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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 with the potential health and safety concerns associated with powered industrial trucks. The content in this course is designed to comply with the intent of the 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.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify operator training requirements
  • Identify how the center of gravity affects safe operation of powered industrial trucks
  • Identify general engineering principles associated with powered industrial truck safety
  • Calculate the load capacity of a powered industrial truck
  • Identify characteristics of a nameplate on a powered industrial truck
  • Identify factors related to tip-over accidents
  • Select safe operating practices when using or maintaining powered industrial trucks
  • Identify safe loading and unloading methods
  • Cite safe fueling and recharging methods
  • Identify general inspection and maintenance procedures
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