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Forklift Training Kitchener

In this article we will discuss the forklift training courses Wayco provides in the Kitchener – Waterloo region. Wayco has been keeping people safe across Ontario for 20 years. We specialize in providing training to experienced individuals or groups who wish to enhance their current skills and to those who are new and need to obtain certification for a new career. We are a reliable and reputable company that sets high standards and offers superior training. We strive every day to provide our customers with excellence. If you are interested, let’s talk.

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The following are some of the options for safety training that we provide:

Forklift Operator Training

Forklift Classification Overview:
Forklift Operator training is for new forklift operators and forklift operators who need to be renewed. With so many different types of forklifts, you will need to choose the right equipment for your application.

Class Description Ideal Use Benefit
 Class 1 Electric Motor Rider Truck

Loading/unloading tractor trailer, handling pallets

Electric means no emissions, minimal noise
 Class 2 Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks Operating in tight spaces handling pallets
picking/storing inventory
Can be used to gain more storage space in same warehouse footprint
 Class 3 Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks Unloading deliveries from tractor-trailers; short runs in smaller Rider and walk-behind (“walkie”) options
 Class 4 Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Solid/Cushion Tires Moving pallets from the loading dock to storage, and vice versa Cushion tires great for low-clearance situations
 Class 5
Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Pneumatic Tires) Versatile; trucks in this class can handle single pallets to loaded 40-foot containers Mostly for outdoor use, but also indoors in large warehouses
 Class 6 Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors Commonly used for hauling of pulling loads rather than lifting; versatile Example: airport “tugger” towing luggage carts
 Class 7  Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks

Great for lumberyards/construction sites where crews need to lift building materials to high elevations

Some are equipped with telescoping mast to provider far greater reach
 Class 8  Personnel and Burden Carriers Primarily used in factories, manufacturing hubs, and warehouses to transport people, heavy equipment and materials Used in in factory manufacturing saving time, reducing damage and improve efficiency at work.

New Operator Forklift Training

Our New Forklift Operator course is designed for individuals with little or no previous lift truck experience. Our comprehensive program includes a written and practical skill assessment to validate training competencies.. We will provides students with the most current legislative information including the new CSA-B335-15 standard changes. This course can be conducted at your company’s location or at our training center. Course content is delivered through multimedia presentations and interactive discussion, then reinforced through workbooks and supplementary handouts. Participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Training Topics:                                                                                                                                                  Forklift pre shift inspection checklist

  • Lift truck (forklift) hazards                                                   
  • Lift truck (forklift) design and classifications 
  • Pre-operational checks (theory and practical) 
  • Standards, regulations and responsibilities
  • Fuel Sources
  • Stability
  • Safe operating procedures                  

Operator Refresher Forklift Training

The Operator Refresher Forklift Training course will enhance and refresh your forklift operation skills, support the importance of maintaining  safety techniques and adhere to driving and operating rules, regulations and guidelines for increased safety and productivity. This course as well as the new operator course is split into equal parts, hands-on practical training as well as classroom instruction.

If you have previously taken our Forklift Training certification course or training through another qualified provider and need to re-certify, please contact our Operator Training department for course availability.

Forklift operators are required to attend refresher training every 3 years as per CSA legislation B335-15.If you took your training at Wayco, we keep track of your record and will notify you prior to your renewal date. OHSA needs a written record which includes the name of the operator, dates of the training, classification and the name of the trainer. No worries if you have misplaced or lost your certificate, Wayco can provide a new copy. Our certificates are valid for 3 years anywhere in Ontario.

Elevated Working Platform 

Forklift Training Kitchener

Wondering if you need or would benefit from aerial lift training? While this course is known simply as the Aerial Lift Training, it is actually a comprehensive evaluation of many different hoisting mechanisms such as Elevated Working Platforms, Genie Boom, Scissor Lifts, Man Lifts, Bucket Lifts and Boom lifts. Aerial Platforms are ideal equipment to get a worker to a place that would never otherwise be safely reached by a ladder or other ordinary means. It allows people to work in high elevations from retail stores to construction sites and warehouses. However, the versatility and safety factors incorporated into these devices allow them to be utilized in almost any environment.

Our Elevated Working Platform training’s purpose is to promote the safe use, inspection and operation of aerial platforms and hazards associated with the use of such equipment. We will cover responsibilities, devices, and operating controls, personal protective equipment, hazards as well as rescue and operator safety. Depending on your workplace and training requirements, you may receive training for all or just some of the various types of aerial lifts.

Is your group small? We can accommodate individuals as well as group classes. Allow your company greater flexibility to choose training either at your site or ours. Ask our expert forklift Instructor for schedule times. Aerial work platforms are becoming more popular as they offer a safer way to work at heights. However, it is not a replacement for working at heights training. It does not replace the required Working At Heights training course for those working on construction projects.

Pedestrian Awareness

Pedestrians can protect themselves when working near forklifts by using their senses – and their common sense! Our basic Pedestrian awareness training is not just for forklift operators, but also for non-operators such as visitors, office staff or sales people who may venture into the warehouse or yard. Pedestrian safety is not an issue to be overlooked. Close to 20 percent of all forklift accidents involve a pedestrian being struck by a forklift. Accidents pedestrians and forklifts rarely occur, but when they do, the injuries are almost always serious. This course will develop skills and knowledge to reduce pedestrian crashes and create a more sustainable pedestrian safety program with training in traffic management, safety equipment and training for pedestrians. 

Many employers have established traffic management plans designed to keep pedestrians separate from powered lift traffic, but many programs fall short in providing information, instruction, and supervision for the protection of workers. People come into proximity with industrial trucks during the course of their work day. Some basic steps should be taken to ensure their safety. Pedestrian/forklift accidents often occur in situations where the pedestrian has been ignorant of safety precautions, or alternatively when the pedestrian has become complacent through frequent interaction with forklifts. To avoid putting yourself at risk, our program will go through basic steps to avoid common situations like the pedestrian did not see the lift truck, the pedestrian came too close, or the pedestrian did not hear the lift truck. Both drivers and pedestrians must learn to listen and look for warning signs; communication and alertness are crucial.Forklift Hazards

Does your organization use forklifts on the job? If so, having an effective forklift/pedestrian safety program is critical for protecting employees, assuring compliance, and minimizing damage to product and business assets. Click here And Learn More  about pedestrian and forklift safety now!

Propane Handling

Do you smell rotten eggs, a skunk’s spray, or a dead animal? It may be propane. Propane has a strong unpleasant smell. The smell is added deliberately by manufactures to help alert customers to propane leaks, which can create a safety hazard. Can you tell if a propane tank is leaking? Three ways to inspect for a propane leak is by smell (a distinct odor), sound (hissing noise indicates propane is escaping) and sight (frost can sometimes be seen in the area of a leak).

