The Importance of Proper Forklift Training

Forklifts are essential equipment in various industries such as manufacturing, construction, and warehousing. They can handle heavy loads and increase efficiency in material handling. However, forklifts can also pose a significant safety hazard if not operated properly. This is why proper forklift training is crucial to ensure the safety of both operators and other workers in the workplace.

Mainland Safety Training Company offers onsite counterbalanced forklift operator training programs that provide in-depth instruction on regulations and safe operation. Trainees receive extensive hands-on training, and their knowledge and skill level are evaluated. Those who can demonstrate an acceptable level of operational competence receive employee documentation and operator certification cards.

The Benefits of Onsite Forklift Training

One of the significant advantages of onsite forklift training is that the training can be delivered at the company’s premises, eliminating the need for trainees to travel to a different location. This can save time and reduce travel expenses. Mainland Safety Training Company provides onsite forklift truck training anywhere in the Lower Mainland and offers competitive prices. Moreover, they can train employees on weekends and 24 hours a day at no extra cost, providing flexibility to companies that operate around the clock.

Compliance with Regulations

Forklifts are classified as heavy machinery, and there are regulations in place to ensure their safe operation. Employers are required to provide proper training and certification to their forklift operators to comply with regulations such as OSHA and CSA standards. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in hefty fines and legal issues. Therefore, it is crucial to choose a training provider that is IVES accredited and follows Health & Safety Executive guidelines.

Practical and Theoretical Training

Mainland Safety Training Company’s forklift training program consists of 50% classroom theory training and evaluation and 50% practical hands-on training and evaluation. During Phase 1, trainees are guided through a comprehensive and interactive review of the operator workbook covering applicable regulations, types of forklifts, understanding forklift safety, fuels, and batteries.

Phase 2 starts with a written test based on the concepts covered in the operator’s reference manuals. The test consists of ten multiple choice/essay type questions, and a minimum score of 70% is required to pass this phase of the program.

Phase 3 is the hands-on portion of the program where the trainees are shown the pre-use inspection, safe operating procedures, and parking/shut-down procedures. They are then given the opportunity to practice under the helpful eye of the program instructor.

In Phase 4, trainees are assessed as having reached a minimum skill level and are individually evaluated using a forklift in a reasonably challenging course (site-specific). Following the evaluation, trainees are debriefed, and any issues are addressed. Each successful trainee’s employer will receive official records and documents shortly after the end of the program.


Forklifts are essential equipment in many industries, but their safe operation requires proper training and certification. Mainland Safety Training Company’s onsite forklift training program provides both theoretical and practical training to ensure that operators have the skills and knowledge required to operate the equipment safely and efficiently. This training can be delivered at the company’s premises, saving time and reducing travel expenses. By choosing an IVES accredited training provider, companies can comply with regulations and avoid legal issues. Get in touch with Mainland Safety Training Company today to schedule your onsite forklift training.

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Phone: +1 604 617 0211
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Mainland Locations:
Delta, Cloverdale, Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Kelowna, West Kelowna