Forklift Safety Training

Designed for companies that are truly focused on reducing damage and abuse and improving the safety of their operations, our Forklift safety training programs go beyond basic operator certification.  We work with both management and equipment operators to not only educate them on the safe operation of their forklifts, but also on how to prevent future safety issues as well as ongoing costly repair or replacement expenses.  The training provides real life solutions in both classroom and hands on instruction.  This includes using the current type of lifts the operators use on the job that are customized to their particular situation.

Our Customized Approach

All of our programs feature on-site, customized safety training that is unique to your facility, equipment, operations and training requirements. It starts with an assessment and review of your existing material handling process and tailoring the training to the specific needs of your operation.  Plus, our highly experienced trainers are skilled at adapting the training to cover specific issues facing your operators.  Learn more about Our Customized Approach.

Topics Covered

  • Vehicle capacity
  • Vehicle stability
  • Operating limitations of each piece of equipment and attachments
  • Proper vehicle inspection prior to operation
  • Proper refueling and battery charging procedures
  • Equipment attachment operation and limitations
  • Workplace related safety issues specific to the operating location(s) of equipment
  • Review of surface conditions where vehicle is to be operated
  • Review and instruction on handling probable loads with composition variances
  • Review and instruction of load manipulation, stacking and un-stacking

Brands & Equipment Types Covered

Training is available for nearly every brand and every type of forklift including:

  • Sit Down Riders
  • Stand Up Reach
  • Turret/Swing Reach
  • Rough Terrain
  • Telehandler
  • Walk Behind Low Lift
  • Walk/Rider Low Lift
  • Walk Behind Stacker
  • Front End Attachments (e.g.  Side Shifter, Clamps, Push Pull & Rotators)

Did You Know

While every forklift has a published capacity…

  • 96% of all forklifts are modified by sideshifters, clamps, rotators, fork positioners or other attachments that deduct from the machine’s published load capacity.
  • Load capacities drop significantly as loads are raised.
  • Off-centered loads can reduce load capacity significantly.
  • Suspended loads (those where the load is hung on the forks) can reduce load capacity by as much as 75%.
  • Dynamic loads (liquids and other bulk materials) move when the forklift starts and stops and greatly reduce the stability of the load.
  • The length of the loads affects the capacity.
  • The tilting of the forks affects the load capacity and stability.

Integrating Telematics

The information provided by telematics is useful, but unfortunately it provides information as to why, where and how bad an accident was.  At Material Handling Safety, our training is focused on being proactive and eliminating the actions that cause accidents in the first place.

Replace the “Seat Pant Method”

Having trained thousands of forklift operators over the years, we are always amazed at how many operators function primarily by what we call the "Seat Pant Method.”  Over the years, many experienced operators just acquired the knowledge of when their forklift became unstable or when problems occurred.  Our goal is to eliminate the "Seat Pant Method" by truly educating operators on the right way to do it.

Train the Trainer

Our forklift safety training program is also available in a Train-the-Trainer format. After successful completion of the program, trainer participants will have the knowledge and expertise to provide training to other employees who must be authorized to operate these vehicles.  Learn more about out Train the Trainer Program.


Call us at 844-755-8523 or complete the online form to get started on implementing a comprehensive training program for your business.

Meet the Trainer

MHS Safety Training's Operator Safety Training program is led and developed by Guy Snowdy whose credentials include over 30 years of experience and extensive knowledge in the material handling and construction equipment industries, particularly powered industrial trucks, aerial lifts, cranes, and rigging equipment.

"Guy’s willingness to tailor the training to our specific needs and the needs of our operators is what truly sets him apart. He picks up on things, sees them and tweaks them to make sure our team understands and is always learning."

- Steve Hess, VP of Safety
Heico Construction Group