Forklift Propane Cylinder Exchange Training CourseDo you know the proper technique used to change a propane tank? All participants will learn to change a propane tank on a forklift in a competent manner. Our propane cylinder handling course will teach the basics of safely handling of liquid 33lb propane cylinder tanks.You will learn the correct steps to safe and proper use, exchanging, storage along with inspection of cylinders and how to deal and handle emergency situations. Understanding of the way the chemicals work and how propane is created will ensure a safer workplace. We will also give you a  review of legal requirements and penalties relating to propane compliances. Trained personnel should use personal protective equipment (PPE) when exchanging propane cylinders which includes proper gloves and eye protection.Personnel that have not been appropriately trained should never attempt to exchange a propane cylinder, and must defer to co-workers with appropriate training.

Since propane-fueled forklifts are heavily used in manufacturing plants, it’s crucial that appropriate training and safety are addressed with regard to propane cylinder exchange. The key to safety is in proper use and handling which can make propane one of the safest fuels on the market. Propane is non-toxic, lead-free, and has extremely low levels of sulphur

You can combine our forklift training with the forklift propane cylinder safety training course. You can learn how to change a propane tank on a propane powered lift truck.


It’s Official! The **NEW** WHMIS Regulations are now in effect!

WHMIS is a short form for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System. It is a comprehensive plan for providing information on the safe use of hazardous materials used in Canadian workplaces. Information is provided by means of product labels, material safety data sheets (MSDS), and worker education programs. On July 1, 2016 the Ontario government amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act and WHMIS Regulation 860 to officially include the new chemical labeling standards that are part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

What does this mean for you?

WHMIS trainingYou will be introduced a new classification rules, all the new Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), rules, and label requirements and formats for material safety data sheets which are built on the existing WHMIS 1988. An Overview of hazard groups and classes will make our workplaces safer and more productive.  You will learn to understand labels, recognize the pictograms (symbols), and understand the hazards that they represent. You will be trained on product specific procedures for safe use, storage, handling and disposal of a hazardous product and what to do in case of an emergency situation.

Employers must still complete transition to GHS WHMIS by the original December 1, 2018 deadline. Equally important, employers are still legally required to meet general and workplace-specific WHMIS training obligations. In fact, during the transition period, they must train workers in both original WHMIS and GHS WHMIS


GHS –  stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. GHS defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products, and communicates health and safety information on labels and safety data sheets

MSD – A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with the chemical product.  MSDSs are prepared by the supplier or manufacturer of the material

Click here to start your WHMIS training Course Today!

Lockout / Tagout

Lockout-tagout (LOTO) or lock and tag is a safety procedure which is used in industry and research settings to ensure that dangerous machines energy sources are properly shut off and not able to be started up again prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work. The proper development and implementation of specifically designed lockout procedures are essential in reducing workplace accidents, injuries, and death.Lockout tagout training

There are many types of potentially hazardous energy including, electrical, thermal, chemical, pneumatic, hydraulic, mechanical and gravitational energy. All such forms of energy must be locked out, blocked or released to ensure that machinery or equipment does not turn on or move during installation, repair or maintenance. An employer shall provide information, instruction and supervision to workers on proper lockout procedures for each piece of equipment they will be operating. Failure to control the release of hazardous energy while servicing and maintaining equipment has the potential to cause some of the most severe injuries in the workplace.

All authorized employees who service or maintain equipment, as well as equipment operators and any other affected employees who work in the area where lockout tag out is being performed are required to take this training to meet OHS compliance requirements for lock out tag out. Additionally temporary personnel  as well as outside service and contractor personnel must also be trained in hazardous energy control.

Specific Steps

  • To shut down, isolate, block, & secure machine.
  • Safely place, remove, & transfer of Lockout / Tagout devices
  • To test machine & verify energy is Locked out. 
  • Identify responsible person for Lockout / tagout

Who is responsible for the lockout program?

Each party in the workplace has a responsibility in the lockout program. 

Management is responsible for:

Employees are responsible for: Employees are responsible for:
  • Drafting, periodically reviewing, and updating the written program.
  • Identifying the employees, machines, equipment, and processes included in the program.
  • Providing the necessary protective equipment, hardware and appliances.
  • Monitoring and measuring conformance with the program.
  • Distributing protective equipment, hardware, and any appliance; and ensuring its proper use by employees.
  • Ensuring that equipment-specific procedures are established for the machines, equipment and processes in their area.
  • Ensuring that only properly trained employees perform service or maintenance that require lockout.
  • Ensuring that employees under their supervision follow the established lockout procedures where required.
  • Assisting in the development of equipment-specific procedures.
  • Following the procedures that have been developed.
  • Reporting any problems associated with those procedures, the equipment, or the process of locking and tagging out.



We recommend that you should renew your training every 3 years

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How to Lessen Common Forklift Hazards

Forklift Hazards

Five Ways To Avoid The Most Common Forklift Hazards

Forklifts can help get a lot of work done, but they pose dangers that both operators and pedestrians must watch out for. Every year more than 100 people lose their lives in forklift incidents and thousands more are injured. There’s a pretty good chance you’ve been involved with or witnessed a forklift accident. Receive industry leading forklift training by a certified trainer to avoid forklift hazards. Learn more today! 

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1. Do A Daily Inspection

Forklifts are particularly dangerous in the workplace, especially if they are not properly maintained. You need to keep forklifts in good condition, not only to avoid damageForklift Hazards
to loads and costly repairs, but also to keep your operators safe from injury or even death. Proper training, supervision and daily inspection are crucial. Why?

Safe forklift operation all starts with a well-trained operator, Clause 25(2)(d) of the OHSA, states that it’s an employer’s responsibility to ensure all operators are competent to operate forklifts, following the completion of a training program. A key component in operating a forklift safely is being able to perform an inspection. During the inspection, operators are supposed to check faults from the previous day, tire conditions, fluid levels, safety devices and the condition of the forklift. The operator documents any issues uncovered by the daily inspection. Our forklift training will provide you with a inspection log book to ensure the inspection is properly carried out. Employers who require employees to operate forklifts will benefit from our Forklift Operator’s Daily Checklist.

Do not become complacent – just because someone else has carried out a check doesn’t mean that the individual forklift operators shouldn’t be carrying out their own checks as well to ensure the forklift is safe to use. That is a very big mistake.

At Wayco, it is important to us that a proper forklift inspection is done that can help ensure that your workplace does not experience a forklift fatality. Our highly and certified Trainers will ensure that, at end of the day, workers are able to go home safe and sound to their families.

2. Train Your Workers on Foot

Forklift Hazards

“I thought he saw me, and he should be more careful with his forklift.” said the pedestrian.”As I was backing up, I assumed he knew I was there because of the noise and the smell of the forklift.” said the forklift operator.

