A Handy Guide for Used Toyota Forklifts

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A Handy Guide for Used Toyota Forklifts

New and used Toyota forklifts are widely seen as the best in the business. In this article, we will outline what you need to know before purchasing the latter, beginning with a brief history of the company all the way to adding one to meet your business needs. If you are in the market for a forklift but are not sure which type will best suit your particular requirements, contact the forklift experts at Wayco today – and don’t forget about the training needed to operate this machinery.


Used Toyota Forklifts


1. Used Toyota Forklifts – Assess Your Needs

New or used, buying a Toyota forklift is a big investment that can provide a large return for your business. The right forklift can help you save money, increase productivity, and decrease your overall downtime. The wrong forklift, however, can become a detriment. Here are some things to expect as you go to buy a forklift.

Before looking to buy, it’s important to assess your requirements by asking the following questions:

  • How high do you need to lift?
  • Where will the forklift primarily be used – indoors or outdoors?
  • How wide are the aisles and doors?
  • How many hours will the forklift be in use per day?
  • What kind of tires will you need?
  • Are there any specific options or accessories you will need?
  • Do you have properly trained operators? This is an OSHA requirement.

The hours per day is key when considering buying used, as the general rule of thumb is if you think you’ll run a forklift more than four hours a day, consider purchasing a new forklift. 




2. Discover the Advantages of Buying Used Toyota Forklifts

There are two clear advantages to purchasing a used forklift made specifically by Toyota: Acquiring a high-quality product and paying a reduced price. If you have the means, your business will want to make an investment in brand-new equipment for your employees. There are, however, situations where it’s either unnecessary or cost-prohibitive to make that kind of splashy purchase, and well within reason to look for a used product instead. Often, buying used Toyota forklifts proves to be a cheaper option that reaps great rewards – not only will you save money, but you’re getting a great product.

Toyota products are famous for great durability and value retention, meaning you know you’ll be getting a forklift that will last despite having been previously deployed by another company.

Still, there are precautions you want to take before making this decision.

Komatsu vs Toyota Forklift


3.  Do Your Due Diligence

As with any purchase, there are a few things you should really pay attention to when buying used. Here’s a handy checklist, with the pertinent points listed below:

  1. Inspect cosmetic evidence: Looking at the wear on the body of the forklift can tell you a lot about how it has been cared for and how it has been used. If the body is significantly damaged, the internal parts probably have some damage too, so buyer beware. Buyers should also specifically look for: 
    • Fluid Leakage: If you see fluid leaking from any part of the forklift, you should be concerned. Leaking fluid is a red flag that something may be wrong with the forklift. Performance can potentially suffer and additional damage can be incurred. 
    • Smoking or Slow Starting Engine: Again, these are warning signs that the forklift likely has some internal issues. It could be as simple as needing a tune-up or something much more involved.
  2. Inspect a potential purchase: Even after looking at the cosmetic evidence, get a qualified technician to do a deep dive; they’ll see things that a less educated eye may miss.
  3. Ask questions: It’s good to inquire as to how and where the forklift has been used in the past. Whoever is selling the used forklift should be willing to let you look at the condition of anything they are selling and give it a test drive. If the sales person seems uncomfortable with you checking out the forklift, walk away from the deal. Always ask for maintenance records.
  4. Ensure equipment capabilities: Make sure you know exactly what you want to use your forklift for and whether or not the one you’re looking at fits your needs. Do not settle for specifications that are not matched to the scope of your equipment needs.

Contact Wayco Multi-lift if you have any questions about what to look for in used Toyota forklifts, and click here for a printout.

Pre-owned Used Pneumatic Forklift Toyota



4. Avoid These Mistakes

Above and beyond the aforementioned checklist, potential buyers will want to avoid making the following errors.

  • Not taking the test drive: Few would purchase a used car without taking it for a test drive, and a forklift deserves the same treatment. If you are not an operator yourself, have one of your trained employees who knows your operation take the forklift for a spin. This would be a good opportunity to see if those who will be driving it are comfortable behind the wheel of this particular machine. Make sure the forklift is running smoothly, and all of the functions are still operational.
  • Purchasing a model that you can no longer get parts for: Always contact a local forklift expert, such as  Wayco, and make sure the product you are purchasing is still being manufactured.  If it isn’t, repairs could end up being more difficult. The lift truck professionals at Wayco work with all makes and models of lifting devices and they can let you know about the availability of parts for any model. Not only can they offer you the best advice on which used forklift to buy, but they also sell the area’s best selection of quality used forklifts.
  • Overlooking small issues: If the forklift appears to have been previously improperly maintained, don’t take the chance; it’s not worth acquiring equipment that will require heavy repairs or restorations in the not too distant future. For example, if it takes a couple tries to start the engine up, you may need to ask a few more questions: What was the main usage? How many hours was it in daily operation? What’s the heaviest amount it has ever lifted? Even if you think a small problem can be solved with a quick fix, you may want to pass it up; there is a chance that the cost of repairs could be greater than you expected.

Pre-Owned Used Cushion Forklift Toyota


5. Know the History

Toyota established its first forklift dealership and sold its first forklift in the United States back in 1967, and over the years, Toyota has continued to evolve its lift truck product line. In 1990, Toyota started producing lift trucks in Columbus, Indiana, at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM).

Here’s a brief timeline, per Wikipedia.

1956Toyota’s first lift truck model – the LA 1-ton lift truck – is unveiled in Japan.
1967Toyota sells its first lift truck in the United States.
1990Toyota begins lift truck production at Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing in Columbus, Indiana.
2000Toyota becomes the first American lift truck manufacturer to offer AC powered technology.
2002Toyota becomes the #1 selling lift truck company in America.
2008Toyota becomes the sole American distributor of AICHI scissor lifts, wheeled and crawler boom lifts.
2010Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing wins Top Plant in the U.S.


There are a total of 70 dealers and 220 Toyota lift truck dealership locations in the U.S.A. and Canada, offering new and used Toyota forklifts, Toyota Genuine Parts, Starlift all-make Parts, rentals, service, and training. Over the years, Toyota products have become famous for great durability and value retention.



Trust Wayco For High Quality Used Toyota Forklifts in Kitchener

If you are in the market for a top quality used Toyota forklifts with longer run times and lower total operating costs, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

“Our company shopped around for the most competitively priced lift equipment repairs and rental services in the KW region and found Waco Multi Lift Inc. Their repair rates were lower than the other companies out there and the service is prompt and professional for our in house lift trucks. With one phone call a tech arrives within a couple hours. We are also renting a 3 year old lift truck from them in new condition, they found just the right truck for our needs. Their repair Techs are knowledgeable and friendly and get the job done no matter what the problem is. Just want to thank Steve P, Chris and Rob for their help the past few months for keeping our production and shipping rolling.”

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The Ultimate Forklift Guide Ontario



A forklift can be an essential part of most construction or industrial workplaces. It is important however to know  how to properly use, operate, and maintain them so that they are operated efficiently, effectively and safely. This ultimate forklift guide is designed to help you understand the legislation surrounding forklifts, know how to safely operate and maintain them, what training is required and how to make your warehouse or workspace forklift friendly. If you have further questions, or are in the market to purchase a new or pre-owned forklift, contact the forklift professionals at Wayco.


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The Ultimate Forklift Guide – Contents

Click on the links below to go immediately to the section of the guide that you want, or start at the beginning and work your way through to the end.

