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Forklift Safety

Online Training Certification Course

29 CFR 1910.178

From the highest rated and most trusted online training company - since 2008.

Failure to provide adequate forklift safety training is a common cause of serious injuries and fatal forklift accidents. To keep forklift operators and those around them safe, this online certification course details the regulations, responsibilities, and best practices for forklift use and maintenance. Course contents include basic equipment components, vehicle inspections, hazard identification, and how to safely operate, load, and travel in a forklift.

Forklifts are some of the most commonly used pieces of equipment on a worksite. They are a type of powered industrial truck (PIT) used to lift and transport loads. Despite their widespread use, there are always safety risks associated with operating industrial equipment. OSHA forklift certification ensures that personnel are trained in proper operational safety measures.

This course is for:
This OSHA forklift certification online course is designed for anyone who works with or near powered industrial trucks, including operators, worksite managers, and safety personnel. This safety training may help prevent serious injury in the workplace and save lives.

Case Study: On the morning of September 20, 2017, an employee of a building supply company in Clyde Hill, Washington, was operating a forklift on the job. The forklift had its mast extended, causing it to be unbalanced. As the employee drove the forklift, its instability caused the truck to tip forward onto its forks, violently ejecting the employee from his seat. He was not wearing the seatbelt, a required safety measure. The employee struck his head on the forklift's overhead protective guards and died from blunt force head trauma.

Key Takeaways: Employers set the tone for safety. A workplace culture of diligent compliance with basic safety precautions decreases the likelihood of accidents. In this case, the basic safety precautions for forklift operation were ignored. The required seatbelt was not used and the forklift mast was up, a known and easily recognized source of instability. The tipping forward of the forklift might have been avoided had the forklift mast been in an appropriate position, and the fatality might have been prevented had the driver been wearing a seatbelt. When forklifts and PITs are equipped with seatbelts and other restraints, OSHA requires employers to enforce their use.

Any injury or death of a worker should be seen as a serious call for employers and workers alike to look carefully at safety practices. The employer should determine what needs to be done to ensure that each worker is given the best chance to avoid injury, accidents, and death.

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Governing Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, is charged with the enforcement of safety and health conditions of workers through the use of regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations. OSHA standards are published in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Part 1910 addresses general industry standards. Training requirements for forklift, motorized hand trucks, and other powered industrial trucks are detailed in 29 CFR 1910.178.

What You'll Learn

    Basic Forklift Components
  • Controls
  • Instruments
  • Electric Batteries
  • Powered Industrial Truck Classifications
  • Basic Forklift Safety Devices
    Vehicle Inspections
  • Pre-Operation Inspections
  • Operational Inspection
  • Forklift Designations and Designated Areas
    Training and Certification of Forklift Operators
    Overview of Risks and Hazards of Forklift Operation
    Operating A Forklift
  • Creating a Stable Load
  • The Stability Triangle
  • Lateral Stability
  • Longitudinal Stability
  • Dynamic Stability
  • Avoiding Tip-Overs
  • Knowing Your Load Capacity
  • Attachments
    Loading the Forklift
  • Working with Truck Trailers and Railroad Cars
    Traveling in the Forklift
  • Working in the Forklift
  • Steering, Turning, and Changing Direction
    Workplace Conditions
  • More Workplace Risks
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Passengers and Riders
  • Forklift Maintenance
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 3 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers are responsible for training new personnel before assigning them to tasks that may expose them to hazards such as forklifts and other powered industrial trucks.

To ensure compliance with OSHA forklift training regulations, safety training must be conducted at least once every three years per OSHA 1910.178. This online training course meets these training requirements.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

William F Verified
Forklift Safety

the course was a good learning experience for me since i have no idea about forklifts but i am happy to say that i passed and thank you for this learning experience

Maurice M Verified
Forklift Safety

The course was very informitive, and I learned more than previously being taught.

Ron N Verified
Forklift Safety

A lot of info. Enjoyed the content.

Curtis G Verified
Forklift Safety

Enjoyed the course. Informative, to the point and included case studies to reinforce operator safety.

May O Verified
Forklift Safety

Happy to be knowledgeable!

Oscar E Verified
Forklift Safety

muy buena toda la informacion ,muchas gracias

Neil M Verified
Forklift Safety

Very well designed course.

Dylan K Verified
Forklift Safety

Was neato

Beni M Verified
Forklift Safety

I was happy to have this online training.

Samuel F Verified
Forklift Safety

Good Experience

Holden J Verified
Forklift Safety

This course was very simple and easy to navigate.

William S Verified
Forklift Safety

great information, well explained,

Alex R Verified
Forklift Safety

Es de bastante ayuda muy buenas clases

Eder V Verified
Forklift Safety

Fue una muy buena experiencia por qué aprendí mucho gracias a la capacitación que recibí

James S Verified
Forklift Safety

thank you for the useful information, and the certification..

Elijah O Verified
Forklift Safety

The course is user friendly and easy to digest. everything is step by step and easy to understand

Troy B Verified
Forklift Safety

Very good training course...I see why it has an A+ rating

Daniel M Verified
Forklift Safety

Exelente capacitacion

Israel R Verified
Forklift Safety

I think this course has helped me learn more ways to be safe while operating a forklift. it has also taught what and what not to do in certain situations.

