The Forklift Training courses from Safety First Training are OHSA based programs that teach pre-operation forklift inspection, safe operation requirements, proper forklift load handling, operating and moving the machine and hazard avoidance. We also offer 4 Dimensional Forklift (Combilift) Training. Training is offered around Southern Ontario including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge.

We also offer Train the Trainer courses for various Forklifts.

Note – we do not provide public sessions for individuals

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This Counterbalance Forklift Training course is designed using parameters set out by:
CSA Standard B335-15 – The CSA Safety Standard for Lift Trucks (B335-15) identifies the knowledge, practical skills and evaluation requirements needed by lift truck operators. The practical evaluation of the forklift operator training course requires operators to demonstrate competency skill level equal or greater to the industry accepted measurements.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act, REGULATION 851. INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS as it pertains to lift truck safety.

Counterbalance Forklift Training Course Outline:
• Course Introduction
• Related Government legislation
• Forklift Training Certification Safety Video
• Responsibilities of the workers, supervisors and employers
• Identify various types of lift trucks
• Pre-operational checks
• Inspection, maintenance, and records
• Lift capacity and load limitations
• Fuel safety for both electric and propane equipment
• Safe operating procedures

Click here for Ontario Ministry of Labour Forklift inspection information.

Counterbalance forklifts are a common type of forklift used in warehouses, construction sites, and other industrial settings. They are designed to carry heavy loads and are equipped with a large, counterbalanced weight at the back of the vehicle to help balance the weight of the load. Due to their size and weight, operating a counterbalance forklift can be dangerous if proper training is not provided.

In Ontario, counterbalance forklift training is essential for several reasons:

  1. Compliance with Regulations: Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to provide training and instruction to workers who operate industrial vehicles, including counterbalance forklifts. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines, penalties, and legal liability.
  2. Improved Safety: Proper training ensures that operators understand the proper procedures for operating a counterbalance forklift safely. This includes understanding load limits, how to properly load and unload the forklift, and how to maneuver the vehicle safely in different environments. With this knowledge, operators can avoid accidents and injuries.
  3. Increased Productivity: Proper training can also help to increase productivity. Skilled operators can work more efficiently and safely, reducing the risk of damage to equipment and products, and minimizing downtime due to accidents or injuries.
  4. Reduced Costs: By investing in counterbalance forklift training, employers can reduce costs associated with accidents, injuries, and equipment damage. This can help to improve the bottom line and make the workplace safer and more productive.

Overall, counterbalance forklift training is essential in Ontario to ensure compliance with regulations, improve safety, increase productivity, and reduce costs. Employers should prioritize providing their workers with the necessary training to operate these powerful machines safely and efficiently.

Train the Trainer – Counterbalance Forklift

Our professional Train the Trainer certification course for Counterbalance Forklift allow our clients to learn how to teach OHSA based courses directly to their employees. When individuals or groups of employees need safety training, these train the trainer programs can be more cost effective than hiring outside training companies. We will train you to be an effective Counterbalance Forklift safety trainer for your company.

Our Train the Trainer Course Package include:

  • Professional Teaching Guide
  • Participant Course Handout
  • Evaluation Forms
  • Wall Certificate template
  • Instructor Course Presentation
  • Course Test and Answer Key
  • Course Video Supplement
  • Wallet Card template


  • Duration:

    Up to 8 hours depending on participants’ experience levels

  • Assessment:

    A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a certificate

  • Completion:

    Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a PDF wall certificate and PDF wallet card for their records

Forklift Training: Load Lifting Tips

Operating a forklift may seem like an easy, simple thing to do, but if not done properly, significant injuries and damage can occur. If you are not properly trained to operate a forklift, you are exposing yourself and others to significant and unnecessary risk.

Below are some helpful tips that you should always be aware of before you operate a forklift:

Confirm that the load you are picking up is within the capacity rating of the machine you are operating.

If unsure of the weight of the load you are picking up, you must consult a supervisor to confirm.

Confirm the weight on the pallet is evenly distributed. If it isn’t, the pallet load must be re-positioned before lifting with the forklift.

If you must lift a load that is unbalanced, always make sure that the heaviest end is against the heel of the forks.

Always check the condition of the pallet before lifting it. A pallet in poor condition can cause the load to collapse. If you see a damaged pallet, remove the load and reload it on a different pallet, then remove the damaged pallet from service.

If you are moving bagged goods by pallet, the bags must be cross stacked and stepped, if not, the load will more than likely fall off the pallet during lifting or transport.

If you have a large load that prevents you from seeing your direction of travel, you must travel in reverse and/or have another person guiding you for the entire time of travel.

Always think about the end destination of your load before you pick it up. Sometimes a convenient load position for pickup may not be a convenient position at the end destination.

Do not attempt to lift or carry more than one loaded pallet at a time.

Always use a load backrest extension when you are required to lift or carry loads that are higher than normal.

Confirm that the front forks are opened wide enough to ensure load stability and that here is enough room under the load to allow forks to be pushed underneath.

Forklift Facts:

Counterbalance Forklift (Electric or Propane)

  • Two types of Counterbalances, Electric and Propane
  • Counterbalances are also commonly referred to as “forklift” or “lift truck”
  • There are attachments that can be used to make your work easier, but you do need to be trained on how to use them

Narrow Aisle Reach

  • Has a “deadman” pedal for easy breaking
  • Depending on the make, a narrow aisle reach can carry up to 4500 lbs
  • Depending on the make, a narrow aisle reach can go as high as 30.5 feet up

Swing Reach

  • Requires different training from the Narrow Aisle Reach in order to operate it
  • Designed to maximize storage density
  • Depending on the make you can get tripe your storage capacity using a swing reach

Dock Stocker 

  • Commonly referred to as a Reach Truck but the two have different operating systems
  • Made in two versions, a sit down and a stand up
  • Some models have an increased load capacity of 3000 to 5000 lbs.

Walkie/Walkie Rider

  • Also known as a pallet jack
  • Easy to maneuver and quick to respond to commands
  • Great for low level order picking

Order Picker 

  • Order pickers are used to make the picking process as easy as possible for the operator
  • There are 3 different levels of order pickers: low, medium and high
  • Order pickers are sometimes referred to as a cherry picker

High Capacity Forklift

  • Depending on the model, lifting capacities range from 19000 to 105821 lbs
  • Different front end carriages available
  • A high capacity forklift makes light work of a heavy load

Zoom Boom

  • Designed for outdoor use in rough terrain
  • Depending on the make, the lift capacity is anywhere from 3000 lbs to 46000 lbs
  • Can also be used with attachments

Safety – Always!


  • Work in compliance with your provincial Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
  • Read and follow your employer’s procedures for Health and Safety
  • Read and follow any equipment Operator’s and Manufacturer’s Manual
  • Wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Adhere to equipment lifting capacity information and warning signs
  • Conduct pre-shift inspections, pre-start up inspections, visual inspections
  • Report the absence or defect in any equipment or protective device
  • Test all equipment functions to ensure proper working condition
  • Avoid hazardous situations, steep slopes, grades and drop offs
  • Use the equipment for what is was intended and designed for
  • Ensure you are properly trained and authorized to use the equipment

8 Simple Safety Rules for safe operation of a Forklift

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