[*] The Lift Truck Operator Training Program

[*] Every day, more than a million lift trucks are at work across America. They move immense quantities of goods and equipment easily and efficiently. Yet the features that enable lift trucks to carry heavy loads and maneuver in tight spaces can put their operators -- and others -- in real danger.

Lift trucks are not conventional vehicles. For their safe and effective use, operators need to know how to properly handle a vehicle with rear-wheel steering, three-point suspension, and a massive counterweight. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made lift truck operator training a compliance requirement in its Powered Industrial Trucks Standard (29 CFR 1910.178).

Interactive Media Communications presents The Lift Truck Operator Training Program, a comprehensive program developed in association with Weyerhaeuser Corporation, to meet the training requirement of the OSHA Standard. The program is designed to reduce lift truck accidents and promote safe work practices. The information in this course can help the professional lift truck operator prevent damage to products and prolong the life of his or her lift truck.

[*]Course Outline:

The Lift Truck Operator Training Program is available in two individually-sold VHS videotapes & study guide.

Tape 1: Lift Truck Training -- Operations and Safety (Item # 3601-1)

Lesson 1: How a Lift Truck Works

This lesson introduces basic lift truck components, including the forks, carriage, mast, attachments and overhead guard, rear-wheel steering, front-wheel drive and tires. Three-point suspension and the stability triangle are also covered.

Lesson 2: Safe Operating Rules

This lesson covers general safety rules, safe parking procedures and specific information on forks and brakes. It also provides instruction on how to handle special operating conditions and road surfaces such as ramps, elevators and railroad tracks.

Lesson 3: Inspection and Emergency Procedures

This lesson emphasizes the importance of daily inspection and provides a checklist to ensure safe operation and equipment maintenance. Proper procedures for cleaning, refueling, and recharging are also featured.

Tape 2: Lift Truck Training -- Load Handling (Item # 3601-2)

Lesson 4: Load Handling

This lesson deals with the essential principles necessary for safe load handling - determining load capacity, load weight, and load placement. The stability triangle and stability pyramid are explained in relation to load placement, stacking, stopping, and turning. Safe procedures for stacking and unstacking, as well as loading and unloading of both trailers and freight cars are also covered in this module.