1. Forklift Legislation
2. Key Elements for a Health and Safety Program for Forklifts
3. Forklift Hazards – Safety
4. Worker Training
5. Management and Supervisor Responsibility
6. Safe Operating Procedures
7. Maintenance
8. Facility Design
9. Preventing Accidents


Forklift safety inspection


1. Forklift Legislation

You must make sure that if you own, rent or borrow a vehicle for work purposes, it is safe for use and fit for the purpose for which it is intended. The law requires that workplaces are maintained in a condition that is safe and without risk to safety and health. Employers also have a duty to take every precaution to protect their workers.

Employers and employees must comply with all Ontario legislation rules and laws that pertain to lifting devices such as forklifts. Proper information, training, and inspections must be carried out to use the equipment in a safe manner and as per the manufacturer’s instructions. In Ontario, no worker shall operate a lifting device, mobile equipment, vehicle or powered machine, tool or equipment, unless he or she is competent to do so. As a competent operator you must also be aware of the legislation that applies to the use of lift trucks. 

All three ministry sector regulations (Mining and Mining Plants, Construction Projects, and Industrial Establishments) have provisions that deal with forklifts. By far the greatest numbers are covered by the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act ) Industrial Establishments Reg 851. 

1.1 Lifting Device – Clause 51(1)(a) of Regulation 851 requires a lifting device to be constructed and equipped in a way to adequately ensure the safety of all workers. These provisions should be interpreted as requiring the regular inspection and maintenance of powered lift trucks to ensure their safety. The regular inspection should cover the points listed in Appendix IV

1.2 Employers – Clause 25(2)(h) is the most general duty of all, requiring an employer to “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker”. Subsections 51(1) and (2) of Regulation 851 are more specific, with provisions that apply to a “lifting device”, defined as, a device that is used to raise or lower any material or object and includes its rails and other supports but does not include a device to which the Elevating Devices Act applies. This definition clearly applies to powered lift trucks and should be interpreted broadly as including not just the elevating section of a truck but the entire vehicle.

1.3 Employees – The examination to determine lifting capacity [clause 51(1)(b)] is to be carried out by a “competent person”. To be competent, this person must be able to ensure that a powered lift truck is capable of lifting its maximum rated load. The training and experience required to be considered a competent person for the purpose of clause 51(1)(b) is outlined in Section 4 of this Guideline.


Health and Safety Program


2. Key Elements of a Health and Safety Program for Forklifts

A wide variety of accidents are caused by collisions, shifting loads, tip-overs from lack of an effective safety programs. Workplaces need to keep safety in mind and provide workers and supervisors with adequate training, as well as a safe powered lift truck. The development and implementation of these programs  are the first steps towards improving a safe work environment.

Better training for forklift operators is the way, because as a forklift operator you are responsible for accidents. An effective solution is the forklift operator and supervisors should be trained in a powered lift truck safety program that includes the following elements:

  • hazard identification
  • training (of both truck operators and those working near lift trucks)
  • supervision
  • operating procedures
  • maintenance and repair procedures
  • facility design
  • lift truck selection criteria.

Your employer is responsible for the implementation of these programs and it is more effective if all workplace employees are involved. Your health and safety committee, where there is one, is involved in the development of rules, monitoring lift truck safety improvements and preventing injuries by identifying the causes of accidents and near misses. 


3. Forklift Hazards – Safety

Forklift hazards and control measures are important to consider in order to achieve a safe workplace. A hazard is a condition, practice or substance that has the potential for causing loss, injury, or harm to life, health or property.  As an operator you are responsible for recognizing hazards and hazardous situations during the operation of a lift truck. It is essential that you recognize hazards during the planning of your lift, and that you identify required controls. A hazard can be categorized as a health or safety hazard.

How to reduce forklift accidents Forklift Loading Accident


Clause 25(2)(d) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires an employer to make a worker aware of any hazards in the workplace. An employer must identify all hazards associated with the lift truck and must take measures and procedures to prevent accidents. Identification processes should involve both workers and supervisors and include the following steps:

  • Step 1: Identify the ways in which a worker who operates or works around a powered lift truck could be harmed or injured, taking into consideration the equipment that will be used, the jobs to be done and the workplace environment.
  • Step 2: Prepare a written report that mentions all the potential sources of harm or injury identified in step one above. This report can be used to inform workers about the hazards in their work (as required by clause 25(2)(d) of the OHSA).
  • Step 3: Periodically review the hazard assessment in case there is a significant change in how the work is carried out and make appropriate changes to the written report if necessary.

If you as a worker have any concerns that your workplace does not have enough expertise, advice should be sought from your health and safety committee or other safety specialists. Please feel free to contact our safety specialist if you need further advice.


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4. Worker Training

OHSA Clause 25(2)(a) places an obligation on an employer to provide information, instruction, and supervision to a worker to protect the health or safety of the worker. A lifting device can only be operated by a competent person, therefore training must be provided to gain knowledge and experience. They require both knowledge of any potential or actual danger to health or safety in the workplace and experience to organize the work and its performance.  Through training an operator should learn:

  • the fundamentals of powered lift trucks
  • how environmental conditions affect lift truck performance
  • basic lift truck operating skills
  • the rules and practices for safe lift truck operation.

Your training should include practice sessions on load handling, maneuvering, traveling, stopping, and starting and it should be carried out by a qualified trainer. In addition to forklift operator training, the employer is also responsible for workers who work in the vicinity of lift truck. There are other worker training courses that can provide a safer workplace for workers such as pedestrian awareness, WHMIS, Propane exchange handling, lockout tagout and battery training.


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5. Management and Supervisor Responsibility

Each year, thousands of injuries that occur during forklift usage are caused by lack of training or supervision. One of the best ways to avoid injury, is for the employer to ensure all their workers who use, supervise, or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate and up to date training. Many supervisors or managers have never driven a forklift themselves, so it can be difficult for them to fully understand and be aware of the specific issues that operators face. Supervisors are not required to undergo operator training, but it would be wise to take the course making it easier to identify good or bad practices.

OHSA Clause 25(2)(c) states that an employer must appoint a competent person as a supervisor. This means someone who, through training and experience, knows the hazards of the lift truck that is being used, the load being handled and the environment the truck is being used in. Identifying unsafe acts and conditions and implementing corrective measures must be identified by a competent supervisor.  It is everyone’s duty to identify all hazardous situations and report or correct them immediately.

A typical managers’ and supervisors’ course will cover the following topics:

  • Identify the importance of the supervisor’s role
  • Discuss the duties and responsibilities of the employer, worker, and supervisor
  • Discuss the role of the health and safety representative and the Joint Health and Safety Committee member
  • Recognize the importance of working as a team
  • Identify how the supervisor fits into the Internal Responsibility System
  • Explain the role of the WSIB and Ministry of Labour
  • Support the rights of workers
  • Explain how to recognize, assess, control, and evaluate hazards
  • Handle health and safety concerns
  • Recognize how to obtain health and safety assistance
  • Identify health and safety resources
  • Motivate employees to work safely

Expectations placed on supervisors should always be high to ensure the proper safety precautions are being taken in the workplace. Their role is to monitor and ensure standards are maintained.


