A forklift can cause catastrophic damage to the employer whether it is physical injury or loss of goods.

Just see how devastating it can be. 

Emphasize before operating the forklift

  • Current employer training and certification is required.
  • Complete the pre-operational checklist.
  • Know your travel route.
  • Drive with loads down.
  • Know and do not exceed your load and a weight capacity


  • Follow all manufacturer, training and certification instructions. 
  • Take responsibility for the safety of yourself and pedestrians. 
  • Use the right forklift for the environment. 
  • Operate fork trucks only in designated areas with adequate ventilation. 
  • Use electric power if needed. Secure unstable loads before starting the vehicle. 
  • Make sure that there is adequate clearance before passing under or between structures. 
  • Maintain indoor speed under 2 mph (8 km/hr) and outdoor speed under 15 mph (24 km/hr). 
  • Tilt the mast back slightly before traveling. When forward vision is obscured, break down the load or drive in reverse. 
  • Keep weight uphill. Stop at all blind spots. 
  • Turn slowly. Keep arms and legs in the cab. Use your seatbelt. 
  • Park the truck in a safe area with a load down and break set. 
  • Turn in a safe area and never on ramps. 
  • Do not allow riders.

Now most importantly. Create a document trail by having forklift operators sign off acknowledging that they received training and that they understand.