It was important that both salary and hourly staff learned the importance of safety together.  Very organized and understandable!

Coutts Library Services (Niagara Falls, ON)
Lift Truck Operator Safety Awareness Training

Only qualified persons should operate a lift truck. A qualified person means, in respect of a specified duty, a person who, because of their knowledge, training and experience, is qualified to perform that duty safely and properly.

OH&S 14.23 (1) Every operator of materials handling equipment shall be instructed and trained by the employer in the procedures to be followed for

  • the inspection of the materials handling equipment;
  • the fueling of the materials handling equipment, where applicable; and
  • the safe and proper use of the equipment

There is a great potential for property and material damage, as well as injury, to the operator and those working around lift trucks. Be pro-active and train your operators.

To those who are new lift truck operators, this course will introduce you to the principles of safe lift truck operation and hazard recognition that may be unfamiliar to you.

For experienced operators, this course provides a chance to refresh your knowledge and add to it so that you may become a more proficient operator with greater hazard recognition skills.

The objective of this course is to produce a professional lift truck operator who will help to ensure a safer workplace for everyone.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act clearly outlines the legal requirements for a lift truck and it’s operator. Here are a few examples of the operators legal responsibilities;

  • need to be competent person
  • guide when vision is obstructed
  • not overloaded
  • secured against accidental movement
  • report defects
  • no passengers
  • no load over workers
  • storing cylindrical objects
  • live power lines

These examples are just a few of the many legal responsibilities that employers and workers are faced with. (To view the list of responsibilities in it’s entirety, refer to the Occupational Health and Safety Act.)

Training your employees is merely the beginning of enhancing your due diligence efforts. Employees need to be periodically monitored and evaluated. Documentation must be filed in order for the due diligence defense to stand up in court

Course Content

  • legal requirements
  • principles of a counterbalanced lift truck
  • vehicle & operator condition
  • injury causes/hazards
  • safe operating techniques
  • propane procedures
  • battery procedures
  • conclusion
  • knowledge verification


  • understand the principles involved in the safe operation of a lift truck
  • know their legal responsibilities in fork lift operation
  • recognize hazards associated with fork lift operations and suggest
    possible solutions
  • verify the knowledge of course content
  • cost includes all course materials, participants manual, wallet size certification card.


"The program was very informative and the instructor held my attention I will definitely be more careful when operating the lift truck, I was not aware of the legislation involved
I wish Carl could teach us all of our courses.  This course raised my awareness of the Occupational Health And Safety Act and has really opened my eyes to health and safety
There were times when I wouldn't use my parking brake but after today's course, I'll be using it every single time I get off the machine the instructor really cares about what he is teaching, a great asset to the course. You can tell he really cares."