • Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated
  • Composition of loads to be carried and load stability
  • Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking
  • Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be operated
  • Intersections, Blind Corners, Construction Traffic, or other obstacles that could affect the safe operation of the forklift.
  • Hazardous (classified) locations where the vehicle will be operated
  • Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the vehicle’s stability
  • Closed environments and other areas where insufficient ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust.
  • Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation

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