Instructor

Ray Hopkins

Health, Safety, Environment Professional NCSO, QSR,

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Overview

Purpose

This course is intended and provided to be a benefit to organizations in addressing the considerations involved in the safe operation of powered mobile equipment and forklift trucks. The course material is not intended as a complete presentation of all safety problems and solutions related to mobile cranes, hoists & lifting devices.  Thus, other additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances. To ensure compliance please reference the occupational health and safety legislation in the jurisdiction of which the work or workplace operates under.

 

Background

"Powered mobile equipment” means a self-propelled machine or combination of machines, including a prime mover or a motor vehicle, designed to manipulate or move material or to provide a powered aerial device for workers. Powered forklifts covered in this training include self-propelled vehicles of Class 1 to 7 as defined by the Industrial Truck Association. All forklifts meet the definition of “equipment” and all powered forklifts meet the definition of “powered mobile equipment.” Hence, requirements relating to “equipment” and “powered mobile equipment” apply to forklifts. Forklift trucks (forklifts) can pose significant risks to workers who operate or work around them. Some of the potential dangers of operating forklifts include being crushed by materials being moved, carbon monoxide poisoning, being struck by equipment in motion, etc. 

 

Legislation

All owners or lessees have the following legal responsibilities related to their powered mobile equipment:

Operator Competency - Powered mobile equipment owners must ensure that all of their operators are suitably trained, adequately qualified and sufficiently experienced to safely operate the equipment. As evidence of qualification, operators of powered mobile equipment having a lifting capacity of more than 5 tons with a winch or over 8 tons with no winch, must have a credential recognized by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, Apprenticeship and Industry Training.

 

Apprenticeship and Industry Training - Operators of powered mobile equipment may be members of a compulsory trade recognized in Alberta. Powered mobile equipment owners must ensure that operators are able to assert their authority and comply with the legislation. Operators are required by law to refuse to lift any load that exceeds the rated capacity. Any worker who does not meet the requirements​ set Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board is prohibited from operating the lifting device. 

 

Course Objective 

The graduate of the Powered Mobile Equipment — Forklift Operator program is certified to: 

  • Correctly use and care for tools and materials which are required to carry out the normal service and maintenance of the machines of the industry
  • Operate and describe functions of the major and minor components of forklift trucks
  • Recognise and identify malfunctions and the proper procedures related thereto
  • Recognise and evaluate conditions which are potentially hazardous to safe machine operation
  • Interpret and apply visual and audio communication
  • Perform assigned tasks in accordance with quality and production standards required by industry 

 

Technical Training

Part 1 

  • Qualifications, Limitations, Restrictions, Precautions & Voluntary Disclosures
  • Legislation, Regulations & Industry Policy in the Trades
    • ​Operator Responsibilities
    • Types of Forklifts
    • Act - Definitions & Obligations
    • Operator Responsibilities
    • Operator Requirements
    • Serious Accidents
    • Regulation - Definitions & Specifications
    • Equipment & Safety Training
    • Code - Definitions
    • Hazard Assessment
    • Visual Inspection
    • Specifications & Certifcations
    • Requirements & Components
    • Testing  & Warning Devices
    • Rated Capacity
    • Log Books
    • Prevention & Load Weight
    • Lift Calculation
    • Work Areas
    • Hand Signals
    • Inspection & Maintenance
    • Repairs & Modifications
    • Containers
    • Safety Codes
    • Signallers
    • Rigging & Safety Factors
    • Rigging Protection & Standards
    • Standards Explanation
    • Rigging, Slings, Ropes & Cables
    • Rigging Load Ratings
    • Rigging Cable Clips
    • Rigging Rejecion Criteria
    • Understanding Proficiency, Corrections & Prevention

Part 2

  • Hand Signals
  • General Industry Hazards & Dangerous Activities
  • Facility Design Standards
  • Weather & Temperature Variability
  • Elevated Work Platforms
  • Legislative Responsibilities
  • Pre-Operational Requirements
  • Operational Requirements
  • Procedural Best Practices
  • Post-operational Requirements
  • Emergency Response
  • Event/Incident/Accident Notification/Investigations

 

On the Job Training

An operator should acquire not less than 1200 hours of on the job training following the successfully completion of the technical training. 

 

Proficiency Evaluation 

A demonstration of competency in the application of process and accessing information, including, where relevant: 

Part 1

  • Accessing information such as manufacturer's specifications, repair, modification, maintenance and certification reports. 
  • Accessing logbook and hazard assessment information. 
  • Understanding corrective & preventative strategies & tactics.

 

A demonstration of competency in the operation of the device, including, where relevant: 

Part 2

  • Operating the lifting device in a proper, safe, controlled, and smooth manner in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications; 
  • Access & understanding repair, maintenance and certification information in the operator’s log book; 
  • Thoroughly understanding the information in the operating manual and understanding the device’s limitations; 
  • Knowing, understanding and properly using the load charts; 
  • Inspecting the lifting device and performing daily maintenance as required by the manufacturer’s specifications or by the employer; 
  • Checking that all hazards have been identified; 
  • Shutting down and securing the device when it is unattended; and 
  • Understanding and using hand signals for hoisting operations. 

 

Learners in other countries should consult the applicable national or provincial occupational health and safety codes. 

Course content

  • Qualifications

  • Types of Forklifts - Class I & II

  • Types of Forklifts - Class III

  • Types of Forklifts - IV - VII

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Act - Definitions & Obligations

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Operator Responsibilities

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Operator Requirements

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Act - Serious Accidents

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Regulation - Definitions & Specifications

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Regulation - Equipment & Safety Training

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Definitions

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Hazard Assessment

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Visual Inspection

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Specifications & Certifications

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Requirements & Components

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Testing  & Warning Devices

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Rated Capacity

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Log Books

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Prevention & Load Weight

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Lift Calculation

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Work Areas

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Hand Signals

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Inspection & Maintenance

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Repairs & Modifications

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Containers

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Safety Codes

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Signallers

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Rigging & Safety Factors

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code -Rigging Protection & Standards

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Standards Explanation

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Rigging, Slings, Ropes & Cables

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Rigging Load Ratings

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Rigging Cable Clips

  • Alberta Occupational Health & Safety Code - Rigging Rejection Criteria

  • Definitions, Legislation & Reference - Review

  • Part 1 - Understanding, Proficiency, Corrections & Prevention

  • Geometry & Load Handling - Communications

  • Geometry & Load Handling - Hand Signals Video

  • General Industry Hazards - Dangerous Activities

  • Stability Triangle

  • Facility Design Standards

  • Load Handling - Preparing the Pick

  • Load Handling - Lifting, Lowering & Tiering

  • Weather & Temperature Variability

  • Elevated Work Platforms

  • Legislative Responsibilities - Operational Interpretative

  • Pre-Operational Requirements

  • Pre-Operation & Operational Inspections

  • Operational Requirements

  • Procedural Best Practices

  • Post Operational Requirements

  • Overhead Powerlines

  • Emergency Response

  • Part 2 - Understanding, Proficiency, Corrections & Prevention

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