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Common Forklift Training Questions And Answers

When you’re new to forklifts, it’s understandable that you might have a lot of questions and uncertainties. In this blog, we have aimed to answer some of the more commonly asked forklift training questions in the hope of putting your mind at ease. Most of our responses are based on Occupational Health & Safety regulations (OHS), industry standards and so on.

  • Does a forklift need to have a seatbelt?

In short, the answer is yes. Although most major manufacturers have been outfitting their machines with seatbelts for years, it has been an industry standard since the early 1990s.

  • Do forklifts need to have a back-up alarm?

Although this is not a legal requirement, if the operator’s view to the rear is obstructed then it should definitely have an alarm. If the original manufacturer supplies an alarm, you cannot remove or alter it.

  • Are headlights required?

No, unless the forklift is being used in conditions that are dark enough for the operator to have trouble seeing. In most cases, increasing the lighting for the surrounding area will solve the problem.

  • Is a horn required?

Yes. This has been a legal requirement for many many years and is not likely to change anytime soon. And, just to avoid any confusion, the horn also has to be in working order.

  • Are fire extinguishers required?

Whilst they aren’t required by an specific regulations, it’s important to note that your company policy may require one. If you’re moving explosive material, for example, a fire extinguisher is recommended.

  • Can I put something on the roof to protect me against rain?

Yes, providing you don’t do anything to the overhead guard that would weaken it or prevent you from seeing through it. This means that drilling, welding and/or plywood are not allowed.

  • Does a forklift need to have a capacity/data plate?

In short, the answer is yes. The operator has to be able to read the plate and accurately determine the rated load centre distance and maximum load the machine can lift.

Whilst we certainly hope that we’ve answered some of your more pressing questions, we know that you likely have plenty more. Do not hesitate to speak with your employer or those in your forklift training program, as they should be able to steer you in the right direction. We also recommend reading your forklift manual and company policy to ensure you’re informed.