The Reach Forklift Operator Training Course from Safety First Training is an OHSA based program that teaches pre-operation forklift inspection, safe operator requirements, proper forklift load handling, operating and moving the machine and hazard avoidance. We also offer 4 Dimensional Forklift (Combi-lift) 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 Reach Forklifts.

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Narrow Aisle Reach Forklift Operator Training

This Reach Forklift Operator 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 for the Reach 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 851INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS as it pertains to lift truck safety.

Course Outline:

  • Reach Forklift Operator Training Course Introduction
  • Related Government legislation
  • Reach Forklift 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                                                                                                                                        

Reach forklifts are widely used in many industries, including manufacturing, warehousing, and construction. Operating a reach forklift requires specialized skills and knowledge, and the safety of workers and others in the workplace depends on properly trained operators.

In Ontario, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires employers to provide workers with information, instruction, and supervision necessary to protect their health and safety. This includes training for operators of powered lift trucks, including reach forklifts.

Reach forklift training in Ontario is important for several reasons:

  1. Compliance with legal requirements: Ontario employers are required by law to ensure that their workers are adequately trained and competent to operate reach forklifts. Failure to comply with these requirements can result in fines, penalties, and legal liability.
  2. Improved safety: Reach forklift training helps to prevent accidents and injuries in the workplace. Proper training ensures that operators understand the risks associated with operating a forklift and know how to operate it safely.
  3. Increased efficiency: Trained operators are more efficient in their work, which can lead to increased productivity and profitability for the company.
  4. Reduced equipment damage: Properly trained operators are less likely to cause damage to the forklift or other equipment, which can result in cost savings for the company.
  5. Improved employee morale: Providing training for reach forklift operators demonstrates a commitment to employee safety and well-being, which can improve morale and job satisfaction among workers.

In summary, reach forklift training is a crucial component of workplace safety and compliance in Ontario. Properly trained operators can help to prevent accidents and injuries, increase efficiency and productivity, and improve employee morale.


Click here for Ontario Ministry of Labour Forklift inspection information.

Train the Trainer – Narrow Aisle Reach Forklift

Our professional Train the Trainer certification course for Reach 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 Reach 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
Forklift Facts:

Counterbalance (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
  • You stand upright to operate and its primary function is pulling & placing products on racks.
  • hey are designed to work in narrow spaces as well as in-between racking that are spaced closer together.

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

Click here to watch a general safety video on Reach Forklifts.

  • Duration:

    The course duration is up to 8 hours, depending on experience level.

  • 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 certification and PDF wallet card for their records.

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