Knowing who has the right of way, the pedestrian or the forklift, is a common problem and can be the cause of many forklift accidents. Who has the right-of-way on a job site or in a warehouse?  During an Ontario work site poll of about 2200 operators, the responses were split 50/50: half stating the forklift and half stating the pedestrian. The answer is not clear, therefore it is important for both operators and pedestrians receive training around this.

The importance of training pedestrians is too often overlooked. Have you considered taking our basic awareness training for non-operators such as office staff, visitors, and sales people who may travel into the warehouse or yard?
Our training program will ensure that you, the pedestrian, learns how to navigate around forklifts. It will teach you how to navigate around a warehouse safely and help to protect you by teaching you basic safety practices such as:

  • see eye to eye
  • don’t always trust your ears
  • make yourself stand out
  • use pedestrian lanes and if you can’t see them, they can’t see you.

There are many things that the workplace can do to help protect workers around forklifts such as create pedestrian lanes, keep aisles clear and improve warning equipment on the forklift and in the warehouse. These are just some of the things employers and pedestrian can do to help ensure a safe work place. Even though, there aren’t any OHSA requirements for pedestrian training, it should be done to avoid putting yourself at risk of being struck by a forklift. Just Remember that forklifts aren’t cars. Even if they could stop as quickly as a car (which they can’t), their loads cannot which is as dangerous as the forklift itself.

3. Carry Your Load Safely

Forklift Hazard

Operating a forklift may seem like an easy thing to do, but Forklift operators need to understand all the potential hazards. It is important for them to learn how to perform their job in a safe and appropriate manner when carrying a load. To understand the concept of load center, visualize two children – one bigger, one smaller – on a playground see saw. If the smaller child moves farther back on the seat and leans back, she will gain leverage and have more control. A lift truck is basically an industrial see saw that can be driven. The lift truck is the “bigger child” and the load is the “smaller child.”

Lift trucks with loads can become unstable when operating on wet, oily surfaces or inclines and when making fast turns causing your load to fall or tip over. Forklift stability is impacted by the weight and size of the load. An unstable load can be caused by:

  • poorly stacked / piled pallets
  • a load that is too heavy
  • forks that are too high
  • carrying a load that blocks your vision.

The hardest part of lift truck training is learning how to maintain their center of gravity within their stability triangleOur expert trainers will teach you to understand how forklifts maintain their balance, especially when handling heavy loads to keep you and everyone around you safe. Ensuring a stable load starts with learning the safe practices of overall load handling. If you are an operator of a forklift, then you have a very good chance of experiencing some type of accident during the course of your career.

4. Avoid Distractions While in Transit

You are driving the forklift, you look down to read a text received on your phone, the next thing you know, you find another forklift coming right at you. It takes less than a second for an accident to happen. That simple distraction could have just cost someone their life. Never take anything onto the forklift that might distract you from being alert and aware.Forklift Hazards

Forklift operators need to avoid distractions. Does your company have clear rules for forklift safety regarding devices, drinks, food and passengers? If not, then you need to set personal standards because every year, distractions lead to thousands of serious forklift accidents, some resulting in fatalities.

You need to mentally check your mind in when driving a forklift. A distraction divides your attention, no one can concentrate on two things at once. It’s just not humanly possible. When you’re trying to do two things your brain is rapidly shifting its focus from one thing to the other. Whenever it shifts, it is distracted from the other task. That means not using your cell phone, not looking at paperwork, not daydreaming about what you are going to do after work or what your co-worker is doing behind you. Keep your focus.

In addition, forklifts can encounter a variety of hazards while moving, so it is important to pay attention to your surroundings, signs, and speed. With our proper training you will learn defensive driving techniques to avoid distraction and recognize forklift safety hazards.Using the forklift properly can help you accomplish tasks more efficiently and safely, but when unsafely operated, potentially catastrophic incidents can outweigh their benefits.

5. Beware of Indoor Hazards

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Forklifts run on either propane, gas, diesel, or electricity. Forklifts that run on fuel create exhaust fumes, but the fact is they perform better than electric forklifts. You cannot use diesel or gas forklifts indoor. Only propane can be used indoors and only if the business has sufficient ventilation.

Did you know that propane gas is heavier than air? So leakage from a vehicle parked or stored near an unventilated pit or a lower level room, can present indoor air quality hazards. When the weather is cold and the doors and windows need to be closed, the risk increases. Propane gas is also very flammable and is a potential fire hazard.

Got a light headache? It could be due to carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous because it is tasteless, colorless, and odorless. Gas and diesel forklifts when used indoors can leave a high concentration of carbon monoxide which is undetectable by our senses. It is produced by the burning of fuel. It can quickly poison you and other people around in that confined area.

When forklift operators fail to take necessary precautions propane and other fuel related accidents can occur, possibly causing damage to property, lost productivity, or in the worst cases injury to or even death.

Everyone wants the safest working environment for their workers. By taking our forklift propane handling training, you can avoid all of these hassles. Our professionally trained staff can provide propane forklift safety training classes for your employees. We practice the most efficient and safest methods in propane cylinder handling. And remember, always wear proper eye protection and gloves when handling propane cylinders. 

Be Clear About Safety

Forklift Hazards TrainingRushing to finish the job before lunch?  “Hurry up, Scotty. Get out of my way; we’ve got to keep moving.” Employers need to think about the unreasonable deadlines that may cause the operator to rush which more than likely will cause an unnecessary accident, injury, or death.

When it comes to forklift safety training, operators and employers must share the responsibility of having each operator properly trained. The better approach is to emphasize that safe operation takes priority over production. It is the first line of defense in reducing forklift related incidents.

Our Well-Trained Safety instructors will teach you the key features of a safe forklift, proper safety protocols, and the best practices for your workplace while operating a forklift.  No job can or should be completed without proper training. This is particularly true when dealing with heavy machinery, such as forklifts, in the workplace. Proper safety protocols are not just good for obvious reasons (preventing accidents), they will also ensure the success of your company.

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5 Important Lift Truck Innovations & How They Will Change Your Business

Forklifts have come a long way from your gradpa’s time when they featured only the bare essentials, but they have left a legacy. The future of forklifts is here, and it means increased production on a whole new scale for warehouses and businesses. Need a solution to increase your production?

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New developments affect the lift truck market every day, and it’s only a matter of time before you’ll see these features and tools in your own warehouse. Driverless Forklifts? This is only one way that technology could really affect business.Technology can not replace certain skills that humans can do, but computers don’t get tired and they don’t have to face some of the challenges that humans do such as having poor judgment or making errors.  Here are five lift truck innovations worth knowing about.

