Forklift Safety Training in Vaughan, Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham

Operation of the lifting device by a competent person

Inspectors will check to ensure workers have the training, knowledge and experience to operate specific lifting devices and that forklift trainees are accompanied by a trained individual. They will also check that supervisors are competent to oversee workers’ operation of these devices.

Inspectors will review training records and question workers and their supervisors on their familiarity with the equipment being used in the workplace, procedures for working in the vicinity of lifting devices, and possible hazards.

Employers are responsible for keeping workers are up-to-date on required training for operating lifting devices. We recommend that operator training be part of a larger comprehensive lifting device safety program, developed in consultation with the Joint Health and Safety Committee or the health and safety representative that includes the following elements:

  • Hazard identification
  • Training (of both operators and those working near lifting devices)
  • Supervision
  • Operating procedures
  • Maintenance and repair procedures
  • Facility design
  • Lift truck/device selection

Safe work environment

Inspectors will check that employers are taking the following specific reasonable precautions to protect workers who are working in the area of forklifts and lifting devices:

  • Establishing pedestrian traffic policies and programs
  • Conducting a comprehensive workplace assessment of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and
  • Assessing offsite working environments for risks such as the potential for contacting power lines and the condition of work surfaces. In making such assessments, employers, contractors and constructors should consider safeguards such as:
    • Protective barriers, walkways or sidewalks to channel pedestrian movement
    • Competent signallers
    • Securing and immobilizing of unattended vehicles against accidental movement
    • Warning lights, signs and audible vehicular devices
    • Policies to restrict or separate pedestrian and/or vehicular movement in high travel routes
    • Signage such as surface markings to delineate either pedestrian or vehicle use
    • Speed limits for vehicles
    • Driver and pedestrian visibility
    • Awareness training for drivers, pedestrians and other on-property workers
    • Personal signalling devices (e.g., pedestrian hand-held horns), and
    • Adequate space allowances to allow for safe turning and/or backup, etc.