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Appendix III(a): Knowledge to be Acquired–Training Objectives

  • Issued: July 1999
  • Content last reviewed: June 2009
Appendix III(a): Knowledge to be Acquired–Training Objectives
  Instructional Objectives Final Outcomes for Operator Competence
Applicable Legislation Applicable sections of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the Act) A competent operator knows/understands:
  • a worker's duties
  • a worker's right to refuse work where health or safety is in danger
  • an employer's duties to protect workers
Applicable sections of Regulations made under the Act
  • how to ensure the
  • safety of other workers in the area
  • requirements for lifting devices, material handling, motor vehicles,
  • traffic control
  • requirements related to the handling of loads
  • requirements for protective equipment
Features of the Lift Truck Lift Truck Operating Principles of Operation and Features
  • lift truck classification and designations
  • lift truck stability triangle and trapezoid
  • what is meant by load centres
  • centre of gravity of load
  • longitudinal and lateral stability
  • "centre of gravity" of lift truck
  • the effects of speed, acceleration, sharp cornering, height, attachment, grade/ ramps and load security
  • operator blind spots associated with the design of the lift truck (components, permanent equipment, attachment)
  • the main components of the lift truck with emphasis on the lifting/handling systems and their basic functions
  • the factors affecting stability, reach/ retract, counterbalance principles, tilt
  • the location of the capacity plate and the information outlined on the plate--model/ serial number, capacity rating at a given load centre at a given height, maximum lifting height of forks/attachment, truck weight and minimum battery weight
Manufacturer's Specifications A competent operator knows/understands:
  • where to access the Operator Manual
  • the operating information outlined in the Manual
  • the pre-operational and maintenance tasks described in the Operator Manual
Hazards in the Workplace Dangerous Activities A competent operator understands the dangers of:
  • operating with restricted visibility (blind spots, corners, intersections)
  • parking a vehicle on an incline
  • not stopping before entering an incline
  • travelling over railway tracks
  • allowing riders unless there is an approved passenger seat
  • permitting anyone to stand/walk under loads or ride on loads
  • not keeping all parts of the body inside the operator's compartment at all times
  • travelling with the load lifted more than 10 cm above the floor
  • dragging the forks when inserting or withdrawing them from a load
  • increasing the capacity of the truck or overloading the truck
  • stunt driving and horseplay
  • allowing anyone to stand on the forks or climb on the upright assembly
  • driving up to someone in front of a fixed object--e.g., wall, bench
  • moving a load with someone steadying it
  • jumping from the lift truck in the event of a tip over
  • uneven surfaces
  • mast not tilted back far enough to stabilize the load

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