Part 3: Forklift Driver Training

After sliding through the first two parts of the online forklift operator training, I was starting to feel pretty good about my chances.  The math in Part Two wasn’t that intimidating and the physics of the center of gravity conversation and the forklift Stability Triangle made perfect sense.  I was now about 40 minutes into the course, and it felt right.

Enter Part Three: Load Handling.  Now, we’re getting dirty. After all, this is the whole purpose of the forklift- it picks stuff up and it puts stuff down.  Sometimes heavy, oddly shaped stuff.  Sometimes hazardous stuff.  Sometimes tall stacks of stuff have to be placed up high.  There’s a lot to consider here.

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Keep Your Forklift Running Cool

Now that the weather appears to have decided to stay warm (fingers crossed) there’s something you need to be aware of on your gasoline-powered forklift to prevent it from running hot.

Your radiator.  It needs fluids, it needs clear airways, it needs to know that you care- and now is the perfect time to show it.

Start with your fluids- in the radiator itself and the overflow make sure your anti-freeze/coolant is topped off.

Now, consider giving your forklift radiator a good blowing out.

Get your hands on a good Ingersoll Rand Air Compressor (http://www.air-components.com) and turn your forklift off.  Always wear eye protection and a respirator or mask and you’re ready to start blowing out some serious gunk from your radiator.

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Part 2: Forklift Driver Training

After acing the first part of the on-line forklift training class in about 20 minutes, I was prepared to move on to the next section: Stability and Capacity.

You’ll recall the first part was an overview and a really surface look at the parts of the forklift, and after getting a little cocky and missing the first sample question I moved on and got all five of the actual test questions correct.

Just the title of this section- Stability and Capacity- had me believing it was going to be a little tougher and that there might even be math involved.

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Forklift Pedestrian Safety

We discuss safety a lot here, because it’s important. Your forklift, like much of your machinery, is perfectly safe when operated within the guidelines but accidents do happen. People get hurt, even killed, in and around forklifts.

As we’ve established, the forklift operator has responsibilities to keep him/herself and co-workers safe; stay belted in to the cage, travel at safe speeds, use the safety accessories on the lift like lights, horns and reverse sirens, only haul loads on inclines in reverse.

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