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Forklift Safety

Online Training Certification Course

29 CFR 1910.178

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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
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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
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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

Mark S Verified
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very thorough and concise course.

Ben K Verified
Forklift Safety

great course learned a lot

Terrence R Verified
Forklift Safety

The course was excellent and helps prepare students for there forklift driving license.

Arlynn M Verified
Forklift Safety

This course was very informative. There is a lot of important pieces of knowledge to keep track of..

Steven M Verified
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nice dude

Mario V Verified
Forklift Safety

Very informative and easy to follow course.

Christopher B Verified
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doodly doo. I can do it too!

J'Tericka H Verified
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I found the course to be easy and very helpful.. Thank you.

Sean K Verified
Forklift Safety

I thought the course was very thorough and informattive.

Ryan H Verified
Forklift Safety

Very good course. The reading and following along option allows for better understanding and thought.

Dawny J Verified
Forklift Safety

This training and guidance system is excellent and will have successful men and woman in the trade. I am confident that i have the general knowledge to safely operate the forklift, and to be mindful of the working environment that myself and my coworkers are in. Having the liberty to return to Compliance training website to refresh and sta updated with changing parts will contunue to keep operators and employers safe and to standard expectations. I will continue to use this training website to further my knowledge in areas I am interested in and in the safety precaitions to operate in a safe environment at all times.

Eric S Verified
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great test learned a lot.

Jared C Verified
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This course was good, it's not too complicated and it's easy to go through

Larry L Verified
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I thought the course was comprehensive and easy to understand.

Timothy W Verified
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I thought the course was adequate and informative in nature.

Patrick C Verified
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great course!

Christopher R Verified
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This was a very informative class. I would have liked if there was something about what to do if your employer/an employee were not following OSHA regulations.

Juan H Verified
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very informative information

Zachary B Verified
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Great course!

Eric V Verified
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its was a really detail course experience and very informational about situations and cases all around a good learning course thank you

Lisa H Verified
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The course was very helpful. I enjoyed it.

Craig G Verified
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Thank You for this course!

Wayne T Verified
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very informative

Jim B Verified
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it is a well developed course. I have some background in curriculum and instruction and I thought the questions and answers tested the participant's knowledge of the materials covered. That is not always the case with these tests.

Patrick C Verified
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I like that the courses were broken into short segments. Allowed for handling interruptions without missing content.

Francisco H Verified
Forklift Safety

Great Program!

Joseph L Verified
Forklift Safety

Clarified many basics of forklift safety.

Marvin R Verified
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This is a great course that taught me good stuff

John T Verified
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Its a very good coarse i well recommend too my company

Doug B Verified
Forklift Safety

Well presented and very easy to follow. The way the course is split into sections made it easy to start and stop when interrupted to attend to other matters.

David F Verified
Forklift Safety

It was a great course and very informative. I am extremely happy to have passed and enjoyed taking this course.

Brett H Verified
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Enjoyed the test very much fast and efficient! The Narrator was clear and precise. Thank you very much!

Juan G Verified
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I think it is a very excellent course that can help many people like me. I am being helped. Thank you. You have nothing to improve. Thank you for your great contribution. It is a great blessing.

Grzegorz G Verified
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Excellent source of information about using forklift, OSHA standards and preventing an injury. Thank You

Simeon A Verified
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I thought this course was very thorough and professional. This course was well laid out and easily navigated.

Sharvar G Verified
Forklift Safety

This course was very informative, very precise in staying to the core needs of the operator and of the safety requirements that are needed when operating in and around the forklift. I enjoyed the course study.

Andreus B Verified
Forklift Safety

This training program has enhanced my knowledge of forklift safety and operation, and has helped to prepare me to be a careful, skilled operator.

Juan G Verified
Forklift Safety

This course was very helpful. It was very clear and consistent to it's teachings.

Sarah C Verified
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Thanks for helping me learn how to drive a forklift!

Joei D Verified
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Great experience. Thank you.

Gabriel H Verified
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Really thorough and helpful, I honestly doubt I will forget this training.

James J Verified
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Awesome course. Really fantastic.

Richard C Verified
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Very helpful! The man reading the text really helped me focus on the material.

Will D Verified
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Very good learning experience.

Jair C Verified
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Great course, easy, simple to understand. thanks for the effort to make this curse understandable and easy to apply.

George O Verified
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The course was very easy to follow and with case studies it brought reality to safety importance. Thank you.



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