Forklift Certification Safety Training Video on DVD by Atlantic Training

Forklift Certification Safety Training Video on DVD
  • SKU: CS263-DVD
  • Copyright: 2016
  • Runtime: 25 mins
  • Producer: Atlantic Training
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Forklifts and other powered industrial trucks are indispensable in many companies. They are rugged powerful tools that save time, money and effort. But the same qualities that make them so helpful can also make them dangerous. Using powered industrial trucks results in over 100 fatalities and over 35,000 serious injuries each year. When used incorrectly, or if forklifts and other trucks are not properly maintained, they can do significant damage.

Atlantic Training's "Forklift Training" Video & DVD Programs review how to inspect forklifts and other powered industrial truck equipment prior to operation, safe operating procedures, forklift stability, and how to recognize potential problem situations. The program includes information on:

  • OSHA's certification process.
  • The seven classes of industrial trucks.
  • Equipment checkout.
  • A forklift's "stability triangle".
  • Safe operating procedures.
  • Lifting and lowering loads.
  • Trucks and loading docks.
  • Equipment maintenance.
  • ...and more.

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  • (2) Training DVDs - (1) in English and (1) in Spanish Closed Captioned DVD with digital trainer tools for each.
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Video Highlights

Video Highlights

  • Types of powered industrial trucks.

    Types of powered industrial trucks.

  • Lift trucks designated classes one through five.

    Lift trucks designated classes one through five.

  • Electric hand trucks designated as

    Electric hand trucks designated as "Class three".

  • Two other classes besides 1-5 that are designated as industrial trucks.

    Two other classes besides 1-5 that are designated as industrial trucks.

  • Checking your industrial truck.

    Checking your industrial truck.

  • Examining industrial truck batteries and connections.

    Examining industrial truck batteries and connections.

  • Where to recharge and refuel industrial trucks.

    Where to recharge and refuel industrial trucks.

  • The correct procedure to refuel a propane powered industrial truck.

    The correct procedure to refuel a propane powered industrial truck.

  • Correct driving procedures.

    Correct driving procedures.

  • Regulations regarding riders on industrial trucks.

    Regulations regarding riders on industrial trucks.

  • Checking your industrial truck work area.

    Checking your industrial truck work area.

  • Knowing the special handling requirements regarding forklifts.

    Knowing the special handling requirements regarding forklifts.

  • Stabilizing an industrial truck load.

    Stabilizing an industrial truck load.

  • Understanding the overall stability of a forklift.

    Understanding the overall stability of a forklift.

  • Understanding the forklift's verticle stability line.

    Understanding the forklift's verticle stability line.

  • What to do if your forklift begins to tip.

    What to do if your forklift begins to tip.

  • How to prepare for driving on a ramp.

    How to prepare for driving on a ramp.

  • Keeping a powered industrial truck safe.

    Keeping a powered industrial truck safe.

What's in The Box

What's In The Box

  • (1) 25 Minute Training DVD in ENGLISH
  • (1) 25 Minute Training DVD in SPANISH
  • (1) year of FREE Updates: OSHA Compliance
  • (10) Free accesses to streaming library WAVE
  • Digital: Scheduling Form, Attendance Form, Employee Quiz, Training Certificate, Log, Wallet Cards (printable)

Video Transcript

Powered industrial trucks are rugged tools use to push, pull, carry, lift and stock materials. These category of machines includes the tractors that pull luggage cart at airports, the all terrain reach trucks on construction sites and of course forklifts. All of these vehicles save us effort, time and money. But if they aren't uses correctly or maintained properly, they can be dangerous. To help us use these machines safely OSHA's created the powered industrial trucks standards. One of the most significant parts of the regulation deals with training. Before you can use any type of powered industrial truck, OSHA requires that you'll be fully trained, evaluated and certified by a competent instructor. Your certification process will includes instructional safety procedures and training on how to operate the industrial trucks that you'll be using, you will also have supervise driving practice. Your knowledge and ability will be re-evaluated at least once every three (3) years, at this time you we'll also receive a re-training that maybe necessary. Additionally, OSHA requires re-training anytime you are observed being unsafe, have a close call or are involved in an accident. Re-training is also required whenever there is a change in your workplace that may affect your ability to operate your truck safely.

To help you choose the industrial truck that is right for your job, OSHA has separated them into seven classes. Classes 1 through 5 are forklifts and other lift trucks. These machines often have massive counter balance weights that allow them to lift heavy loads. 