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6. Safe Operating Procedures

Employers now have a tool for ensuring safe lift truck operation procedures, Canadian Standards Association CSA B335-15 Safety standard for lift trucks which includes operator training, qualifications for trainers,work loads, workplace design, safety education and maintenance and inspection. The purpose of this standard is to promote lift truck safety and minimize the risk of injury to all workers.This Standard can also be used as a guide for Canadian federal, provincial, and other regulatory bodies in the development and promulgation of appropriate health and safety legislation and directives concerning lift trucks. This Standard also outlines recommended qualifications for trainers and maintenance technicians.

Workers, Operators, Supervisors, and managers need to recognize hazards associated with the equipment and the environment they are used in because forklift accidents are preventable and unacceptable.

Key essential elements of a lift truck safety program consist of:

  • Explaining competency requirements
  • Identifying hazards
  • Discussing stability principles
  • Performing pre-operational checks
  • Following safe operating procedures
  • Identifying different fuel sources and hazards associated with them

Safety awareness, comprehensive knowledge, and decision-making skills that ultimately result in improved safety and productivity are all essential for operating industrial trucks. A serious workplace injury or death changes lives forever – for families, friends, communities, and coworkers too


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7. Maintenance

The employer is responsible, as owner of the equipment, to ensure periodic examination of powered lift trucks to confirm their safety and load-handling capability are carried out as outlined in the  Occupational Health and Safety Act OHSA, Regulation 851 and the MOL Ministry of Labour. The way to fulfill this responsibility is to establish procedures for the regular inspection and repair of lift trucks at the workplace.

To catch most of the issues before they become a safety hazard can be done with a regular maintenance schedule and a daily pre-shift inspection. There is still a possibility that some issues go unnoticed, that is why the OHSA mandates that every forklift undergo an annual safety inspection, no matter the usage and/or maintenance schedule. A thorough inspection must be performed by a competent forklift mechanic Section 51(1)(b) of Regulation 851 . Under more strenuous conditions like a workplace with 2 or 3 shifts or workplaces with harsh environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures or corrosive environments, it is suggested that an inspection be done more frequently.

A pre-shift operator inspection should be done by a competent operator who knows not only how to operate the particular class of truck but be aware of hazards associated with the truck clause 51(2)(a) of Regulation 851).

A “competent” operator should understand:

  • the sections of the OHSA and regulations applicable to the work
  • the hazards associated with the work, including the principles of operation and features of the lift truck, workplace conditions and environment, and activities that pose actual or potential dangers to health and safety in the workplace
  • the manufacturer’s specifications as they relate to the safe operation and load handling for the class or type of truck that is to be operated
  • the workplace-specific procedures and practices that have been established for ensuring worker safety.

A permanent record detailing the inspection must be kept on file. For assistance with your forklift inspections, service or planned maintenance, contact Wayco Multi-Lift Inc today!


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8. Facility Designs

A good workplace design plays a big role in reducing workplace stress or  injuries, whether it is a construction, logistics, retail or industrial site.  A well-organized and fully functional workplace layout creates a safer place for forklift operators and for the pedestrians. You may think it costs a lot of time and money, but you don’t need a major overhaul, you simply can maximize what you already have. It’s all about changing the way people work. These are just a few ideas to help managers design and operate their warehouses at higher levels of safety and efficiency.

  • Create designated pedestrian lanes with marking signs, barriers and railings
  • Corners can be blind spots; make sure they are well lit, install mirrors and safety warning signs
  • Aisles should be clear of obstructions and appropriately marked wherever mechanical handling equipment is used.
  • Coordinating sign colors & shapes, just like traffic signs, will also help workers and guests easily understand the risks
  • Make sure all equipment has its own clearly marked location, including forklift truck parking & battery charging stations.
  • Large receiving area so you can perform safely and efficiently.
  • Be sure racking is installed properly to guard against collisions or damage
  • Control the speed the forklift can travel with speed limit signs

A better warehouse layout will mean a safer work environment. One of the best ways to keep pedestrians safe is proper planning when it comes to facility layout. Be sure to train workers and operators to respect and abide by signage and traffic markings. By maximizing your warehouse layout for pedestrian safety and providing training for both operators and non-operators, you help prevent this disaster from occurring. No matter what your storage and operations requirements are, it’s important to ensure that your warehouse design is MOL compliant.


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9. Preventing Accidents

When most people think of workplace accidents, they often automatically associate them with high-risk industries, such as construction or manufacturing. But the truth is that workplace injuries are the direct result of not following safety precautions. Workers and employers may not pay as close attention as they should because they are in a rush to compete deadlines. Don’t take shortcuts; put workplace safety at the forefront. The best way to protect your employees and help prevent accident and injuries in your workplace is to take a complete approach to workplace safety. Through this whole blog we have discussed what steps and roles every worker needs to take to reduce and prevent accidents. Below are a few more general safety suggestions to successfully prevent accidents in the workplace:

  • Put formal safety policies and procedures in place
  • Put someone in charge of safety in your company
  • Communicate your expectations for a safe work environment
  • Inspect your facility and equipment regularly with your supervisor

  • Schedule regular training for all scenarios that pose a risk for accidents
  • Create incident reports after each workplace accident

The best way to reduce accidents in the workplace is to be prepared and be proactive with prevention. The main purpose of the OHSA is to protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job. If you believe at any time your work is unsafe or dangerous you have the right to refuse work. You should advise your supervisor and stay in a safe place until the issue is resolved. As an employer to be proactive in preventing accidents, you should ensure everyone feels comfortable bringing safety hazards to their supervisor’s attention. The more feed back you get, the more preventive steps can be taken to stop unnecessary accidents.

Open and respectful communication is a key weapon in accident prevention. It’s impossible to prevent accidents completely but if you reduce hazards as much as possible and train employees about the risks, they you have gone a long way toward prevention!


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Wayco: Your Forklift Training and Safety Experts

If you require forklift training for yourself or your staff, contact WaycoAt Wayco we can advise you on all safety requirements for forklift operation and provide you with the training that you need. Our knowledgeable staff will be  be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.


Google Review ~ Exceptional quality and service. Left the training class with more than I expected. Looking forward to being a repeat customer. ~ Kevin Brown



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Komatsu Forklifts: 3 Things You Need to Know

Komatsu Forklifts


Komatsu forklifts have gained a well-earned reputation as one of the best forklifts for design innovation and manufacturing excellence. Komatsu produces one of the highest quality lift trucks you can find. If you are in the market for a forklift, but are not sure which type will best suit your particular requirements, contact the forklift experts at Wayco today.


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1. A Brief History of Komatsu Forklifts

Komatsu ForkliftsKomatsu was established in 1921. It was named after the Japanese city of  “Komatsu” which translates into English as “little pine tree.” According to a legend, monk-emperor Kazan planted a pine sapling and the area where it grew came to be called “sono no komatsubara” (small-pine field with gardens).  Since then this name has been shorted to “Komatsu”. The first symbol chosen to represent Komatsu was small pine tree. The pine tree remained their symbol until the late nineteen-nineties when the company made a major change and adopted the current lettering: a unique variation of the letter “T”. 


Komatsu symbol

Today the new logo reflects the Komatsu image of reliability, stability and strength. Its vivid blue design and colour symbolizes a bold corporate character and demonstrates that Komatsu Forklifts is a leader in technological innovation.


