Operate Lift Trucks

Liderazgo Training

This course is accredited with the Transport Education Training Authority and covers unit standard “8038” NQF level 3, 6 Credits

All training programs are Outcome Based and are assessed according to various Unit Standards and Outcomes.

Assessment criteria consists of a Formative Assessment, In-Class Assessments and a Summative Assessment.

Course Duration

Duration: 3 - 5 day course

Theory and Practical
In-Class Activities
Final Examination
Practical Evaluation

Once all theory has been completed, Learners are taken outside with one facilitator to complete the Practical Evaluation.

Course Overview

A learner accredited with this standard will be able to operate lift trucks for the safe and efficient movement and stacking of freight in a variety of work environments, and take basic care of the equipment in compliance with lift truck manufacturers` and legislated standards. On completion of this program the Learner will be able to:

  • Identify and Classify Freight
  • Handle, Load and Store Freight
  • Understand the Operation, Performance and Maintenance of Equipment
  • Understand Support Systems and Emergency Services in case of Incidents and Accidents

Learning Outcomes – Theoretical Content

  • Identify and Classify Freight
    • The various freight packaging labels are identified and their meaning explained
    • The nine dangerous goods symbols are identified and a brief explanation is given of the action of each type
    • The need for labeling on all types of freight is explained
    • The importance of the need for demarcation of dangerous goods and the specific handling thereof, is explained
  • Handle, Load and Store Freight
    • The different kinds of lift trucks are describe and their purposes explained.
    • The concept and importance of a balanced and stable load is explained and the correct loading and unloading of a truck is demonstrated and explained.
    • The safe operation of a lift truck, and manoeuvring between obstacles with and without a full load is demonstrated.
    • The stacking of loads and the safety aspects involved in stacking are explained.
    • The stacking and de-stacking procedures are demonstrated.
    • Loads are consistently moved safely and with minimum danger to those in the area.
  • Understand the Operation, Performance and Maintenance of Equipment
    • The principle of "the centre of gravity" of a lift truck and its capacity are explained in terms of the quantity that can be moved and how it should be loaded.
    • The various lift truck attachments and their functions are explained.
    • The correct lifting equipment is selected for the intended load.
    • Lifting equipment is checked to see that it is regularly serviced according to manufacturers' specifications to ensure maximum efficiency and period of usefulness.
    • Operate equipment in accordance with organisational and legislative standards and procedures.
  • Understand Support Systems and Emergency Services in case of Incidents and Accidents
    • The emergency alarm is immediately sounded in cases of incidents and/or accidents.
    • Equipment is shut down according to manufacturers' specifications and/or standard operating procedures pertaining to emergency situations.
    • Assistance is immediately sought and the situation is managed according to organisational and/or standard operating procedures.
    • Actions to be taken in cases of dangerous substance spillage are explained.
    • A report of the incident or accident is written and submitted according to standard operating procedures.
  • The Regulations of the current occupation, health and safety legislation pertaining to driven machinery are explained.
    • Equipment is given a pre-start check to ensure efficient working order.
    • All safety requirements are consistently observed before, during and after operation.
    • The maintenance requirements of the batteries are explained.
    • Oil checking and refueling procedures are correctly and consistently carried out.
    • All equipment is shut down according to manufacturers' specifications on completion of period of usage.
    • The Regulations of the current occupation, health and safety legislation pertaining to driven machinery are explained.

Learning Outcomes – Practical Evaluation

  • Refueling
  • Pre-Operating Inspection
  • Start-up Checks and Inspections
  • Shut Down Checks and Inspections
  • Safety
  • Loading and Off-loading
  • Stacking
  • Handling Cargo

Competency Scores

  • All learners are to achieve 80% and above for Theoretical Assessments.
  • All learners are to achieve 100% for Practical Assessments.

Training Aids

  • Slide Show Presentation

All our Learners are provided with: Operate Lift Trucks Training Manual Certificate on completion of the course

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