Komatrax Forklift Innovation

1.Wireless Remote Monitoring

Today’s business environment is fast paced and forklifts are a critical element which helps industries keep up with the pace. Information is key and the status and location of your equipment is more important than anything else. All companies have challenges with labour costs, optimal performance and the behavior of those operators is an ongoing effort.

Did you ever wonder, where is my forklift? Is my forklift being Utilized? How Healthy is my Forklift? Well,  now you don’t have to wonder. Fleet remote monitoring technology is like a GPS that puts you in control of your equipment – anytime, anywhere.

Fleet remote monitoring technology is a satellite monitoring system that can track and send your equipment information directly to your computer, smartphone or tablet and maximize output through increased efficiencies and timely maintenance. This systems allows you to view information directly on your computer by a satellite download and will keep you fully informed about the type of work your machine is doing, exactly where your machine is, if your machine is safe, and whether your machine requires service or maintenance. The on-board machine health monitoring informs you of any abnormal readings that can be addressed before any major issues happen that could prevent an unnecessary accident or serious injury to the worker. The remote monitoring and its on-going evaluation will also provide you with information about poor or incorrect operator practices such as excessive speed, allowing you to give the operator additional training if necessary. Also the continuous monitoring of the machine’s condition helps you achieve maximum production and utilization by reducing unscheduled downtime.

It is designed to protect your investment and help you utilize, deploy and maintain your equipment by providing: 

  • Working record reviews
  • Fuel consumption reports
  • Monthly load/level summaries
  • Maintenance alerts
  • Daily reports
  • Monthly status summaries

This easy access web application will help protect your investments and give your forklift a longer life.

2. DronesLift Truck Innovations

Imagine having a bunch of tiny drones zipping around in your warehouse that can automatically track and monitor inventory.  Drones developed by MIT researchers buzz around the warehouse finding a particular item faster than your employees can. This will leave the workers free to manage and move material. 

Small drones can fly around your warehouse safely and can read dirt-cheap, battery-free inventory tags which receive power wireless from scanners. The tags can be read from “tens of meters away with a 19cm margin of error.  The identified inventory number enables workers to log inventory more efficiently than they could by reading and recording it manually.

A loss of $3 billion in revenue was report by Walmart because of mismatched inventory. The U.S. Army also lost track of $5.8 billion of supplies among its warehouses, because of mismatches between its inventory record and stock. It takes 3 months to perform a complete inventory at a single large retail store like Walmart. Mismatches can go undiscovered until customers do an actual count. This drone system could save retailers billions of dollars lost through faulty inventory records.

The drone has a challenge of only being able to read a range of no more than a few centimeters, but it can fly within close range of humans safely. Because of its lightweight plastic rotor, it won’t cause injury in the event of a collision. We anticipate that drones will be used in a lot more applications than just tracking inventory. In the warehouses we could see drones making deliveries as well as watching the equipment in the yard. There are many possibilities from monitoring crops and animals, in depth projects like pipelines, construction related facilities, and medical fields where the drones could be used to reduce safety risks and protect workers better.

Here are just a few difficult-to-reach and potentially dangerous situations where drones could be used instead of workers:

  • Climbing Walls or Towers
  • Appraising a Roof or chimney
  • Inspecting infrastructure like live wires or extensive dams
  • Surveying terrain to avoid dangerous areas

For now, drones are improving a number of other areas in warehousing, and their technologies will continue to be explored in the future. The jobs involved aren’t going away, but they are going to change.

3. Solar

Solar panels are a game changer revolutionizing the way people use energy. The sun dishes out every day free solar energy; yes free! Imagine running your plant or powering your forklift equipment with solar panels on your roof with free sun power. The solar industry is one of the fastest growing and due to the growing popularity of solar power the prices are coming down. Switching from lead acid batteries that struggle in hot and cold temperatures to solar panels that stand the heat is a great option. Solar battery performance will only go down ten percent when it is 0 degrees Fahrenheit  and  at 86 degrees Fahrenheit, solar batteries will continue to work, but performance goes down by 20%. Solar batteries do have to work extra hard when things warm up, but they can still stand the heat. Forklift Solar Innovations

Solar panels will have a tremendous impact on forklift owners’ cost savings.Traditionally, owners buy diesel forklifts because they are cheaper and cleaner to run. The new generation of solar has surpassed the diesel in the cheaper and cleaner to run department. The performance comparison is pretty much the same and the running cost has been slashed substantially.

Solar panels collect energy from the sun and turn it into electricity. Solar batteries work by converting the AC energy produced by the solar panel and storing it as DC power for later use. If your battery is fully charged it will send electricity back to the grid, so for those cloudy days you can draw the energy you stored earlier. Some solar batteries have their own inverter and offer integrated energy conversion. The higher the battery’s capacity, the larger the solar system it can charge.

Business owners have enjoyed the savings solar power gives them on their electricity bill and have benefited from rebates returns. It’s also environmentally friendly and they even sell some electricity back! Solar makes good economic sense. Companies are not only saving, but participating in the battle against global warming and reducing the country’s dependence on foreign resources. 

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4. Warning Systems

Are your employees listening to music, talking on cell phones, or staring at the ground? Too many accidents and fatalities are a result from being struck by forklifts. New safety add-on features for forklifts will help make your workplace safer for both operator and pedestrian. More and more safety innovative forklift features are being made such as motion sensors for forklifts and warehouses, visible lights that shine to the ground for pedestrian awareness, sensor mirrors and alarms. Making it simple to paying attention to your surroundings will improve forklift safety.

What is your number one priority? Your employees of course! The motion sensors blink when activity is detected to warn the operator and all pedestrian traffic to pay attention to their surroundings. This will help reduce pedestrian and forklift accidents, because each and every year there are way too many fatalities. Pedestrians tend to “be in the zone” and block out a repeated warning sound as it becomes irritating, but the Blue forklift warning light will draw their attention. It projects an intense blue or red light on the floor in front or behind the approaching forklift’s path, warning pedestrians of its approach and direction.

Employers can also put up motion warning lights at crossings, blind corners, doors, and exits to ensure the safety of all employees. The newest product is a tag worn by the pedestrian which once they enter the detection zone around the forklift, the operator is instantly warned of the pedestrian’s presence by an alarm sound. The diver can then take appropriate safety precautions. The alarm will stop when the tag is no longer detected. 

The following video illustrates the Pedestrian Alert System (PAS). That solution minimizes the risks of accidents between forklift trucks and pedestrians in common work areas. Pedestrians must wear electronic tags that are detected by a device on the forklift truck, warning the driver of the risk.

Danger lurks in many forms and with all these new warning systems it should keep employees safe, no matter their shift or location. Don’t wait until there is an injury or death at your workplace before developing a safe system of work to control risks.