In the 1960’s in the United States, Komatsu started marketing its products and by 1970 a North American operation was established with a fresh vision for the industry. Their goal was to be more than just a supplier, but to become a trusted partner that could provide ongoing support for every customer. Today, Komatsu America is the second-largest, fully-integrated manufacturer and supplier of forklift equipment in North America with a reputation for reliability that’s second to none.

Komatsu builds many units in the United States and has established a network of manufacturing plants and parts. Komatsu manufactures more than forklifts. Their product line includes intelligent machine control, hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, crawler dozers, off-highway trucks, and motor graders


2. Types of Komatsu Forklifts

By using the know-how gained from years of experience in the production of industrial vehicles and the latest technology, Komatsu markets a variety of lift trucks, including small to large-sized engine-powered lift trucks, battery-powered lift trucks, and HST drive lift trucks. With this wide selection of vehicles, Komatsu can meet your diversified needs. 



BX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift BX50

IC Cushion Komatsu Forklift 
4,000lbs / 5,000lbs / 6,000lbs / 6,500lbs Capacity
LPG Power Type

The BX50 series is the heart of the Komatsu line. Whether you require a forklift that is able to be extremely agile and flexible and has cushion tires for working indoors or you require a more powerful, pneumatic model for outdoor applications, the BX50 will certainly be able to meet your needs. The BX50 has superior performance capabilities that can help to reduce operator fatigue, minimize operating costs, improve your working environment, and boost your bottom line.

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AX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift AX50


IC Pneumatic Komatsu Forklift 
3,000lbs / 3,500lbs  Capacity
LPG Power Type

Komatsu’s AX50 has a great design covering even the smallest detail. Komatsu has drawn on it 80 years of engineering expertise to make this model one that delivers improved performance and unmatched strength for even your most demanding jobs. It uses advanced Clean Air Technology in order to bring emissions to well below regulations. This will give you and your employees a much more pleasant and productive working environment.



CX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift CX50



FH Series

Komatsu Forklift FH series

IC Pneumatic Komatsu Forklift 
8,000lbs / 9,000lbs / 10,000lbs / 11,000lbs Capacity
Diesel Power Type

The FH series with its hydrostatic drive system, standard wet disc brakes, and Closed-center Load Sensing Hydraulic System (CLSS) will give you lower maintenance and operation costs. This diesel power hydrostatic drive family gets its durability and lower costs from its field proven components and rugged design. It can lower your cost of operation in a number of demanding, high-cycle operation.


DX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift DX50


IC Pneumatic Komatsu Forklift 
15,400lbs / 18,000lbs Capacity
Diesel Power Type

If you are looking for a lift truck with a rugged and dependable life cycle cost benefit then consider Komatsu’s DX50 with its diesel engine, drive-train adn wet disc brake system. It also comes equipped with a full suspension seat and dual-floating structure to give your operators a comfortable ride. With this model you should use less fuel and have lower total operating costs because of its unique Open-center Load Moderating Hydraulic System (OLMS).



EX50 Series

Komatsu Forklift EX50


IC Pneumatic Komatsu Forklift 
22,000lbs / 25,000lbs  / 30,000lbs  / 35,000lbs Capacity
Diesel Power Type

The EX50 engine is designed with all of the know-how and expert design construction that Komatsu is famous for. It will give you better fuel efficiency, maximum productivity and you will enjoy lower operating costs. Even in the toughest of work environments, its wet disc brake system will provide you with increased durability and performance. It has excellent visibility, superb driver comfort and it’s easy to operate. All these features are there to ensure greater productivity and efficiency.





AM50 Series

Komatsu Forklift AE50



Electric Riders 48 volt
3,000lbs / 3,500lbs  / 4,000lbs Capacity
Cushion / Pneumatic Tire 

If you are looking for significant total operating cost reductions, consider Komatsu’s electric counterbalanced forklifts. These models are designed to improve truck performance and productivity. The AE50 and AM50 Series of three and four-wheel electric cushion and pneumatic tire forklifts truly demonstrate Komatsu’s commitment to giving you what you need while conserving the environment and reducing your total cost of ownership.


BBX50 Series


Komatsu Forklift BBX50


Electric Riders 36/48 volt
4,000lbs / 5,000lbs  / 6,000lbs / 6,500lbs Capacity

Komatsu’s BBX50 has an extended model range and optional packages to meet your business’s particular needs. If you are looking for more power, control, capacity and run time while reducing emissions and maintenance costs, take  a look at the BBX50. This machine will accelerate your productivity from Total AC power traction and hydraulic systems. No matter how many loads you have to move, you can trust a Komatsu truck to get the job done.


FR50 Series


Komatsu forklift FR series



Narrow Aisle 36 volt
3,000lbs / 3,500lbs  / 4,500lbs Capacity
Single / Double Reach 

If you need a lift truck to maneuver in narrow aisles, then the FR Series is a great choice. Its new and innovative engineering will give you  smooth and efficient control of critical truck functions while also providing the extended run times and improved truck efficiencies to make your job easier. It is designed with a heavy-duty mast and pantograph mechanism which makes it able to handle the toughest work cycles possible.


3. How Komatsu Forklifts Stack up Against the Competition

When it comes to forklifts, Komatsu forklifts are “Better than the Best!” This is because they:

  • Are Designed Better: Komatsu forklifts are designed using heavy equipment expertise to provide durable and dependable performance throughout their lifetime.
  • Have Lower Costs of Operation: They provide their customers with greater value through lower costs of operation, day-after-day. 
  • Are Committed to Quality and Reliability: By upholding “Quality and Reliability” as the most important management policy, Komatsu is resolutely committed to providing safe, innovative products and services that best meet the needs and expectations of its customers around the world.
  • Are Built Better: At Komatsu Forklift their trucks are built better, are made to last, and they feature excellent ergonomic features.
  • Are Backed Better: They also back them better than the competition by offering Advantage Extended Coverage. Komatsu has always held their customer’s satisfaction as top priority. 

For a more in-depth look into how Komatsu forklifts compare to the competition, check out our article “Komatsu Forklift vs Competition.

Wayco: For High Quality Komatsu Forklifts in Kitchener

If you are in the market for a top quality forklift with longer run times and lower total operating costs, contact WaycoAt Wayco we sell the best forklifts you can buy including Komatsu. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

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Top 5 forklift safety videos

Top 5 forklift safety videos


Forklift Safety

Forklift safety prevents immediate dangers to yourself and other employees working in your area. Drivers who operate forklifts with proper forklift training will prevent, or even reduce accidents from happening on the job site. Get in touch with us today and start reducing your accidents at the workplace. These top 5 videos will show forklift operators how to remain safe on the job.


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1. Forklifts Are Not Toys

Find out the difference between driving a forklift and a car

Creator: American Lift Equipment

As you can see from the above video, forklifts are not toys. When used safely, they save you time and make your job much easier. The number one priority for forklift safety is to be aware of your surroundings.  Imagine how much more work would have to be done if we didn’t have forklifts. Forklifts are powerful tools but you must be trained and authorized before you begin to use one and once you begin driving you should follow all the safety rules and procedures. The above video goes over some basic rules that every forklift operator needs to know. You will find out that the forklift steering is not the same as car steering. The stability of a forklift is also quite different from a car. The video also makes several good points you may not be aware of which could save you from getting pinned under the forklift. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) standards require every forklift operator to be a competent person. Your employer, your co-workers and your family want you to finish every shift safely. Please contact us today and get your proper training!