Joseph M Verified
Forklift Safety

This was a great experience to listen/read and gain safety knowledge. I love that you can adjust the speed of the audio.

Cristian A Verified
Forklift Safety

It’s a really helpful course learned a lot thanks

Billy B Verified
Forklift Safety

Great information, presented very well.

Matthew B Verified
Forklift Safety

Overall a good course. There were some key takeaways that I hadn't put into use in other jobs where operating a forklift was part of my daily routine. I'm glad my current employer takes this seriously enough to have me trained.

Rodney J Verified
Forklift Safety

I was nervous! It was great! Informative and a little scary, because of the incidents due to careless thoughts on the job. This was great!

Mark P Verified
Forklift Safety

It has a lot of info that is very helpful it’s better than watching a bunch of poor acting films

Reggie W Verified
Forklift Safety

This course was great for retraining.

Brent M Verified
Forklift Safety

This training course is great. Loads of information and examples, extremely helpful and easy to follow.

Aniya H Verified
Forklift Safety

It was very informative, the stories in the course helped a lot with realizing just how important safety is.

Tony C Verified
Forklift Safety

I think it was great and I’m reading to begin my career in forklift driving

Mario C Verified
Forklift Safety

it was an excellent course and taught me a lot about forklifts that I didn't know before

Nicole L Verified
Forklift Safety

I absolutely loved the course. It allowed for me to take notes for future use. It gave me a lot of useful information i did not know before this. Thank you for providing this course.

Ricardo R Verified
Forklift Safety

Very good and informative and easy to learn

Mikailah M Verified
Forklift Safety

It was good.

Cruz O Verified
Forklift Safety

The course is well established and provides clear and well shown information.

Gerardo M Verified
Forklift Safety

Like it because you don’t have to do it all in one sitting. You can work or take breaks then continue.

Craig M Verified
Forklift Safety

The test and all materials covered the basics of PIT operation as well as they should.

Tim K Verified
Forklift Safety

I have had training several times in this area in past years. This was the best and most informative forklift training I have experienced.

Noah Y Verified
Forklift Safety

This course gives you a lot of information to take in. This information is very helpful and necessary to operate equipment safely and accurately.

Anthony L Verified
Forklift Safety

thanks the course was easy

Kaye N Verified
Forklift Safety

This course is very well thought out and put together. Thank you.

Gabe C Verified
Forklift Safety

This is a very informal training course that provides great resources for a number of situations regarding operating a forklift.

Brandon S Verified
Forklift Safety

Great information, clearly spoken narration, 10/10

Kenneth V Verified
Forklift Safety

I had a very pleasant experience and this course and test is very thorough and informative.

Shania N Verified
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James M Verified
Forklift Safety

Very good practical instruction. Well thought out questions that make the student think about each question carefully. Thank you for allowing me to participate.

Jaron C Verified
Forklift Safety

great exam.

Chris B Verified
Forklift Safety

Great course!

Paul C Verified
Forklift Safety

This course should be mandatory for all personal that have to operate a forklift.

Kim C Verified
Forklift Safety

This was a pleasure to take, as you made it simplified to understand.

Carl W Verified
Forklift Safety

Good program very clear and easy to understand

Ryke O Verified
Forklift Safety

Very through course. Very well done thx

James A Verified
Forklift Safety

The course is informational and easy to understand.

Shawn W Verified
Forklift Safety

A good tricky but easy test!

Julio M Verified
Forklift Safety

Thank u for giving me the chance to get my forklift certification. Is mean alot to me

Duane R Verified
Forklift Safety

It was a good course and covered many aspects of operating a fork lift that I was not aware of before.

Dennis J Verified
Forklift Safety

This is an excellent course with great details and explanation. I highly recommend it to maintain OSHA compliance and for the safety of your employees when operating or working near a forklift

Joe G Verified
Forklift Safety

This is a well written and presented course. It covers the points that are most important. I appreciate the level at which the information was presented. It made me think.

Samuel M Verified
Forklift Safety

I thought your training course was great. You had a lot of great training material.

Justin D Verified
Forklift Safety

It was informative enough to introduce the basics of forklift operation and the examples seemed effective enough to make me aware of my surroundings more so on a forklift.

Valentin A Verified
Forklift Safety

simple, pretty straightforward.

Lee L Verified
Forklift Safety

i liked this course. i failed once and studied the ones i missed and re-done the test. thank you

Lafe B Verified
Forklift Safety

awesome training

Honorio A Verified
Forklift Safety

The course is great.

Ethan B Verified
Forklift Safety

I liked the course, it gave you easy questions and even a certain amount of time you can skip the questions. I enjoyed doing it.

Gavin A Verified
Forklift Safety

excellent course, easy to take and was not too long.

Freddie C Verified
Forklift Safety

Everything was great I took the test back to back to make sure I pass and not forget what I had answered in the previous answer

Rashad B Verified
Forklift Safety

The course was use friendly. Like the addition of the audio. Pictures were helpful as well. Enjoyed the self-pace. Practice and Exam questions were thought provoking and relevant. I'm better equipped to operate a forklift with the knowledge I've acquired.

Lucinda M Verified
Forklift Safety

I'm so excited I was nervous about the test your course was amazing thank you



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