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Protect Workers from the Dangers of Forklifts

A forklift is a powered industrial truck that is used to lift and move things. They are also called lift trucks, jitneys, fork trucks, fork hoists, and forklift trucks. Driving a lift truck without training and safe operating rules can be dangerous. Lift truck accidents were involved in 614 deaths from 2011 – 2017, and over 7,000 nonfatal injuries occur every year.


Lift Truck Safety

Proper forklift training can prevent accidents, injuries, and fatalities. OSHA requires that all lift truck operators get their forklift certification. Forklift certification must have formal instruction, hands-on training and an evaluation of the operator’s performance in the workplace. The formal instruction can be a combination of lecture, discussion, online learning, video, and written information. The practical forklift training must have demonstrations performed by the trainer and exercises performed by the trainee.


Forklift certification typically lasts three years. Forklift training can prevent lift truck accidents like hitting a person, rollover, and personal falls from a lift truck. Other available incidents include loads falling from a lift, blocked sight, and mechanical failures

Forklift Safety Products and Prices:

Forklift Safety Training Kit

Duration: 45 minutes

Level: Intermediate

Languages: English and Spanish

Digital: $550.00

Digital and Hard Copy: $675.00

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Description: DIY TRAINING KIT: COURSE A – This do-it-yourself training kit provides you with all the materials needed to conduct in-house, classroom-style forklift training. Materials include: Facilitator guides, student guides, wallet cards, course completion certificates, and an interactive presentation

Injury and Illness Prevention Plan Manual

Languages: English and Spanish

Digital Delivery: $600.00

Digital and Hard Copy: $725.00

3-Year Maintenance: $590.00

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Description: MANUAL – The Injury and Illness Prevention Plan is a customized manual written to federal OSHA regulations. Pick from over 120 elective policies, such as powered-industrial trucks (forklifts), to build a complete safety manual. Opt into manual maintenance to ensure your manual remains up-to-date when regulations change.

Forklift Safety Training

Chapter Add-On

Languages: English and Spanish

Digital and Hard Copy: $135.00

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Description: CHAPTER ADD ON – Add the powered-industrial trucks chapter to an existing Safety Services Company Injury and Illness Prevention Plan manual, if this chapter was not selected at the time of purchase.

Our Forklift Safety Training Kit is a Convenient and Cost-effective Training Solution

Dangers of Forklift Operation

Forklifts can be very dangerous for a number of reasons; they are big and bulky, they are fast and they don’t always stop quickly. These reasons make tip-over one of the most serious risks of driving a forklift. Most of the weight of a forklift is carried at the front, while the rear wheels turn the vehicle. Not only does this limit the driver’s field of view, but it also makes the lift more difficult to drive and more prone to overturning.

As with any vehicle, another risk of driving a forklift is that it can move at high speeds. This is dangerous for both the operator and pedestrians. As such, drivers should be trained to drive safely around others. They should also always wear appropriate personal protective equipment and seat belts.

Each lift also operates differently. A forklift driver should only use lifts that they have been trained and certified on.

Driving a forklift comes with many predictable and unpredictable risks. Forklift certification helps the operator prepare for and respond to these risks safely.

Types of Lift Trucks

When receiving forklift certification, the trainers should go over the different lift truck types. Some types of lift truck are counterbalance, side loader, telehandlers, heavy duty, rough terrain, and order picker.

Having the knowledge of the different classes and types of power through forklift certification, trucking will help employees operate them safely.

Forklift training should include the types of power. Lift trucks can be powered by batteries, diesel fuel, gasoline, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquified petroleum gas (LPG) or propane. Electric-powered lifts are typically used indoors in warehouses. Lift trucks with internal combustion engines can be quickly refueled but need regular maintenance checks for leaks of fuel or oil and worn parts to keep systems working correctly. In addition, forklifts powered by internal combustion engines used indoors may expose workers to exhaust and noise.

Get Online Forklift Operator Training

While the Safety Services Company online forklift safety training cannot give practical forklift driving experience, it does give the required theoretical knowledge. This is perfect to refresh, supplement, or reinforce internal policy or onsite training. In addition, our online training platform, SafetyConnect is a feature-rich content and learning management system to support all of your safety needs: from storage of important forklift operator safety and training records to conducting remote demonstrations of forklift operator equipment specific to your workplace.

Do-It-Yourself Forklift Operator Training

If you have forklifts, you probably already have qualified training operators. With guidance, they could train others. Safety Services Company offers forklift operator training kits for such purposes. These kits include the following:

  • An interactive digital presentation
  • A facilitator guide
  • A student guide
  • Knowledge assessments
  • Certificates of completion
  • An attendance log

Forklift Operator Policy for Safety Manual

A complete forklift operator policy should be specific to your business and work sites. Safety Services Company offers manuals customized for your business.

Onsite Services

When you need help setting up a complete Forklift Operator safety program, Safety Services Company can send out a safety professional to evaluate your work environment and offer consultation.

Forklift Operator Prequalification Services

Working with ISNetworld®, Avetta®, Veriforce®, or any of 30+ prequalification platforms to land a contract with a safety-minded organization? Safety Services Company offers safety prequalification services to help companies meet prequalification platform requirements for forklift operator and other such safety topics. These services are not limited to but include:

  • A consistently maintained health, safety, and environmental manual complete with a forklift operator policy
  • A dedicated safety and compliance manager to support your business, review your prequalification needs quarterly, and maintain your prequalification accounts
  • A student guide
  • OSHA 300 log maintenance to meet annual reporting requirements
  • Management of insurance documentation

Forklift Operator Toolbox Talks / Forklift Operator Safety Meetings

To reinforce a forklift operator training, companies must regularly talk about forklift operator topics. Weekly safety meetings and toolbox talks allow this. Safety Services Company offers industry-guided forklift operator safety meetings sent in weekly or biweekly installments. Choose from over 1000 topics, including forklift operator.

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Forklift Regulations


29 CFR 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks

This section contains safety requirements relating to fire protection, design, maintenance, and use of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.


8 CCR 3650 – Industrial Trucks. General

This covers the design requirements for various types of forklifts.

8 CCR 3668 – Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training

This contains information on the training requirements and documented certification.

8 CCR 3664 – Operating Rules

This covers the safe operating procedures that must be posted in the open and in a language understood by the majority of the employees and enforced by the employer.

8 CCR 3656 – Order Pickers and Stock Pickers

This covers operating speeds, required safety equipment, to include warning lights, fall protection, guardrails and work platforms.

8 CCR 3660 – Rated Capacity

This states that the rated capacity for lift trucks must be displayed on the vehicle at all times and that forklifts will not be loaded beyond the designated capacity.

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Arms, legs, head, and feet inside the forklift when driving

Safety Services has been excellent in keeping my account up-to-date and my grades at the highest levels. Thank you for all that you do.

Lisa M. – California