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Course Information

Course Content:

Herc Rentals can deliver Equipment Safe Operation Training to our customers using our qualified instructors for the following equipment we rent:

  • Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) as required by OSHA 1910.178 and 1926.602, and CSA(B)355/Canadian Provincial Requirements:

    • Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (solid/cushion tires) (Class IV)
    • Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (pneumatic tires) (Class V)
    • Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks (straight/vertical mast and variable/extended reach (telescopic)(Class VII)
    • Electric Motor Rider Trucks (Class I
    • Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks (Class II)
    • Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks (Class III)
  • Aerial Work Platforms covered by ANSI/SIA/CSA Standards:

    • A92.3 Manually Propelled Elevating Aerial Platforms
    • A92.5 Boom-Supported Elevating Work Platforms
    • A92.6 Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
    • B354.4 Boom-Type Elevating Work Platforms
    • B354.2/3 Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
    • B354.1 Elevating Rolling Work Platforms
Our training courses include:

  • Formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion, written material, and manufacturer's videotapes),

  • Practical training (demonstrations and exercises performed by the trainee), and Evaluation of the operator's performance in the workplace (in collaboration with customer).

And in our courses we review:

  • Equipment Related Topics:

    • Operating instructions, warnings and precautions
    • Differences from automobile (forklift)
    • Controls and instrumentation
    • Engine or motor operation
    • Steering and maneuvering
    • Visibility
    • Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, use (forklifts)
    • Equipment capacity and stability
    • Load charts (variable/extended reach forklifts)
    • Equipment inspection (pre-operation inspection) and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform
    • Refueling/Charging/ Recharging batteries
    • Operating limitations
    • Other instructions, etc.
  • Workplace-Related Topics:

    • Surface conditions
    • Composition and stability of loads
    • Load manipulation, stacking, unshackling (forklifts)
    • Pedestrian traffic
    • Narrow aisles and restricted areas
    • Overhead obstructions and high voltage conductors
    • Operating in hazardous (classified) locations
    • Operating on ramps and sloped surfaces
    • Potentially hazardous environmental conditions
    • Operating in closed environments or other areas where poor ventilation or maintenance could cause carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust buildup
    • Fall protection
  • Requirements of the relevant Standards (OSHA/Provincial/ANSI/CSA) Upon customer request, we will review in our class the customer's:

  • Personal Protective Equipment requirements

  • Plant/Site Specific Rules


Course Objectives

After completing the Forklift Safe Operation Training Program, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify hazards associated with the use of a forklift.

  • Identify key points from She's Forklift standard 1910.178/1926.602, other state-specific standards, and site-specific rules and procedures for operating a forklift safely.

  • Identify key characteristics of the forklift (Counterbalance, Narrow Aisle, Motorized Hand Truck, or Rough Terrain) used for the work task.

  • Define three key concepts related to the stability of a forklift:

    • Center of Gravity
    • Load Center
    • Stability Triangle
  • Identify forklift related items that must be checked in a pre-operational forklift safety

  • inspection (Walk-Around/Observation, Operational, and Work Site) and complete a pre-operation inspection checklist in a hands-on training exercise.

  • Identify safe practices and complete a hands-on training exercise for the following forklift operations:

    • Loading/Unloading
    • Traveling
    • Parking
    • Additional situations/considerations
  • Identify safe practices for refueling of internal combustion (propane, gasoline, and diesel) equipment.

  • Identify safe practices for battery care and recharging for electric trucks.

  • Complete an assessment of safe forklift operation knowledge with a score of 80% or above.

  • State the procedure for becoming qualified to safely operate another forklift with different controls, fuel systems, and attachments.

Registration & Schedules


U.S. Classes

1-888-658-5537 [email protected]

Canada Classes

1-888-250-8480 [email protected]