Forklift Operation 3: Load Handling

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Forklifts are an important tool used in many industries, but they present many hazards to their operators. The good news is that many of these hazards can be avoided, if not eliminated, when operators are trained to properly operate and load a forklift. Some basic practices can be used to improve safe load handling – for example, driving the forks as far under the load as possible. More specific practices for approaching, lifting, and lowering a load can also help forklift operators improve load handing safety as they perform each of these actions. Armed with this knowledge, forklift operators will be better prepared to safely load the forklifts they operate. Forklift Operation 3: Load Handling was developed with subject matter support provided by EnSafe Inc., a global professional services company focusing on engineering, environment, health and safety, and information technology. Please note, the course materials and content were current with the laws and regulations at the time of the last expert review, however, they may not reflect the most current legal developments. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation with respect to compliance with legal statutes or requirements.


  • identify safe load handling practices
  • recognize the guidelines for approaching a load
  • recognize the guidelines for lifting a load
  • recognize the guidelines for lowering a load
  • recognize the guidelines for stacking a load


  • Safe Loading Practices
  • Approaching and Lifting a Load
  • Lowering and Stacking a Load