2. Let’s See A Show of Hands

Learn how to prevent forklift accidents

Creator:Mentor FLT Training Ltd

An easy way to improve forklift safety is with forklift operator communication as demonstrated in this video entitled “Show Your Hand!”  When the forklift operator shows their hand it will reduce the risk of accidents or serious injuries. Pedestrians are at the highest risk for serious injury; 57% of people injured in accidents involving forklifts are pedestrians. Forklift accidents in the workplace happen because of a lack of forklift operator communication, So how do we limit the risk? With an effective forklift safety method called “Show Your Hands”. When the forklift driver sees any pedestrian they should hold up their hand in a stop motion. The pedestrian should look out for hand signals; if they see the hand signal they are too close. Forklifts are so heavy and powerful that even the smallest bump from a forklift can send a pedestrian flying. Take responsibility for your own safety and for the pedestrians around you today.


3. What’s Wrong With This?

Can you pick out the forklift safety mistakes?

Creator: Industrial Container Services

This video shows some common mistakes to avoid when operating a forklift. Your job is to carefully watch this video and point out where the forklift operator made mistakes. If you miss a mistake or an infraction, make sure you remember it and apply it to your day-to-day work.  Every forklift driver will make a mistake at some point. Just as even the most careful road user will have a bump at some point in their driving life. Even the most experienced forklift operators will make common and routine mistakes.

Forklift operators must take their jobs seriously. Forklift operators drive around forklifts moving materials in busy areas including storage yards, factories, and warehouses.There are often other operators, pedestrians, and co-workers within close vicinity of an operating forklift. They need to beware of safety procedures too and the possible danger of being around a forklift, in order to prevent serious injuries — and even death. Let us also remind you that is it required by OSHA that ALL operators of forklifts be properly trained.


4. Safety Starts With You!

Observe the safety rules that could keep your work environment safe

Creator:   Safety Memos
This video tells us that safety starts with you. It goes through 8 important rules to follow when operating a forklift in the workplace. Every year 11% of forklift injuries are caused by accidents that could have been prevented if the simple safety rules would have been followed. The video addresses the following rules:
  • make a daily inspection
  • wear seat belts
  • watch out for pedestrians,
  • keep people away
  • slow down
  • adjust your driving according to the driving surface
  • follow the rules of a raised load
  • beware of your center of gravity

Also mentioned is “distraction”, which is risky behavior.  When you’re distracted you’re not paying full attention to your task.  Many forklift operators do not recognize this as an obvious hazard. Recognizing hazards will reduce serious injuries or even death.


5. Ontario Inspects Forklifts For Safety

Learn how to be prepared for your next visit by the Ontario Forklift Inspector

Created: ONgov

Ontario MOL (Ministry of Labour) inspectors will come to your workplace to ensure that all forklift operators have been trained and educated. The role of the inspector is to conduct inspections and investigations and to make sure the employers are complying with their responsibilities. In the video the inspector talks about what she looks for during a forklift inspection. Not only are they inspecting for compliance but also to work with employers and workers to educate them about best practices in workplace safety. Specific hazards, health, and safety in your workplace are discussed with the inspector. They believe that all forklift accidents are preventable and with safe operation, proper measures and procedures and good equipment there is no reason to have a forklift incident in your workplace.



In summary, forklift safety is a serious matter. Forklift accidents which result in the loss of life, significant personal injuries, and damage to products and property can be prevented with the proper training and adherence to the rules. Contact us to learn how to operate a forklift and other powered industrial trucks safely. It may save your life.


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Top 10 Forklift Safety Tips

Forklift Safety

Forklift safety should be the number one priority in a workplace. Each year, more than one-third of the deaths attributed to forklifts are pedestrians. Roughly 100 deaths per year are caused by forklifts, 36% are pedestrians, 16% are crushed by the forklift, 20% struck by the forklift and the rest are all other accidents. Other forklift accidents lead to significant damage and injuries; and many are totally avoidable. To start your safe forklift operation, Contact us today!

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 OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulates forklift use. Simple things like the proper use of forklift marking signs and forklift marking tape to designate forklift crossings can even save lives. The following 10 forklift safety tips will help you reduce accidents and help those you work with stay safe.


Top 10 Forklift Safety Tips


When it comes to forklift safety in your workplace, you have to be proactive and always determine ways to mitigate risks. In this video there are 10  basic effective tips to improve health and safety in your warehouse and to keep your workers safe. Most injuries or accidents are avoidable. 



Here are our top ten forklift safety tips. Click on the links below to find out more about each tip.


  1. Inspect Your Forklift
  2. Warn and Protect Pedestrians
  3. Move Slow
  4. Keep Your Forks Low
  5. Move Your Load Low
  6. If You Can’t See, Drive Backwards
  7. Secure Your Forklift Load
  8. Keep People off Load and Forks
  9. Study the Manual
  10. Forklifts and Drugs or Booze Don’t Mix


1. Inspect Your Forklift


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Daily inspection of your forklift is always the first safety tip that is a “must do”.  A forklift undergoes immense amounts of stress, for this reason OSHA 1910.178(q)(7)  mandates that every forklift and lift truck undergo a in-depth daily inspection before every shift. When you operate a forklift, you are taking responsibility for machinery and you must look for anything that is out of the ordinary, such as:

  • forks are not bent
  • no fluid drips
  • hoses are secure
  • no damaged overhead guard
  • seat belt works
  • tire wear or damage
  • floor clear of objects
  • fire extinguisher is present
  • loose or broken wires

By performing these daily inspections, it allows you to find defects and prevent accidents. A good rule when doing the visual inspection is to use some of your senses. Listen for strange noises, Smell for smoke and Look for defects and anything unusual.


2. Warn and Protect Pedestrians


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Workplace safety requires some thinking ahead and providing a forklift safety system for pedestrians, forklift operators and visitors. Forklift safety protocol is a powerful way to protect your people. It can include safety measures from creating pedestrian lanes using marking tape and warnings signs, to installing guards to block sensitive areas to protect against the chance of impact. Eliminate the risk of injury or death and create a safe workplace with the items below:

  • Signs and markings
  • Warning lights
  • Guards, rails
  • Lighting
  • Mirrors
  • Parking Zone
  • Loading Dock Safety
  • Speed Bumps
  • PPE Kit

The blue warning forklift light is a bright blue circle of light on the floor warns workers of an approaching vehicle. Pedestrians may not see or hear industrial traffic. In this video it will show you how the blue safety light can save a pedestrian so they can go home to their family.


Companies should care about all employees because pedestrian accidents are among the leading causes of injury and death in a warehouse. Where forklifts work, pedestrians are at risk. Creating a safe forklift system in your warehouse will make minor warehouse hazards a thing of the past.


3. Move Slow


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Go slowly and be careful on lift trucks; it will give you time to react without causing a catastrophe. It is not easy to tell a forklift driver to slow down, but you must find a way to implement the practice of not driving faster than a walk. Post clearly marked forklift speed limit signs in and around the facility where the forklifts usually pass. Forklift operators need to use judgement based upon the specific load, traffic conditions, and other variables. The operator may need to go slower than the limit established to perform efficiently and safely. Basically it’s the same thing we do in our cars every day ( well, some of us). There is new technology that has a speed sensor that can govern the speed of the engine. If owners and management would instill the same fear as getting caught speeding, not wearing seat belts or smoking in a workplace with the same consequences, they could control how fast forklift operators drive making the workplace safer. Watch this video for more to learn that traffic management and exclusion zones are for everyone’s safety Moving around safely during loading and unloading.


