Industrial Training - The Best for Less

PLC Training

Secure Trusted Site

Forklift Operator Training 101

This OSHA forklift operator training course is 1st in the OSHA Forklift Certification Training Series.

Forklift operator training


Prod #:  SI-090-Forklift-Operator-101  (13min to 1hr)


Forklift Operator Training 101:

This OSHA forklift operator training video course 101 [Orientation] is the first in the OSHA Forklift Certification Training Series. Forklifts are the cause of many accidents and injuries with the improper operation and lack of proper operator forklift training being the major cause of those accidents. This forklift safety course covers the types of forklifts and operation, the importance of understanding forklift fulcrums, forklift maintenance, workplace hazards, and forklift certification. This course is the start for employers wanting to meet OSHA 1910.178 forklift certification training requirements. Also included are digital copies of additional training materials for print, including a leadership guide, course exam and course answer sheet. This forklift training course can be used as the basis for approximately one hour of instructor-guided training.


OSHA Forklift Operator Training Course includes:

Forklift Operator Training 101


Types Of Forklifts:

There are seven different classes of forklifts, each one designed for a specific environment and type of load to be carried. These range from smaller forklifts for working in tight spaces to giant forklifts designed for complex outdoor projects. It is important that operators know the various type of forklift safety designation on powered industrial trucks set by OSHA 1910.178(a)(b)(c) and certified by American National Standard for Powered Industrial Trucks, Part II, ANSI B56.1-1969. IE: (Diesel forklifts D, DS, DY - Electric forklifts E, ES, EE, EX - Gas forklifts G, GS, LP, and LPS) Using a powered industrial truck not certified for the designated hazardous area it is being used in can be, well... very hazardous to facility, employees, and equipment.


forklift certification:

Many people mistakenly believe that if they can drive a car, they can drive a forklift. This simply isn't true. Forklifts drive and operate differently and are subject to the load they are carrying. Certification is important to fully understand how forklifts operate and how they differ from one another. This certification should include both competency training as well as on-site, hands-on training.


forklift operations:

Operating a forklift properly takes training and patience. It also takes hands-on experience with a variety of load sizes and types to fully understand how a forklift feels and responds. Forklift load centering, visibility, stability, load engaging. Backrest extension, rated capacity are some of the primary considerations. Especially when it comes to the common practice of loading or unloading when the trailer is not coupled to a tractor. The more practice employees have, the better they will become.


the fulcrum:

The most important feature of a forklift is the fulcrum. The fulcrum is what enables the forks to lift and carry and what keeps the forklift from tipping over when carrying heavy loads. The fulcrum acts like a see-saw and will respond to the amount of weight upon it. If there is too much weight, the forklift can tip. The operator knowing the limitations and the weight capacity of the forklift is critical to their  safety.


workplace hazards:

When people hear of workplace accidents, they usually think of machinery or slipping on wet floors, yet many workplace injuries are the direct result of a forklift accident. Forklift accidents are almost always due to speeding, not paying attention, and not operating the forklift properly - all of which are entirely preventable.


forklift maintenance:

Just like your car, a forklift requires maintenance. Routine maintenance is not only imperative, but it is also required by law, as is proper and regular training for vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform [ OSHA 1910.178(l)(3)(i)(J) ]. In addition to keeping your forklift clean and full of fluids, die testing should be conducted on a regular basis to help identify cracks that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Also, employers should reference OSHA 1910.178(q), Maintenance of industrial trucks.


The above forklift safety course is sent as one DVD containing video, training aids and resources.


Any companies or educational intuitions that would like to view the full Forklift Operator Training video sampled below, may do so by using our contact form to provide your full contact information (company name, address, etc.) and request a full review of "Forklift Operator Training [Video number here, ie:101] video". Also contacts us with details if you need a custom safety solution developed for your company.


forklift operator training sample


Forklift Training Program Features:

The OSHA Forklift Operator Training course on this page is delivered in 3 different formats/options depending on your needs. They are DVD only, Video on demand (VOD) plus LMS, and Video on demand (VOD) only. Each format has different combinations of the following safety training program features. See the easy comparison chart to decide which format works best for your training needs.Workplace Safety Training Comparison



VOD: This safety training video can also be accessed as a 100% video course in the Video On Demand library for $149 per month. So purchasing the product on this page in the VOD format subscribes you to the 80+ Video Based Courses Library. All video courses are OSHA, DOT, & EPA Compliant. Cancel subscription anytime. Watch 24/7 from any internet device, so it works great for your coast to coast forklift training program too. New safety video courses added every quarter. Only one login per account at any given time is allowed.


LMS: Also designed with the training manager in mind, the option online "VOD+LMS" includes an online Learning Management System. Using this system, trainers can set up Pre and Post tests... establish log-in procedures... even define and set up a curriculum for various job classes. The system also collects and organizes employee performance information through a powerful relational database, which can generate a number of record-keeping and tracking reports... and has a database import/export feature, which allows information to be transferred to and from an external database (such as a company's personnel database).


Within 24 hours of the order being placed, you will receive an email with an access link or tracking number for shipping, depending on what delivery format you choose.

Free USPS Priority Shipping for DVD version if shipped to USA address.

Delivery Format

training courses

OSHA Forklift Test:

You may want to have employees take our free online OSHA forklift test for pre-evaluation. (To maintain course forklift test integrity, this free online forklift test is Not the same OSHA forklift test given within courses mentioned on this page.)


Related Training Products:

We recommend ...

OSHA Forklift Certification Training Series


Online OSHA Training Video Library VOD


Electrical Safety in HAZMAT Environments Training Course


Hazardous Area Instrumentation Training Course


Process Hazards Analysis eBook (310 pages)


Process Risk Management eBook (272 pages)


Performance Safety: Lessons For Life eBook (173 pages)


Process Safety Audit Protocols eBook (280 pages)


The Practical Guide to Hazardous Area Classification eBook (58 pages)


Related Articles:

Maintenance Safety Training Programs (Cal OSHA)


Hazardous Area Installations

Forklift Training: OSHA Forklift Operator Training (101). This OSHA safety video course is designed for employee training and to help employees pass the OSHA forklift certification, and earn their forklift license.

Forklift license: This forklift safety video course should be included in onboarding training for employees working with or around forklifts (powered industrial truck training). Because it is also offered as video on demand(VOD), this forklift training course works great for coast to coast forklift training.