Powered Industrial Truck Safety

Target Audience
Expected Duration
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Expertise Level


This course is designed for personnel who work with or around power-propelled trucks (also called forklifts) that are used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack, or tier materials. The course will better familiarize the worker and their supervisor with health and safety concerns associated with powered industrial trucks. The content in this course is designed to comply with applicable regulatory requirements. The learning objectives of the course are to explain the purpose of the Powered Industrial Truck standard (29 CFR 1910.178); define operator training requirements for powered industrial trucks; distinguish between the different types of powered industrial trucks; recognize general engineering principles associated with powered industrial truck safety; distinguish potential occupational health and safety concerns associated with the use and maintenance of powered industrial trucks; describe safe loading and unloading methods; and identify general inspection and maintenance procedures. This course 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. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.

Target Audience
Employees operating and servicing powered industrial trucks or forklifts

Expected Duration (hours)

Lesson Objectives

Powered Industrial Truck Safety

  • Powered Industrial Truck Safety
  • recognize OSHA safety regulations
  • identify operator training requirements
  • Knowledge Check: Training Requirements
  • identify general engineering principles associated with powered industrial truck safety
  • identify how the center of gravity affects safe operation of powered industrial trucks
  • Knowledge Check: Engineering Principles
  • calculate the load capacity of a powered industrial truck
  • identify characteristics of a nameplate on a powered industrial truck
  • Knowledge Check: Load Capacity and Nameplates
  • identify factors related to tip-over accidents
  • select safe operating practices when using or maintaining powered industrial trucks
  • Knowledge Check: Safe Operation
  • identify safe loading and unloading methods
  • Knowledge Check: Loading and Unloading
  • identify safe fueling and recharging methods
  • Knowledge Check: Fueling and Recharging
  • identify general inspection and maintenance procedures
  • Knowledge Check: Inspection and Maintenance
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