4. Keep Your Forks Low


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When driving a forklift typically in a warehouse the forks should be above the ground at a height of 6 to 8 inches, approximately the same height that will go through a wooden pallet. If you scrape the floor surface, your forks are too low. When you reach an incline or slope it can be dangerous, that is why when traveling on a slope, drive the forklift in reverse. Even if there is no load, keep the forks as low as possible. If you have an accident involving a person and your forks are low, the person’s legs will most likely be injured, but if the forks are high you could spear someone’s abdomen or chest and kill them. Also knowing your path of travel can give you an insight into how high your forks should be.

When parking your forklift, leave the forks on the ground level, tilted forward so they are not raised at all. Forks on the ground are a trip hazard, however you get a chance to lift your foot as you trip to recover your balance. Reducing accidents but whats more important is reducing the severity of injuries when accidents do happen.


5. Move Your Load Low


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To handle a load safely you must remember that forklifts are top-heavy, therefore you need to carry the load low and tilted back against the backrest. By doing this, you move the center of gravity towards the rear of forklift making it more secure when driving. If the load is too high it wobbles more and there is a higher risk the forklift could flip, injuring or killing the operator as well as damaging the load. Keep the load low.

Do not raise forks when driving. The operator’s view will be obstructed and more likely to cause a serious accident. Forklifts should be at the required height, enough to clear the terrain, but not too high to hit something or someone. Spread the forks as wide as possible for even distribution and load stability. Always ensure the forks face uphill when traveling up or down slopes with a load. It is a good practice to put the fork arms just below the front axle of the forklift and it should be as close to the ground as possible.


6. If You Can’t See, Drive Backwards


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If you can’t see what’s in front of you, avoid the temptation to raise your load above line of site. Again, when a load is high, you risk forklift tip over. The proper thing to do is go in reverse with the load low and keeping an eye to the sides and front. You don’t want to hit anything with your forks or the pallet. Good visibility sets up a driver to make better decisions and operate their forklift safely around pedestrians, storage racks, and machinery. Frazzled or distracted drivers whose sight is impaired will have accidents.

There are few other options if your visibility is poor:

  • do not continue driving, get a lockout helper to assist you
  • add a back up camera system that helps drivers see where their eyes can not.

If you chose to drive a forklift with an obstructed view, it could land you a five day suspension as shown in the story below.


7. Secure Your Forklift Load

If you work with forklifts, selecting the right equipment to lift and transport loads will keep your people safe. Watch this video for simple steps to handle loads safely. Unstable loads, unloading and loading improperly, and operating at inappropriately high speeds can cause serious injuries.


Don’t try to pick up a load unless it has been secured by wrapping or banding. The load should be correctly stacked and positioned across both forks to prevent the load from falling off the forklift. Ensure the load is as centered as possible on the forklift and distribute the heaviest part of the load nearest the front wheels of the forklift. A wrapped or strapped single load is much easier to control than lots of boxes each falling in every direction.

You might have more difficulty than usual if you are moving something that is an unsymmetrical shape, it can be more challenging. Distribute the weight evenly when carrying irregular sized loads. You must take extra care when moving objects that are prone to toppling. You should also not use damaged, decayed, or deformed pallets and skids. Remember, falling loads can cause injury and damage.


8. Keep People Off Your Load and Forks


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You’ve probably seen it before – people standing on the forks raising them in the air.  Don’t do it. Using your forks for anything other than what they’re made for can cause serious damage. You cannot anticipate what people will do, those forks could kill someone if you accidentally move them. Do not carry a passenger unless the forklift is designed to carry more than one person which means it has an additional seat, footrest, and seat belt. Standing, working or walking under the raised forks should also not be allowed. You could kill a person or break their neck if you lower your load or the forks onto them.

Forklifts are designed for carrying loads only. There is no excuse for not observing simple safety practices. Raising people on forks is extremely risky and dangerous. Incorrect safety procedures can have a serious impact on lives, families, and businesses. The workplace should have a zero tolerance approach to the unsafe use of forklifts – one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment found at a workplace. You as a forklift operator are responsible.


9. Study the Manual


Forklift Safety


Working safely should be at the top of your list so read, study and keep the forklift operator manual with the lift truck at all times. The manual information is vital and must be clearly understood by the operator.  Whenever a question arises regarding your lift truck, the manual will be handy. Hitting a wrong switch at the wrong moment could lead to tragedy. You and others around you can be seriously injured or even killed if you don’t know how to use the forklift correctly. Every manual is specific to each forklift and can not be interchanged. The forklift manual contains basic rules for the safe operation and manufacturers recommended operating procedures. It helps you observe all warning plates, decals, and how to use the forklift safely. Learning the safe way to operate a forklift may save your life. 


10. Forklifts and Drugs or Alcohol Don’t Mix


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You don’t want to be in the path of someone who’s operating a forklift while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Drinking, drugs, and working don’t mix. A forklift is already difficult enough to operate when sober. There are many dangers that come with mixing two or more drugs. Whether they are prescription, over-the-counter, alcohol or street drugs, it reduces your ability of operating a forklift. Side effects of drugs include drowsiness, fatigue, stress and altering one’s judgement which may cause a serious or deadly accident.

Now that our society is changing with the new legalization of marijuana, we are facing a bigger risk for forklift accidents to happen unnecessarily. As it comes close to legalizing marijuana, whether for medical or recreational use, employers are challenged with adapting their policies and programs. Employers will need to make their company’s position very clear about alcohol and drugs and what course of action will be taken if the policy is not followed.  Either they will need to educate their workers on a regular basis throughout the year or they will need to implement drug testing. According to a recent survey, about 10% of Canadian worksites and 18% of BC worksites with 100 or more employees have drug testing programs. These programs are much more common in the United States, where legislation in the 1980s made drug testing more widespread in all types of companies. In Canada, drug testing is primarily conducted in situations where safety is a concern. 

Driving a forklift under any influence of drugs or alcohol affects productivity, absenteeism and can cause serious injuries or death, not only for the driver but for all other workers and visitors. Forklifts and drugs or alcohol don’t mix and can have unpredictable and unwanted consequences.

OSHA Safety Signs

Did you know that OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, requires specific ANSI labeling in the workplace? In fact there’s a long list of labels and signs that industrial employers are required to display to help protect workers from hazards as shown in this video.


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The Importance of Daily Forklift Operator Checks


Forklift Operator


The purpose of daily forklift operator checks is to evaluate whether the forklift operator is conducting their business in a safe way. If you, as a forklift operator, do not take responsibility, to correctly maintain and keep your forklift in a serviceable condition, there is potential to cause accidents, injury or even death. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requires that forklift vehicles have to be inspected at least daily, or after each shift when they have been used around the clock. This inspection helps contribute to a safer working environment and prevent costly lift truck repairs. Contact us for your forklift training to learn all the key factors before and after operating a forklift. 

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The Importance of Daily Forklift Operator Checks

A forklift can become a dangerous thing in a workplace for workers, visitors and the people around it. There are lots of things you can do to prevent injuries, such as risk assessments, ongoing operator monitoring, reporting incidents and high-quality training. However, there is one precaution in particular that you should pay close attention to and is the practice of daily checks. These pre-inspections are very important as they can identify small problems and stop them becoming bigger problems. There are a number of benefits of doing a pre-inspection check; it can reduce your costs, increase uptime, and improve battery life. 


