Low Lift Trucks

Course Overview

This course is designed to familiarize all material handling personnel on the potential dangers of industrial low lift trucks, as well as to educate material handlers on the correct procedures for loading, maneuvering, and setting the load, correct parking and storage procedures, and pre-shift inspections where required.

Types of Low Lift Trucks

The four main types of low lift trucks are discussed:

  1. Two wheel hand trucks
  2. Four wheel carts
  3. Pump trucks
  4. Powered pallet transporters
During the course, you will learn their unique operating characteristics are covered in detail. In addition, each participant is trained on the potential hazards for each type of truck, and methods of avoiding accidents, including personal protective equipment.


  • 4-6 hours on site training and instruction.

Course Topics

The Pre-shift Inspection

All powered industrial equipment, and some types of manual equipment are required to be inspected each day in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and C.S.A. regulations. Each participant is trained on the proper procedures on how to conduct an inspection using a written checklist, proper reporting procedures if faults are found, and correct lockout/tagout procedures.

Battery Handling

Proper techniques for handling, maintaining, and charging industrial batteries are covered in depth so as to reduce the risk of injury and to increase both the shift life and overall life of the battery. Also included in this section are descriptions of the required personal protective equipment and relative battery charging station information.

Extracts from the Occupational Health & Safety Act

All relevant information regarding the use of industrial low lift trucks is covered in depth. Topics include the shift in liability for trained operators, section 1.2, who may use material handling equipment, regulation 49; lifting, regulation 55; examinations of industrial equipment and trained operators, regulation 60; obstructed view, regulation 61 and 62; proper immobilization of equipment, and regulation 63; capacity ratings and usage. In addition, worker responsibilities are covered in depth.

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