5. Automated Guided Vehicles

Driverless Vehicles?  Not cars, though, but forklifts, stackers and pallet trucks that don’t require human intervention to move. The robotics service market is growing fast.

What are automated guided vehicles? The vehicles follow markers or wires in the floor, or use vision, magnets or lasers for navigation. Automated guided vehicles move product and act independently around warehouses and factories at all stages of production; and all without any human sweat. These self guided vehicles carry loads to and from the production line, the warehouse and into and out of trailers moving product smoothly and safely to the right destination.

This video illustrates the state-of-the-art automated guided vehicle systems carrying loads to and from the warehouse, the production line, and into and out of trailers. You will see a whole new world open up in the warehouse industry by how they work, how they are being used, and what to expect in the future.

Feeling the labour crunch? This self guided vehicle and its automatic picking task will save time, reduce labour costs, product damage, improve safety, improve flexibility and increase productivity. People fear robots and automated vehicles are taking over jobs in warehouses. Even though they may be very efficient, they are also kind of dumb. They just act and don’t think. Automated Guided Vehicles are basically a helping hand for doing tasks that would be difficult, unsafe, boring or repetitive for a human to perform. People still need to control the robot, do jobs the machine can’t and fix them when they get stuck. Even though machines are getting smarter they will never be as smart as us !

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Keep an eye on the future of forklift technology, as it’s coming fast and furious! These innovations to some companies mean creating a safer and more efficient work environment or to others going green or finding ways to save money. Adopting new technology allows your company to take control of your warehouse work force and build towards more sophisticated processes and systems.

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Forklift License – Common Questions Asked About Obtaining One

Forklift License Common Questions

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Here are the top 14 questions to ask BEFORE you take a forklift license training course. Get all of the answers that you need about forklift training and the related certification and licensing.  If you would like to start your training now, get in touch with the forklift training experts at Wayco.

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1. What I Need To Ask When Inquiring about Forklift Training?

There is a lot to think about, when looking for the best forklift training. Asking about pricing is a a good idea, but it is more important to know what is included in that price. Remember to ask how much training you will receive. A forklift license is not just a piece of plastic; it is knowledge taught by certified teacher and the correct skills that will ensure the safety of a forklift you drive. It is important that the training applies to your job criteria with proper equipment, course quality, training content, scheduling and pricing. You need more than just online training; you need hands on training to know how to operate a forklift. The professional forklift instructor needs to know that you have learned and absorbed the required material and can put it to practical use. If you need to retest if you failed at a later date find out if there is an additional cost. 

2. What should be covered in the forklift training course?

Training and safety school courses coverage should deal with the following topics:

  • Course Introduction
  • Government Legislation
  • Forklift training safety video
  • Workers, supervisors, and employers responsibilities
  • Various types of lift truck identification
  • Pre-operational checks
  • Maintenance, inspection and records
  • Load limitations and lift capacity
  • Fuel Safety for electric and propane forklifts
  • Safe operating procedures

Forklift training courses are designed by CSA Standard B335-15 – The CSA Safety Standard for Lift Trucks (B335-15) identifies the practical skill, knowledge, and evaluation requirements needed by a lift truck operator.

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3. Why do I need training to operate a forklift? 

Even if forklift driving is a very small part of your job, you will need forklift training. Occupational Safety & Health regulations across Canada requires that all workers be trained and certified before driving a forklift. You not only learn the safe operation of a forklift, but you learn about other safety topics such as hazards, pedestrian traffic, surface conditions, and load stability, loading and unloading in the workplace. This knowledge will help you reduce immediate danger to yourself and any other employees working in the area. Operator error is the leading cause of workplace equipment accidents, even when an incident does not cause injury, it can still mean costly damage to lift trucks, buildings and productivity.

4. Do I need a valid car drivers license to become a forklift driver?

Driving a forklift is very different from driving a car or truck. A car license is not needed if the forklift is operated inside the warehouse or factory. If you wish to drive the forklift on a public highway, then both you and the vehicle would need to comply to the road traffic laws. However, the forklift operator must be certified to use a forklift in the facility.

5. How long does it take to get certified to drive a forklift? 

The duration of training will depend on the complexity and comprehensiveness of the type of forklift you are wanting to get certified on. The most common type of a lift truck is a counterbalance forklift which takes 4 to 8 hours of training. But if you want to drive a rough terrain forklift, the training time tends to be lengthier.  The forklift theory part can take anywhere from 2.5 hours and up depending on the group size and learning pace. The length of time for the practical portion of forklift training will depend on whether the operators have any previous experience and which type of forklift they are training on. 

6. Do forklift certifications expire?

One can only Imagine some of the bad habits drivers pick up, therefore every 3 years OHSA regulations require a forklift renewal card. There are other ways the forklift driver might require certification renewal: if the forklift is involved in an accident, if you are assigned a different type of forklift and require a new forklift certificate for that type of forklift,and even if your facility is modified it changes safety regulations. Renewing your forklift license reminds forklift operators of the safety procedures which may have slackened over time and ensure that drivers are up to date with the latest advances in technology. 

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7. How do you know which certification is right for you?

So now the big question, which certification is right for you?  You must first decide what category of lift truck you drive or want to drive. This will determine what type of course you need to attend. It will also depend on whether it is factory application, outdoor application, or warehouse stacking applications; but at Wayco we can help you decide which forklift classification training program you should enroll in.

8. How Do You Begin The Process of Certification?

To begin the process of certification you will do the following:
1.Enroll in a Forklift Certification Course
2.Attend the Classroom Lectures
3.Pass the Written Examination
4.Perform Actual or Hands-On Forklift Operation
5.Be Evaluated

Once the classroom lecture is completed, and you have passed the written test and completed the hands on practical driving test, you will be evaluated by a competent forklift trainer. Upon successful completion, you will receive your certification. This forklift certification should be presented when applying for a job or when asked for by your supervisor. Remember that the certification expires every three years. You will need to take refresher training for its renewal. 

9. What is the difference between a license and certificate?

Is there a difference between a forklift certificate and a forklift license? Most people refer to their certificate as their license, however the correct term is certificate as it is a certificate of training. A forklift certificate is awarded to the forklift operator who is competent and capable of operating a forklift safely & understands its function. The certificate looks like a license, but legally there is no such thing.  Health and Safety rules require you have adequate training on each type of equipment you use at work. A certificate is only good for a specific type of lift, because not all forklifts are the same. 

10. Is my forklift certificate valid anywhere? 

Your forklift certificate is good for 3 years anywhere in Ontario for the particular forklift type of classification during your stay with the company, you were trained, certified and issued with operator certificate. The forklift license you have in your possession is still valid, even if you are leave one company and go to work for another company, however the forklifts you are using must be the same (forklift type and classification) as the one indicated on your license. It is important to remember though that different employers may have their own safety training standards.  It may be possible that the new employer has a higher standard than the former employer, or visa versa. Whatever the situation may be, the new employer should conduct a new session of in-house training, because forklift controls vary depending on the type of truck. That is why it is important that the company familiarize you with the new forklift to help you understand how each control works. You can also read the operator manual to familiarize yourself with the forklift. 