  • Class 1 are counterbalanced forklifts that are powered by electric motors. Since these machines don't produce exhaust gas, they are a good choice for use inside warehouses and other buildings.
  • Class 2 trucks are narrow aisle lift trucks and order pickers. Some of these machines actually raise the operators to where they can easily reach materials thereafter. Fall protection must be worn by workers for using this equipment.
  • Class 3 vehicles are electric powered hand trucks such as power trucks that the operators to walk behind or leaved. Even though you do not drive these machines you must be properly trained before you use them.
  • Class 4 and 5 are counterbalanced forklifts that powered by gasoline, diesel or propane. Class 4 forklifts are outfitted solid rubber tires. They can only be use on paved surfaces. Class 5 forklifts on the other hand have pneumatic tires which allows them to drive on unpaved surfaces as well. In addition to these classes are general industry lift trucks, OSHA classified two more types of vehicles as powered industrial trucks.
  • Class 6 are tractor like machines, such as the vehicles that pull luggage carts in airports. Since these don't lift loads they are not counterbalanced these makes them lighter and somewhat easier to drive.
  • Class 7 are counterbalanced rough terrain lift trucks. Unlike other lift trucks class 7 machines have booms that allow them to pickup and place materials in difficult to reach locations. Additional training is required to operate these truck safely.

While each type of powered industrial truck has it own characteristics there are some general rules to follow in using any of them. Let's start with an essential safety rule that's really just common sense. When maintaining or operating any type of powered equipment keep track of where you putting your body parts. Never place your feet, hands or fingers where it could be crashed or amputated. The next thing to remember is that you should inspect your truck everyday, begin your shift by giving a good ones over. If you're operating truck that used around the clock. You'll assume the next driver will catch problems with the truck that developed while you were using it. So, inspect it at the end of your shift as well that way you won't leave any dangerous surprises for your co-workers. If you find something wrong take the key out of the ignition and put a sign on the vehicle that identifies it as out of stock service then inform your supervisor of the problem. Create a checklist for your inspection, start with the exterior, make sure moving parts operate correctly and safety guards are not bent or broken. 

The air pressure in pneumatic tires must be kept up to spec. Solid tires should not have any gaseous or embedded debris. Verify  that the steering is not to tight or to loose, and it warning lights, back up alarms and horns are all working. Make sure that the breaks feels firm and stop the truck effectively. Check the hydraulic and oil level. Examine batteries for leaks and corrosion, make sure that they're cable connections are tight. On electrically powered trucks tests the battery's electrolyte level. Remember to wear personal protective equipment as you do it, eye protection, face shields and rubber gloves are  mandatory  whenever you work with battery acid. 

Industrial trucks with internal combustion or I.C. engines run on propane, gasoline or diesel fuels. These models require yearly emissions tests similar to the one's performed on automobiles. You should verify that I.C. powered vehicles have passed these tests, before you use them. I.C. powered industrial trucks also require other checks that are similar to those that you perform on your car, including transmission fluid, motor oil and cool length levels, look at these every time you refuel your truck. Only recharge and refuel your truck in designated no smoking area away from flames, sparks and electric arcs, these holds through for even electric powered trucks because their batteries can give of highly flammable hydrogen gas. Before recharging an electrically powered industrial truck raise the hood you should leave it open until the battery is finish charging. This will reduce the chances of an explosion, by allowing any hydrogen gas that is generated during the charging process to disperse. Leave the charger off until you have connected it to the battery, so you don't generate any sparks. Take the charger's plug and connect it to the battery's plug that you disconnected from the truck itself. Remember you have to connect the charger to the battery for the charging to occur. While it's possible to plug the charger directly into the truck or the battery plug usually goes don't do it battery, it is an expensive mistake that can blow the truck's circuit. Once the cables are properly connected you can turn the charger on. Once the battery is charge turn the charger off before you disconnect the cables. Then make sure that the hood is securely re-positioned and locked, this will keep the battery from coming out of its compartment if the truck ever tips over.

When refilling propane powered industrial truck, first shut off valve to the fuel tank, let the engine 1 until it stalls then turn it off, this uses up any unburnt propane in the system. Next, unscrew the gas line from the tank and roll the tank off the truck. Position the new tank by aligning with the tank locating pin. This puts the fuel pick up tube inside the tank at the best angle to withdrew the propane. Secure the tank in place hand tightened the fuel line and open the valve. Once your vehicle has been fueled you're ready to roll. 

