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.
"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.
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.
The graduate of the Powered Mobile Equipment — Forklift Operator program is certified to:
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.
A demonstration of competency in the application of process and accessing information, including, where relevant:
A demonstration of competency in the operation of the device, including, where relevant:
Learners in other countries should consult the applicable national or provincial occupational health and safety codes.