Lift and move material and equipment by means of a forklift
Unit Standard (SAQA Reg. No 244365)
When employees use smart lifting practices, such lift trucks they are less likely to suffer from back sprains, muscle pulls, wrist injuries, elbow injuries, spinal injuries, and other injuries caused by lifting heavy objects. Manual lifting heavy items is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. Forklift is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials over short distances.
Lifting operations in construction or warehousing occur during transportation of material from the storage place to the place where it is being processed, and during the processing of materials. A load includes any material or people that are lifted or lowered by lifting equipment.
Successful learner of this standard will be able to:
- Explain the specified requirements pertaining to lifting, securing, transferring and positioning of loads.
- Prepare for lifting, securing, transferring and positioning of loads.
- Operate the forklift.
- Perform post-lifting, securing, transferring and positioning activities.
COURSE DURATION: 1 day
NQF LEVEL: 2
Quality Assured Partner: Construction Education And Training Authority
This course is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of persons responsible for lifting and moving material and equipment by means of a forklift in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable, competent and informed workers. The area of focus of this course will be:
What is a Forklift
Who can operate the forklift
What should an operator do when operating the forklift truck
What should an operator not do when operating a forklift truck
Occupational health and safety- working near powerlines
Working beneath powerlines
What are elements of the emergency plan
Why should you follow safety precautions when charging batteries
What are some precautions to use when handling battery acid
What do I do if someone gets sulfuric acid on their skin
What do I do if someone gets sulfuric acid in their eyes
Danger of exploding batteries
What should I do when charging batteries
What should I do when servicing batteries
How should you load the forklift truck
How should you insert the fork when loading the forklift truck
How should you raise the load
What vehicles can you load and unload using forklift trucks
How should you prepare the work area for using a forklift truck for loading/unloading operation
When should an operator inspect the forklift truck
What does a daily inspection involve
What should an operator inspect during the visual pre-use check
What should an operator inspect during the operational pre-use check
What factors contribute to forklift trucks accidents
What factors of work organization can contribute to forklift trucks accidents
What behavioural and operational factors can contribute to forklift trucks accidents
How can workplace design contribute to forklift trucks accidents
What characteristics of the load create a hazard
What mechanical conditions or design features increase the risk for forklift accidents
How can accidents with pedestrians be reduced or avoided
How do you maintain control when handling pallets
How do you maintain control when lifting, tilting, and stacking a load
How do you maintain control when traveling
How should you steer to maintain control
How do you maintain control when driving in reverse
How do you maintain control when traveling up or downhill
- Loading Docks
What should you do to load (unload) vehicles using a forklift truck
When loading railway cars, what is important to know
What should I do when using a forklift truck in an elevator
How often should the forks of forklift trucks be inspected
What are some important points of a periodical (six months) fork inspection
What are some things you should not do to forklift forks
Entry level requirements into this programme?
Learners are already competent in terms of the following outcomes or areas of learning when starting to learn towards this unit standard:
- Operate a forklift, and should also understand the role that lifting and moving of loads plays in the complete process of mining at NQF Level 2.
- Follow basic occupational health and safety practices underground at NQF Level 1.
Forklift lift operators responsible for lifting, securing, transferring and positioning loads.