Whenever you are operating a powered industrial truck you need to follow safe operating procedures. Begin by entering the vehicle properly, use a three point map. Make sure that you have at least two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand in contact with the truck at all times, this will help keep you from slipping. Before you drive off buckle up and adjust your seat belt. While you're moving keep your hands inside the vehicle watch where you are going and stay alert for hazards. When you're driving your forklift, keep the forks low 4 to 6 inches from the floor. Raise forks can damage equipment and injure co-workers. Maintain safe speeds to avoid accidents and don't stop abruptly when carrying a load, the sudden jolt could cause it to fall you or slide off the fork. Drive to the right of on coming traffic and pedestrians just as you would in a car. Don't tailgate stay at least three truck lengths behind other vehicles. Stop and sound your horn at corners and doorways to let other drivers or anyone on foot know your there look both ways before you pull out. Make sure you maintain clear view of where you are gong. If you're moving a load that blocks your forward vision drive in reverse use a spotter to help you if necessary. Drive carefully and never fool around while operating an industrial truck, the driver's safety is no place for joker or show off. And never allow riders on any industrial truck unless it is specifically designed for transporting passengers. 

There are basic procedures that should be followed in specific operating environment as well. If you are working indoors with a truck that has internal combustion engine, make sure there's plenty of ventilation to remove exhausts fumes. You can improve airflow by turning on fans and opening doors and windows. In areas were the atmosphere can't be made safe use electrically powered truck instead. 

Because industrial trucks can generate heat and sparks, they can be dangerous to use around flammable and explosive materials. To combat this, some trucks have safety features added to the exhausts fuel and electrical systems that prevent them from igniting these substances. To help you determine which trucks are safe to use around various types of hazardous materials, OSHA has separated powered industrial trucks into 11 different categories. These designations are mark on the name plates of each truck along with information such as classification, weight and lifting capacity. By referencing table N-1 in OSHA's powered industrial truck regulation (CFR 1910.178) you can see which trucks OSHA has approved for use around different types of materials. Talk to your supervisor if you have any questions. As you operate your industrial truck you should also check the work area itself for potential hazards, such as limited aisle clearance and the distance to overhead pipes and duct work, you don't want to get stuck or cause any damage. When you need to leave your vehicle put the engine in neutral and set the parking break, if you are on a forklift lower the forks to the ground, this will help to keep it from moving.

Whenever you will be more than 25 feet away or your vehicle will be out of your sight, shut the power off and take the key with you. When parking make sure you don't block stairwells, exits or fire hydrants, they maybe needed in an emergency. Be sure to block your wheels when you are on a slope, runaway industrial trucks are dangerous. If someone needs to talk to you and you are operating an industrial truck don't let them come too close to the vehicle as them to stand off at least 3 feet and explain to them that the extra distance will keep them safe if something unexpected happens with the truck.

Although all industrial trucks have similarities on they're operated, forklifts have special handling requirements. One reason for this is the counterbalance weight in the back. This weight prevents the forklift from tipping forward when it raises a load and contributes to its tremendous lifting capacity. A loaded forklift is like a seesaw, the front wheels are the full chrome upon which the machine is balanced. If a load is too heavy or too far from the wheels, the forklift is likely to tip forward. so you need to check your forklift's name plate to see what it's lifting capacity is. Always use a machine that is rated to handle the load that you want to move. 

If you're picking up a loaded pallet, space the forks widely apart to better balance the load. Keeping the forks level and a few inches off the ground, move forward slowly until the pallet is seated all the way back on the forks. Once the fork are fully inserted, slowly lift the pallet about 6 inches then tilt the mast back to secure the load for transport. If you are lifting a pallet from a overhead rack, make sure that you lower the mast before travelling with the load. A forklift with a raise blow is extremely unstable. If you try to drive with the load in this position, you are likely to tip over. Some loads maybe naturally off centered, be sure they are stabilize before moving them. Find the load's center of gravity and position the forks accordingly. Special attachments can be installed on a mast of forklifts to move barrels, carpet and other hard to grasp objects. Since these attachments can radically change the lifting capacity of a forklift, a new name plate with revised specifications will it be installed on the vehicle. Be sure you read the information on a plate before picking anything up. Forklifts can even be use to elevate workers, but only on proper safety platforms that are securely fastened to the mast. Never drive a forklift with someone on the platform, moving it a few inches is dangerous because workers could fall or be crashed.