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11. Where can i get additional information about forklift laws?

It should come as no surprise that some employers often don’t understand what is required under the standard forklift laws. Ministry of labour health and safety does a good job specifying many safeguards and procedures in the workplace that operate lifting devices and personnel lifts.

For more forklift training information you can go to the following websites:

Ontario Ministry of Labour –Guideline for the Safe Operation and Maintenance of Powered Lift Trucks
Canadian Standard Association Safety Standards
Canadian Centre of Occupational Health & Safety – Forklift Trucks

12. I have lost my license, can I get another?

Let me remind you that when you say forklift license, it always refers to certification training or an operator card. To get the certificate replaced, you can request a replacement card from the provider or center where you got your training. If you are applying for a job, the easiest way is to ask the person who trained you to send a copy of your certificate to your new employer.

If you are not successful replacing your license, you will have to retake the training and get re-certified. Usually, it is the employer’s obligation to provide you with this training.

13. Do you offer job assistance? 

Did you know that forklift operators are in demand? Wayco provides a job page on our website to help all certified forklift operator trainees to get a head start on looking for a forklift job opportunities. We advertise full-time permanent positions in a variety of industries to help our recent graduates and students start on their new career adventure through our network partners.Forklift License Job Postings The following are some helpful links to get you started:

Wayco Job Page
People Store Staffing
Bedard Resources

Certified forklift operator might be the right job for you.

14. How can I register for the course?

To register for a course, simply fill out the registration form below,  give us a call 519-748-5440, or come and talk with us in person at 30 Adam Ferrie Place, Kitchener Ontario, N2E 2A9. We will help you choose the right training course, register your company, or register the operator. Take a forklift training course that is right for you!


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5 Reasons To Get Forklift Training

5 Reasons To Get Forklift Training

5 Reasons To Get Forklift Training

Safety is critical for any business with employees who use forklifts or other powered industrial trucks. Accidents are a continuous, and very real, threat.  A forklift is dangerous; this is the main reason why forklift training  should be taken seriously. Untrained operators don’t fully understand how to operate equipment and they can overlook important safety precautions. Forklift training benefits the company not just the worker who operates the forklift. Damage due to inexperienced drivers can be costly, cause injuries to operators and pedestrians, cause downtime, and cause loss of life. .

Operating a forklift requires training and certification to ensure safety in the workplace and helps the employer comply with the law. Working safe should always be a top priority.  If you are looking for expert forklift training, contact the professionals at Wayco. 

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Let’s check out the top 5 reasons to get forklift training:

1. Safety First

What is your facility doing to improve worker safety? Safety is now recognized as an essential component of a company’s overall health. OHSA indicates that more than one-third of the deaths each year attributed to forklifts are pedestrians. Forklift accidents are common inside a busy facility and training your forklift operator reduces the risk of injury.  Pedestrians walking through the workplace also need to be aware of forklifts. The more familiar forklift operators and pedestrians are with your equipment, the more likely they are to spot and solve problems before they arise, creating a safer work environment for everyone. Employees will stay longer at your company if you invest in the their knowledge and well-being by giving them forklift training.

Few things to familiarize yourself with your forklift equipment are:

  • Hydraulic Lift Knobs
  • Forklift Directional Controls
  • Accelerator Pedal
  • Clutch Pedal
  • Brake Pedal
  • Inching Pedal
  • Parking Pedal

2. Cost Savings

We often talk about the high costs of accidents. Forklift accidents not only put workers in danger, but also your product. Overtime, little damages such as banging up racking, product and the vehicle itself may seem small, but they add up quickly over time. Forklifts that have been in accidents and have endured misuse and have to be repaired constantly will have their lifespan reduced by years. With proper forklift training the operator feels more comfortable and confident on the equipment avoiding product loss, encountering fewer accidents, and less downtime which is a huge cost saving.  Minimize big or small accident; keep your warehouse on schedule and improve productivity. 

Safety training is an investment; accidents at the workplace can have huge ramifications when a worker is injured. OHSA is cracking down and can fine employers for not having operators properly trained which could literally put a business under. Suddenly a forklift license cost is well worth it. The cost of the training will lower your cost of compensation insurance, equipment,  property and product damage. An investment in a safe operation always makes financial sense.

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3. Its the Law

The Occupational Health and Safety Act revealed a wide variety of immediate causes (collisions, shifting loads, tip-overs), but generally the same root cause: the lack of an effective safety program. The Act requires an employer to establish a worker’s competence to operate a powered lift truckWorkplaces must have safety in mind. Workers must be properly trained and supervision must be adequate in order for fewer accidents to happen. The law develops and implements a program for powered lift truck safety and it must be followed.The Ministry can fine a employer, supervisor and worker (subsection 66.1). If convicted, a court may impose a fine and/or jail term against an individual. The maximum fine per charge for an individual is $ 25,000 and/or imprisonment for up to 12 months.  The maximum fine, which can be imposed on a corporation convicted of an offense is $ 500.00 per charge (subsection 66.(1)(2) if an operator is caught driving without proper training.

Keep in mind too that insurance companies are likely to reject claims if the operator is not forklift certified. This means the employer will have to pay out of pocket.

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Ontario employer fined $100,000 after worker’s forklift injury
Toronto Plastics Company, Supervisor, Fined After Worker Suffers Permanent Injury
Ontario workplace fatality leads to $250,000 fine and jail time 

4 Safe work environment

Workplace safety should never be taken lightly.  No matter what size your business, you must account for safety regulations. Know the dangers in your workplace and implement work practices and procedures to prevent injury. Inadequate work practices and traffic management contribute to forklift fatalities and critical injuries. Simple, safe practices can make a big difference. Having a safe work environment, effective worker training, a traffic management plan, effective supervision, plan and procedure will reduce the risk.  Make sure everyone understands what the following simple things mean:

  • sounding the hor,
  • speed limit
  • wearing seat belt
  • warning signs and training.
  • Establish pedestrian awareness traffic policies and programs
  • Identify all the hazards – how workers may be harmed .

Consider Safeguards such as:

  • Establish rules for equipment maintenance, repair and modification
  • Select forklifts based on the requirements of the job and work environment
  • Forklift and workplace safety – audible vehicle devices, warning lights, signs
  • Appoint competent supervisors and ensure that they are adequately trained to carry out their responsibilities
  • Provide information, instruction and training for drivers, pedestrians and other on-property workers
  • Use work environment design – Protect barriers, walkways or sidewalks
  • Involve workers in health and safety committees

Only use a forklift for the purpose it was designed. Don’t wait until an injury or death occurs at your workplace, get the proper training and create a safe work environment. What’s most important is that your system works for your organization. It’s up to you to decide how best to manage safety and implement all necessary training.

