Forklift Operation 3: Load Handling

Employees operating forklifts

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Expected Duration
30 minutes

Forklifts are an important tool used in many industries, but they present many hazards to their operators. The good news is that many of these hazards can be avoided, if not eliminated, when operators are trained to properly operate and load a forklift. Some basic practices can be used to improve safe load handling – for example, driving the forks as far under the load as possible. More specific practices for approaching, lifting, and lowering a load can also help forklift operators improve load handing safety, as they perform each of these actions. Armed with this knowledge, forklift operators will be better prepared to safely load the forklifts they operate.
Forklift Operation 3: Load Handling was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology.


Loading a Forklift

  • identify safe load handing practices
  • recognize what the guidelines for correctly approaching, lifting, and lowering a load are meant to accomplish





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