When driving a forklift you need to remember is not stable as a car. Most forklifts are supported only at three points. On three wheeled machines the first point is the rear wheel. On four wheeled forklifts is it at the center of the rear axle. The second and third points are the front wheels. These three point forms what it's called the stability triangle. Because a forklift is designed to handle loads, when it's not carrying anything its center of gravity falls towards the back of the stability triangle, close to the first point of support at the rear. Since this is near two of the triangle edges it doesn't take much to make the forklift unstable. In fact, just running over a 2 x 4 can push the center of gravity outside the stability triangle causing the forklift to tip. When you're lifting and carrying a load, a forklift center of gravity will shift towards the front and the second and third points of support the front wheels. Since the center of gravity is now well away from the sides of the stability triangle, the forklift is generally more stable. But even a loaded forklift can has stability problems, a load that is too heavy can shift the center of gravity out of the stability triangle, this can make the forklift hard to control and causes to tip forward. In a worst case scenario, you may even lose the load or damage the forklift. Another aspect of the stability triangle involves a forklift vertical stability or line of action. This is an imaginary vertical line that runs through the forklift's center of gravity. As long the line of action falls within the stability triangle, the forklift will be stable. There are factors however that can shift the line of action outside of the stability triangle and cause the forklift to tip, for example;

  • the placing a load near the end of the forks, can shift the center of gravity further forward than it safe, so you need to check your truck's name plate for the proper load centers you should use to keep it stable
  • raising a load too high when the forklift stop on a angle or uneven floor can shift the combine center of gravity out of the stability triangle on a downhill side. 
  • the same thing can happen when you drive and raise load on the way surface that is angled like a ramp or one that's uneven and might cause the truck to shift its stand suddenly.

Remember any load will change a forklift's center of gravity. To stabilize a forklift when driving with a load, the best approach is to tilt the mast back and keep the forks low. If for any reason your forklift does begin to tip, don't jump out you could be crash beneath the machine. Instead brace your feet, grab on the steering wheel and pull yourself tight up against it. Lean in the opposite direction from the way the vehicle is tipping. Don't try to get out of the forklift until is is come to a complete stop. 

There are several important things you need to remember about driving a powered industrial trucks. Most of forklifts and some other powered industrial trucks have rear wheel steering, so you need to be careful going around corners because the forks and the rear of the vehicle will both swing wide. Be especially cautious when you're on a loading dock, seem don't go over the edge. Crossed curves and railroad trucks slowly and add an angle, this will keep at least two wheels in contact with the ground at all times and prevent the forklift from tipping over. You also need to pay special attention to slopes and ramps. When transporting a load always keep the forks and the load uphill, this means you should back down a slope otherwise you could lose the load. If you aren't carrying a load the opposite is through, always keep the forks pointed downhill to maintain the forklift's balance. This also gives you better control of the forklift since it puts more of the weight on the front drive wheels where the breaks are located. Before driving on a ramp, clear away any obstacles that are in your path litter and liquid spills can cause a forklift to tip or skid. Check outdoor ramps for paddles and ice or snow. Be especially careful on steep and climbs. 

Always watch your speed, don't let the forklift accelerate if you are going down in incline. Never crosses a slope at an angle with or without a load. Driving across even a slight grade can cause a forklift to tip. Some lift trucks should be use only on flat surfaces. Consult you operator's manual to talk to your supervisor if you're not sure whether your truck is suited or not in the environment you;re working in. Many of the ramps you will encounter are made of concrete, which will be inherently stable. But if you are using a temporary ramp like a metal bridge plate, make sure that it is securely positioned and can handle the weight of both the forklift and the load. Before you drive on to a real car, truck or trailer, set its breaks and block its wheels. So that it won't shift under the added weight of the forklift. Check the strength of the floors as well. Don't forget to look for indentation and holes which could cause your forklift to tip.

You need to know the proper procedures for unloading your forklift once you have reached your destination as well. If your dropping the load on the floor drive straight ahead until the load is in few inches short of the drop off point. Then, tilt the mast forward so the forks are parallel to the floor and the load is directly over where you want it to land. Gradually lower the forks until the load is in place and the forks move freely. When you back away do it slowly, don't drag the forks across the floor. Pallets are also often place in racks or stuck to save space. Ask your supervisor how high you can safely stuck the loads you'll be handling and whenever you are loading, unloading or stocking make sure that other workers and pedestrians are in safe distance away, you never know when a load might slip. 

Powered industrial trucks are valuable tools, that give us the strength to move heavy loads. But following good work practices are key for operating them safely. When trucks are use incorrectly or aren't proper maintained they can become very dangerous. Let's review.

  • Before using an industrial trucks read the operator's manual if you still have questions, refer to OSHA's powered industrial trucks standard (29 CFR 1910.178) for proper operating procedures.
  • Examine your work environment and choose the type of truck that's right for the jobs you'll be doing.
  • Inspect your truck thoroughly before you use it.
  • Pay attention to your truck's weight capacity and stability triangle.
  • Stay alert and drive safely and always make sure that other workers are in safe distance away whenever you are operating your truck.

Powered industrial trucks are formidable machines that can be dangerous. But by using common sense and following correct operating procedures, you can harness their strength and get them to work for you safely.


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