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5 Reduce Risk of Accidents

Consider forklift training as a kind of insurance policy. Learning to operate a forklift is like any other complex task. It is much easier, if you break the task into small, manageable pieces and do not try to learn too many things at once. You will know when the forklift is unsafe, if you have been trained properly. Anyone operating a forklift is required to be trained on:

  • pointing out potential hazards involving forklift operation,
  • how to handle loads and keeping the forklift stable
  • manufacturers and suppliers need to improve information about forklift capabilities and limitations. 

It is the employer’s responsibility to:

  • ensure the forklift complies with the Ministry of Labour rules
  • provide adequate training
  • provide supervision
  • ensure operating procedures are followed
  • make sure maintenance and repair procedures are adhered to
  • safely design their facility
  • enforce the proper lift truck selection criteria. 

Through training the operator and employer will recognize safe operation which will not only avoid unnecessary accidents but ensure serious faults are identified and remedied sooner rather than later.

Allow only people whose training and experience provide them with expert knowledge to perform inspections, testing or maintenance. Ensure that only qualified manufacturers’ representatives, qualified mechanics, or engineers repair, modify or replace any part of a forklift. Responsibility for forklift safety is shared by the operator and their employer; and safe operation procedures must be kept up-to-date to reflect the current workplace environment.

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The following video shows a number of preventable forklift accidents which should send a powerful message to you the viewer. Injuries happen to real people who ignore their forklift safety training. If you don’t learn how to drive a forklift safely, consequences of forklift errors will result in property damage and in injury.

If you enjoyed this forklift training video, let it be a useful tool for what not to do when driving a forklift:

  • Stay away from any horseplay that could potentially hurt someone
  • Forklifts tend to swing from turns due to high speeds
  • Poor Judgement you might go over the edge
  • Make sure that you know the facility and how big or small you can work with. 
  • The hazards that exist when driving on docks and trailers.

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5 Reasons To Get Forklift Training

Why Choose Wayco?

We are a 100% Canadian, family-owned business with quality equipment, top service, and the best warranty in the industry. Our intense training will give you the best price and overall best coverage. We offer national coverage, local service, 98% pass rate & we train individuals, groups or corporations. We train in house or your location.
We offer training at your job site or at our job site, by our experienced expert instructors.  Ask about evening and weekend courses offered with prior booking. Check out our training calendar for dates.
For more than 15 years, Wayco has provided quality forklift safety training in the Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Stratford, Guelph and surrounding areas. Our safe operation of a Lift Truck / Forklift Program is a good method for ensuring forklift safety and becoming a competent operator in the workplace. A forklift is a very powerful and useful tool, but in untrained hands, it can do more harm than good. Know your Lift Truck!
Because we have our own fleet of Vehicles, we offer a wide variety of forklift equipment training courses and warehouse application training. We partner with companies to provide staffing solutions. If you’re in need of a forklift operator, visit our website job board. 
Stop wasting valuable time, money, and energy manually tracking employee training records; we do that for you. Notification will be sent one month prior to expiration date.   

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Top 5 Forklift Accident Videos

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What factors contribute to a forklift accident?  Take a look at these top 5 forklift accident videos and you will find out. There are countless horror stories about forklifts in the workplace. We’re going to check some of them in this post, explain what went wrong, and how proper safety policies and training could have prevented them. Train your employees and don’t let this happen to them.

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 1. Ten Videos of Forklift Accidents that show Why Training is Important

Summary: This great 5 minute video counts down ten different forklift accidents that could have been prevented with proper training.  You may think this would never happen, but it does, as the video evidence proves. You will witness how quickly things can go wrong from forklift stunts, crashes, bottle breaking and collapsed shelves.

The Main Takeaway: The cost of proper training is minimal in comparison to what the costs could be in lost product and damaged equipment.

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2. Warehouse Fails

Summary: Accidents like the ones in the next video happen, but nobody thinks it’s serious until some guy has his fingers crushed or his foot run over and his heel crushed. Here we have a series of warehouse video footage that shows examples of poor driving skills as well as the improper use of forklift equipment. Some of the videos demonstrate extensive damage to product and others show individuals getting seriously injured.

The Main Takeaway: Some forklift accidents are a result of carelessness, but there is never a time when horseplay is appropriate. Some of these shenanigans at these warehouses look harmless, but they could hurt or kill someone. Horseplay means rough fun; fooling around means doing foolish, useless things. A fool is a person with little or no judgment or common sense. The dangers of workplace horseplay like speeding or stunt driving with a forklift can cause possibly injury to the driver or innocent pedestrians. Most accidents are caused by unsafe acts—and horseplay itself is an unsafe act.

Video Maker: YokoHammer91

3. Five Fails Forklift Accidents Caught on Camera

Summary: There you have It! This video shows us that loading and unloading can be costly. We see examples of having too of heavy loads, using the wrong equipment, and a forklift falling off the edge of the pavement. Some of these warehouse forklift accidents are a recipe for eventual disaster. The scariest one is of an older man falling when unloading the truck. He launches 3 meters up in the air and does a face plant. A loading dock is a dangerous place for forklift operators

The Main Takeaway:

Forklifts weigh several thousand pounds making it a dangerous vehicle. Those racks falling are no joke.  It takes one little break in concentration to have an accident. It is critical that loads are secured and carefully centered on the forks to ensure the weight is distributed properly so that balance is maintained when loading and unloading.

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4. Don’t Do This!

Summary: How can these forklift accidents happen? These top ten videos collections cover embarrassing mishaps from loading and offloading, colleagues who are determined to get the product unloaded even if it means toppling over, a driver who is unaware of a pedestrian, and everything in between. Lack of safety precautions could cost your business – and worst of all – your life.

The Main Takeaway: Here are a few tips to prevent some of these accidents: you should make sure your load is secure, use proper equipment, look out for pedestrians, and take special care on loading docks. We could list more but our advice is, if it looks dangerous, then it probably is. Simple, safe practices, such as wearing correctly fitted seat belts, observing speed limits and warning signs; slowing down; and sounding the horn at an intersection can make a big difference.

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5. Forklift Accident brings down the Warehouse

Summary: The forklift accident in this next video looks just like an earthquake shook this warehouse. Luckily no one was seriously injured. One small forklift accident moment can cost tons of money and days of work cleaning it up.  The driver in the video hits the first shelf just hard enough to start a domino effect bringing down all the shelving in the entire warehouse.