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When forklift drivers fail to inspect their forklifts prior to use, accidents like this can happen. A 43 year-old man was killed while using a forklift to unload steel tubing from a flatbed trailer. Turning the forklift behind the trailer, the forklift began to turn over on its side. The driver jumped from the seat toward the driveway where his head and neck were ultimately pinned under the forklift’s overhead guard. An inspection revealed slack in the steering mechanism that required the driver to turn the steering wheel more than half a revolution before the wheels started to turn and a damaged right-side rear axle stop that didn’t restrict lateral sway as the forklift turned. Tragically, this forklift was not equipped with a seat belt.

A well-maintained forklift is crucial to prevent accidents and you should be reminded about the importance of pre-use inspections.


Before Starting the Forklift


forklift operator


What specifically are forklift operators to check for?  At the beginning of a shift, or just prior to use, a operator must perform 2 checks (a) visual check and (b) operational check. Regardless of how often the lifting equipment is used or how it is performing, the inspection still needs to be done. Forklifts must be kept safe and fit for every operator because it saves lives, prevents injury, and protects equipment and inventory from expensive damage. Employers should take steps to ensure that inspections are not overlooked and that operators are trained and competent to inspect the equipment. Here are seven key considerations for you to look out for when tackling to improve safety with pre-shift forklift inspections.

  1. Keep it simple –  Forklift operators need to know how to check the general working parts of the truck for signs of damage or wear.
  2. Check every time – If  anything has gone wrong from the previous day or shift, check all faults have been rectified.
  3. Understand the law –   If you do not carry out a pre-use inspection, you are breaking the law by failing your duty of care for yourself and to others.
  4. Be specific – a specific pre-shift sheet should be used for every type of truck and cover all the major parts that should be checked.
  5. Manage and supervise – It is vitally important that managers and supervisors understand pre-use checks themselves in order to assess whether the correct procedures are being followed.
  6. Provide training – Suitable training should be provided to ensure operators have these essential skills.
  7. Stay safe – Remember the basic skills and operate the forklift safely, even when doing a pre-use check.

Forklift pre-shift inspections only take a few minutes to ensure your safety, the safety of the people around you and the safety of your forklift.


Here Is What an Operator Should Look for Carrying Out Their Visual Daily (Circle) Checks:



Forklift Operator



The first and most important rule to follow with forklifts is – get trained! Having a daily inspection checklist as part of your routine will create a safer workplace and will save you money. A forklift operator should run through the entirety of this checklist and log their data; this will reduce the guesswork of what the forklift is ready to do. It can also reduce expenses through avoidable repairs.

The best way to start your inspection is to approach it from top down, beginning with the overhead guard. Ge into the same routine as this will provide you with a sense of structure and familiarity. 

What should an operator inspect during the visual pre-use check?

  • General condition and cleanliness – should be free of lint, excess oil, and grease
  • Floor – clear of objects that could cause an accident.
  • Overhead – no obstructions—interfering with safe forklift usage.
  • Nearby objects to avoid as you drive away.
  • Fire extinguisher – present and charged.
  • Engine oil level, fuel level, radiator water level (LPG, gas and diesel forklifts) are good.
  • Battery – fully charged; no exposed wires; plug connections not loose, worn or dirty; vent caps not clogged; electrolyte levels in cells is adequate, and is secured in place by hold downs or brackets.
  • Bolts, nuts, guards, chains, or hydraulic hose reels are not damaged, missing or loose.
  • Wheels and tires – check for wear, damage, and air pressure, if pneumatic tires.
  • Forks – forks not bent; no cracks present; positioning latches in good working condition; carriage teeth not broken, chipped or worn.
  • Chain anchor pins – not worn, loose or bent.
  • Fluid leaks – no damp spots or drips.
  • Hoses – held securely; not loose, crimped, worn or rubbing.
  • Horn – working and loud enough to be heard in the working environment; other warning devices operational.
  • Seat belt and/or operator restraint device (if equipped) – belts and restraints work properly; no visible wear or damage; anchors, buckles, etc. function properly.
  • Overhead guard – no damaged areas.

Every forklift is different with different parts and therefore they need to be checked during a walk around inspection. The operator should refer to the Operation & Maintenance manual for diagrams and information on the particular forklift that is being inspected. Use your senses of sound, sight, smell and touch. Ask us about our pre-shift checklist. 

Here Is What an Operator Should Look for Carrying Out Their Visual Daily (Circle) Checks


What an Operator Needs to Check During the Pre-start Operational Check:


Forklift Operator Inspection



When it comes to operating a forklift that can handle tons of loads, you need to prevent mechanical or operational failures by conducting a physical operational check . Maintaining a safe workplace is key to business success. After completing the pre-operation inspection, operators should conduct an operational inspection with the engine running. The forklift can be placed into service once it has passed all the operational checks.  The OHSA Reg: 1910.178(q)(7) states any problems with the inspection should be recorded on the appropriate documents and reported to a supervisor immediately. 

  • Foot Brake – pedal holds, unit stops smoothly.
  • Parking Brake – holds against slight acceleration.
  • Lift Mechanism – operates smoothly (check by raising forks to max height then lowering forks).
  • Tilt Mechanism – moves smoothly, holds (check by tilting mast all the way forward and backward).
  • Deadman Seat Brake – holds when operator rises from seat.
  • Clutch and Gearshift – shifts smoothly with no jumping or jerking.
  • Dash Control Panel – all lights and gauges are operational.
  • Steering – moves smoothly.
  • Cylinders and Hoses – not leaking after above checks.
  • Listen for any unusual sounds or noises.

Remember that the operational check must be carried out by a competent trained person . If the operator notes any of these conditions while driving, the operator must stop, park the vehicle and get assistance.

After Starting The Forklift 


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Once you have completed the initial check (Before Starting The Forklift) you’re not done just yet. It’s extremely important to practice safe driving, here are just a few rules to follow when operating your forklift.

  • Always look in all directions before proceeding. 
  • Always look in the direction of travel. If the load blocks your view, travel in reverse. Keep a clear view.
  • Maintain a safe distance, safe speed, and keep the truck in control at all times.
  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians
  • Do not pass other trucks in the same direction.
  • Absolutely no stunt driving or horseplay.
  • Beware of the environment conditions – slow down for wet and slippery floors.
  • Never carry passengers.
  • Keep arms and legs inside the confines of your vehicle.
  • Be especially careful on loading docks; stay away from the edge.

A serious workplace injury or death changes lives forever – for families, friends, communities, and coworkers too. Our training programs will provide you with all the skills and knowledge you need to properly and safely operate a forklift. Start your forklift training today!


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How To Obtain a Forklift Licence in Ontario

Planning to become a licensed lift truck driver in Ontario? It’s just not as simple as taking the course, passing, and getting your forklift licence. Ongoing monitoring, forklift inspections, maintenance and reviewing your safety procedures is more important then just receiving your certificate. To help better understand how to obtain your forklift licence and the importance of training, we’ve put together this guide. Contact us to obtain your forklift licence today.

