Forklift – Basic Operation and Safety
Forklift – Basic Operation and Safety

Forklift – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

You will learn basic operation and safety of the forklift truck as used in construction or mine site applications. The course introduces trainees to the basic skills of safely operating a standard forklift. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.


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This course includes online delivery for one person and a VISTA Training Certificate of Completion after requirements are met. It is viewable for up to 60 days.

  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary


The forklift (a.k.a. lift truck) is one of the most common pieces of equipment in operation today used in many types of material handling applications. As more efficient methods for storing products are implemented and environments become more challenging, there has been increasing need for more maneuverable forklift trucks that can reach greater heights. Often, powered industrial trucks are treated with less respect than they deserve because the danger and complexity of their simple operation can be deceptive.

Course Topics

  • Lessons 1 and 2 explain basic hazards, safety features, major components, common characteristics, configurations and the controls of the machine and their function.
  • Lesson 3 covers the relationship between the machine geometry and operational dynamics, a crucial foundation for maximizing machine stability. It also explains the center of gravity, the "stability triangle" and contributing factors which affect it, as well as how to improve stability when maneuvering, lifting and transporting a load.
  • Lesson 4 helps trainees to locate and identify the forklift data plate, describe what information it contains, explains why this information is important, and shows how to interpret and apply this information in making task and load decisions. Based upon that, it helps trainees better understand the limitations of the machine.
  • Lesson 5 explains the operator's responsibility to be adequately trained and qualified, and to be aware of the environment or workplace where the machine will be operated. This lesson helps trainees develop the skills needed to operate the forklift safely in common workplace scenarios. It covers how to perform a thorough pre-use inspection and the proper procedure to safely refuel or recharge the machine. It then describes how to perform a range of tasks. Emphasis is placed on knowing risks, environmental factors, how to avoid a tip-over, and what precautions to take if hazards are encountered.
  • Lesson 6 covers some of the more common operating techniques used in day-to-day activities. It discusses how to assess and deal with problematic loads, plus handling, transport and placement of materials. Trainees will learn about working conditions and the limitations of the machine to which they must pay attention. It also summarizes best practices, including proper roading procedures, stopping, shutting down, and parking of a typical forklift.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize lift truck features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to pre-use inspection and start up and shut down.
  • Identify the steps for safe, efficient and productive operation of the lift truck.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.