The Main Takeaway: Was it the driver’s fault or were the shelves poorly constructed? We are not sure, but it is safe to say that all aspects of a warehouse safety should be checked from racking, to maintaining clear paths in aisles, not just enforcing forklift operator training.

Video Maker: JustaTest2010

Here at Wayco we provide safety programs that help train your employees to operate safely in the workplace. Forklift accidents are preventable with proper training. It is also important that everyone who works around powered industrial trucks become familiar with the safety rules. You probably feel relatively safe walking around forklifts, right? Most people do. However, companies need to create safer warehouses for pedestrians and forklifts to prevent forklift accidents.  Call us today at 519-748-5440 to find out more about how one of our safety training programs could help ensure that incidents like these never happen in your workplace.

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Komatsu Forklift vs Competition

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Komatsu Forklift vs Competition

Many people ask the question, “Why choose a Komatsu forklift, when it comes to forklifts?” It becomes difficult to know what brand is the best for your application, so we’ve put together a simple comparison of Komatsu Forklift vs Competition and why Komatsu ranks higher than other brands. If you are looking for greater value through lower costs of operation, day-after-day for your business, contact Wayco. We can help you select the right Komatsu equipment for your needs.

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How to Reduce Forklift Accidents

In order to be able to safely use forklift equipment, you must first understand how a forklift operates, the weight that it is designed to handle and how it must be repaired. These are all critical factors to understand how to reduce forklift accidents. Accidents occur when there is a lack of education and proper training. Forklifts are gaining popularity because of their ability to move large quantities of product, effectively and quickly. They are an essential tool for many businesses across Canada. A top priority should be to create a safe workplace by learning how to reduce forklift accidents. There are key issues that must be addressed and every employee must be aware of risk factors at all times.

OSHA statistics indicate that there are roughly 85 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries each year, with 42 percent of the forklift fatalities from the operator’s being crushed by a tipping vehicle.

Four of the most common reasons why forklift accidents happen are not having proper training, no pedestrian and worker awareness, driving issues, and loading problems. If these four factors are addressed, the risk of workplace injury will decrease substantially. If you would like to set up forklift safety training for your employees, contact Wayco today.

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How to reduce Forklift Accidents

How to Reduce Forklift Accidents

1. Get Proper Training

How to Reduce Forklift AccidentsAccidents often happen in the workplace due to not enough training or not knowing how to maintain the forklift properly with various safety checks that should be done on a daily basis. To determine if a machine needs servicing, a forklift inspection is essential. Regular inspections can help to prevent accidents and injuries. OSHA believes that proper operator forklift training can reduce the risk of accidents by 25-30%. If you need to brush up or you need new forklift training, Wayco is able to offer this service. Safety standards not only help to prevent accidents, but they also keep employees healthy and prevent damage to your equipment and inventory.


2. Promote Pedestrian and Worker Awareness

How to Reduce Forklift Accidents

Pedestrians always have the right-of way, even if they are walking in the path of a forklift. It’s no different than driving a vehicle on a road. Pedestrians cannot always see the lift truck, or hear the forklift which can result in an accident or injuries. The workplace can control these accidents through better traffic management and awareness. Employers can create designated walkways or travel ways, and equip the forklift with a blue safety light that projects on the floor in front or behind the approaching forklift’s path, warning pedestrians of its approach and direction. These are just a few things to prevent accidents. Pedestrian Awareness training covers the basic hazards in the workplace between pedestrians and forklifts.Pedestrians learn to stop, look and listen. You never know when a truck may appear suddenly around a blind corner. It is also important tor engage in eye contact with the forklift driver before crossing the forklift’s path. Close to 20 percent of all forklift accidents involve a pedestrian being struck by the forklift. It is crucial for communication and alertness to reduce forklift accidents.

3.Address Driving Issues

How to Reduce Forklift AccidentsThe most common accident happens from traveling too fast in the wrong conditions. Even experienced drivers can make mistakes if operating in an unsafe manner. Lift trucks are really heavy and often unstable and the operator driving the forklift has to drive responsibly. They can not only put themselves at risk, but they can jeopardize the safety of other employees and pedestrians. Erratic driving, stunt driving or any horseplay should be reported immediately to a supervisor and the operator should be disciplined. 7% of all forklift accidents are caused by driving off a loading dock and all other accidents are due to traveling at high speeds, improper backing up or parking techniques, turning or braking incorrectly, improper warning, riding with the load elevated and inadequate servicing of the forklift.

To reduce forklift accidents, all potential hazards need to be understood by forklift operators to perform their jobs in a safe and appropriate manner and prevent accidents and injuries. OSHA collects more than $2 million each year from citations issued to organizations that fail to maintain their forklifts or provide adequate training to their employees.

4. Preventing Loading Problems

How to Reduce Forklift Accidents

Each forklift has a manufacturer’s load capacity plate. It determines the maximum weight that a forklift is able to safely carry at a specific load center. To ensure the weight is distributed properly; it is critical that loads are secured and carefully centered on the forks. If not centred the forklift’s capacity will be reduced and it can tip over easily. Actually, 14% of forklift accidents or serious crush injuries are caused by rollover, collision or falling loads if the capacity is exceeded.

To reduce forklift accidents, here are some of the loading problems that should be avoided:

  • Poorly stacked or piled items on the pallet.
  • Load is too heavy or blocking vision
  • Exceeding the recommended load limit of your lift truck.
  • Loads not close to the front wheels to keep lift truck stable
  • Unstable loads
  • Carrying a heavy load with the forks too high
  • Raising or lowering the fork when the lift truck is not stopped 
  • Lifting loads straight up or tilted back slightly
  • Forks not spaced properly

It may seem like an easy, simple thing to operate a forklift, but if not done properly, significant injuries and damage can occur. If you are not properly trained, contact us and to help you prevent unnecessary risk.


Load Center is easily calculated by measuring the load to be carried, and dividing by two (providing the load is evenly distributed, and positioned to butt up to the forklift backrest). You will often see a forklift truck’s nominal capacity quoted in a form such as 2,000kg @ 500mm load centre.

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5 Ways You Can Reduce the Risk of forklift Accidents
Highlights the importance of safe forklift operation and operator training

Forklift Trucks – Common Factors in Forklift Accidents 
Workplace health and safety topics, from hazards to diseases to ergonomics to workplace promotion.

Three Simple Ways to Prevent Forklift Accidents 
Complex machinery, uncontrolled traffic, and the desire to optimize productivity can make industrial warehouses an environment prone to accidents.

5 Tips for Preventing Forklift Accidents
 (OSHA), forklift accidents are responsible for approximately 100 deaths, 34,900 serious injuries and 61,800 minor injuries each year.

Ten Videos of Forklift Accidents That Show Why Training Is So Important.