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Step-by-step guide on how to obtain a forklift licence in Ontario

The most important general duty of every employer is to “take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker and assign specific responsibilities for equipment maintenance, training, and supervision. Rules and regulations must be followed in order to obtain a forklift licence in Ontario. Employers and their forklift drivers are governed by federal and provincial safety standards.


Step 1: The Research

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Whether you decide on a career as a forklift driver or you require it for your present job, the first step to getting your licence is doing your research. You need to gather and know all the proper information from finding the proper training center, learning the rules, taking and passing the course, and the ongoing workplace safety procedures.  You must remember that a forklift licence does not give you a job but deems you as a competent forklift driver. It also gives you proof that you have received the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) government standard training. Each workplace is unique; they all have different workplace equipment and safety procedures so getting the proper training is important.


Step 2: The Rules and Regulations

Forklift Licence

Working as a forklift operator means undergoing training to become a certified competent operator before hopping on any forklift. Rules and regulations must be followed in order to obtain a forklift licence in Ontario. To help you understand the complete legal requirements for forklift operators, OSHA Regulation 851 provides a guideline of the legal requirements to make sure that you implement a safe workplace. These guidelines will help the operator to have knowledge, training, experience and to understand the how the forklift works and its performance requirements.


Step 3: Why Training is Important

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It would be impossible to tell you everything you need to know about forklift driving without explaining why training is necessary. To start with thousand of forklifts are used in the workplace; they are specifically designed to carry large loads in confined spaces. Their size is quite a bit different from most other vehicles along with their shape and weight distribution. Add a heavy load to this already unique design and you will have a vehicle that is quite challenging to operate safely. If the driver is not properly trained then Not only is he/she at risk of getting injured but also the pedestrians and visitors in the area the forklift occupies.

Forklift operators must have a basic operator training qualification, but many overlook the other stage of training that ensures their safety such as familiarizing themselves with the equipment and any attachments which they will be expected to use. Don’t take if for granted that every driver knows your working environment and hazards around your warehouse; These may need to be addresses, because in a split second it could be the difference between success and catastrophe. The provision of such information, instruction, training and supervision will reduce accidents like a recent incident involving a forklift operator unloading pallets. He reversed and bounced off the loading dock. He fell off the forklift and broke his ankle. It was revealed that the worker had gone through basic training, but had received no in-house training in the safe use of his truck in that particular workplace.

The proper forklift training from a expert trainer and your employer will reduce, or even prevent, accidents from happening on the job site. Also when efficient training is provided to the operators, they become more proficient as well as safer in performing their job. This will, in turn, help your business in improving its productivity.


Step 4: The Forklift

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There are many types of forklifts and you must determine what forklift category you need to be trained on. One forklift certificate does not cover all forklifts, below is a list of forklift categories and this link will give you the details of each class of forklift  to help you select the right equipment:

Forklift operators need to have a clear understanding of their forklift’s load capacity and the risks that are involved in exceeding it. Again, 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.


Step 5: Choosing the Trainer

Forklift Licence

Choosing your forklift trainer is an important step to ensuring you get the proper training. Obviously you’ll want to choose an experienced qualified forklift trainer who is committed to quality, and is patient, enthusiastic, highly skilled, and values the lives of others. No matter what the nature of your business, if forklifts are used in your daily operation, you need adequate training for you or your staff; and the trainer must comply with the present legislation.

You may ask why hands-on training is better than online training? With the online training you cannot properly be evaluated because online instruction can only provide you with formal instructions with no practical experience on a forklift. Our expert practical trainer spends the additional time with trainees to get to know them better before they get aboard a forklift during the practical portion of training. Also when you are looking for career opportunities, trainees that have had formal and practical trusted training rather than an online course will have a better chance for the job. Interaction with a qualified instructor will give you the hands-on demonstrations you  need to properly learn how to operate a forklift and it is more likely questions will be asked that an online course simply cannot provide. On-line courses still require you to receive in-person evaluations and skill tests. Hands-on training also includes instruction on dealing with site specific risks that would be beyond the scope of an online course. Safety and saving lives should be your number one priority so choosing hands-on training is definitely the safer route to take.. 

Forklift Licence

Our forklift trainer closely matches an athletic sports coach because our forklift trainer really is a coach in an industrial setting, imparting knowledge and encouraging our trainees to be the best they can be. Any forklift training class worth taking should be conducted on a pass/fail basis. You don’t want trainers going through a program where everyone passes regardless of competency. Contact us to get started with your forklift certification today!


Step 6: Training

Forklift Training

Your training should involve more than a trainer just showing a DVD. Training should include helping you to improve your knowledge about forklifts, identify hazards, understand forklift safety, operate equipment, educate you about OSHA regulations, and cover workplace-specific subjects and applicable law regulations.  In addition to these, the training instructor should provide an intensive course to address forklift maintenance and inspection that includes refueling, recharging, and basic troubleshooting. Training should ensure the safe operation of your forklift. Here are the fundamentals training should cover:

  • Course Introduction
  • Government Legislation
  • Worker, Supervisor and employee responsibilities
  • Various types of lift truck identification
  • Operator competency
  • Workplace hazards and explain fuel source hazards
  • Stability principles
  • How to conduct Pre-operational checks
  • Safe operating principles
  • Pedestrian awareness
  • Maintenance, inspection and records
  • Load limitations and lift capacity
  • Fuel Safety for electric and propane forklifts
  • Safe operating procedures

Now that you have down your research, read the rules and regulations, understood why training is important, decided which forklift classification you need, and chosen your trainer, you can begin to enroll in a forklift certificate course. Once you have enrolled, you will need to attend the classroom lectures, pass the written examination and  pass the hands-on forklift evaluation. Once these are completed you will be a certified competent forklift operator.  Remember that the certification expires every three years. You will need to take refresher training for its renewal. 

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Step 7: Employers Responsibility for Workplace Safety

Forklift Licence

Your forklift training is never over; it is an ongoing process to keep you and your workplace safe. The last thing to mention is the employers responsibility. It is to ensure adequate workplace safety by developing and implementing rules and procedures to prevent injuries. Employers must appoint a competent person as a supervisor that know the hazards associated with: the type of lift truck being used, the loads being handled, and the environment in which the truck will be operated. Supervisors must be able to identify unsafe acts and conditions and implement corrective measures.

From the standpoint of the Ministry of Labour , employers are responsible for the following in terms of protecting their forklift operators and nearby employees/pedestrian traffic:

  • Establishing specific foot traffic policies
  • Awareness training for non-forklift operators
  • Adhering to forklift maintenance schedules
  • Appropriate device selection for their goods/business
  • Availability of competent trainers for new operators
  • Competent signalers and appropriate signage
  • A safe and easily-maneuverable facility design

There are many potential hazards that can happen even to a certified forklift operator if there are no  workplace safety procedures:a pedestrian can be struck by a forklift,a load can fall off a forklift or forklift can fall off a loading dock. These accidents can result in serious injury or a fatality.

It is your responsibility as a competent certified forklift operator to identify and report faulty equipment, damages, hazards and safety concerns to your Supervisor immediately. And it is the supervisor’s responsibility to make sure that these are addressed.


Forklift training is important for both the operator and the employer because without the proper training, they can become immediate dangers to themselves and other employees working in the area. Let me remind you that it is required by law that all operators be properly trained. Forklifts are fairly large machines with several moving parts and considerable power and it is imperative that both the operator and the employer take every precaution to protect the workers and make the workplace safe.

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