# Peterson Roofing Forklift Test

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FORKLIFT TEST 35 multiple choice questions.
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• 1.

### The forklift load chart shows a rating of 2220 kg at a 600 mm load center. What does this mean?

• A.

That the forklift will safely lift any weight up to 2220 kg

• B.

That the forklift will safely lift up to 2220 kg provided that the center of gravity of the load is not more than 600 mm forward from the face (heel) of the fork

• C.

That the forklift will only safely lift up to 2220 kg if the load measures more than 1200 mm in length.

B. That the forklift will safely lift up to 2220 kg provided that the center of gravity of the load is not more than 600 mm forward from the face (heel) of the fork
Explanation
The load chart rating of 2220 kg at a 600 mm load center means that the forklift can safely lift weights up to 2220 kg, as long as the center of gravity of the load does not extend more than 600 mm forward from the face (heel) of the fork. This indicates that the forklift has a specific capacity and balance requirement to ensure safe lifting operations.

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• 2.

• A.

Dismount, check that the way is clear, then drive slowly forward sounding the horn.

• B.

Travel in reverse looking in the direction of travel.

• C.

Raise the load so that you can see under it.

B. Travel in reverse looking in the direction of travel.
Explanation
When the load on the forklift obscures the view in front, the correct procedure is to travel in reverse while looking in the direction of travel. This allows the operator to have a clear view of the path ahead and avoid any potential hazards. It is important to always prioritize safety and maintain clear visibility while operating a forklift.

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• 3.

### How should you normally drive your forklift?

• A.

Slowly and deliberately at all times.

• B.

At a speed consistent with the type of load and general work conditions.

• C.

Fast enough to keep up with the pressure of work.

B. At a speed consistent with the type of load and general work conditions.
Explanation
You should normally drive your forklift at a speed consistent with the type of load and general work conditions. This means that you should adjust your speed based on the weight and stability of the load you are carrying, as well as the overall conditions of the work environment. Driving too fast can increase the risk of accidents and make it difficult to control the forklift, while driving too slowly can impede productivity. Therefore, it is important to find a balance and drive at a speed that is appropriate for the specific circumstances.

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• 4.

### A fault occurs while driving your forklift.  What action do you take?

• A.

Park the forklift as safely as possible and follow company procedures, or remove its key and report the fault to your supervisor.

• B.

Carry on until a convenient break and then report it.

• C.

Try to repair the fault yourself.

A. Park the forklift as safely as possible and follow company procedures, or remove its key and report the fault to your supervisor.
Explanation
When a fault occurs while driving a forklift, the correct action to take is to park the forklift as safely as possible and follow company procedures, or remove its key and report the fault to your supervisor. This ensures the safety of yourself and others in the workplace, as well as allows for proper maintenance and repairs to be carried out by qualified personnel. Continuing to drive the forklift with a fault can lead to accidents or further damage, and attempting to repair the fault yourself may not be safe or effective.

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• 5.

### What position should the forks be in while driving a forklift?

• A.

As near to the ground as possible and level.

• B.

About 100 mm to 150 mm from the ground and level.

• C.

About 100 mm to 150 mm from the ground and tilted back

• D.

As near to the ground as practicable but high enough to clear obstructions â€” and tilted back.

C. About 100 mm to 150 mm from the ground and tilted back
Explanation
The correct answer is "About 100 mm to 150 mm from the ground and tilted back." This is the recommended position for the forks while driving a forklift. By positioning the forks about 100 mm to 150 mm from the ground, they are low enough to clear obstructions but not too close to the ground. Tilting the forks back helps stabilize the load and prevents it from sliding off. This position ensures safe and efficient operation of the forklift.

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• 6.

### What is the procedure to follow when you discover a patch of oil on the floor of the aisle or roadway?

• A.

Tell your supervisor the next time you see him/her.

• B.

Drive carefully around it.

• C.

Stop your forklift and clean it up.

C. Stop your forklift and clean it up.
Explanation
When you discover a patch of oil on the floor of the aisle or roadway, the correct procedure is to stop your forklift and clean it up. This is important to prevent accidents and maintain a safe working environment. Simply informing your supervisor or driving carefully around it is not sufficient, as it does not address the immediate hazard of the oil patch.

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• 7.

### What position do you place the forks when parking your forklift?

• A.

100 mm to 150 mm from ground tilted fully forward.

• B.

Resting on the floor tilted fully back.

• C.

Resting on the floor tilted forward.

C. Resting on the floor tilted forward.
Explanation
When parking a forklift, it is recommended to place the forks resting on the floor tilted forward. This position ensures stability and prevents the forks from accidentally sliding or moving. By tilting the forks forward, they are securely positioned on the floor, reducing the risk of any potential accidents or damage.

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• 8.

### Who is responsible for the safety of persons working in a forklift area?

• A.

The forklift operator.

• B.

Each person within the area.

• C.

The manager.

A. The forklift operator.
Explanation
The forklift operator is responsible for the safety of persons working in a forklift area because they are the ones operating the forklift and have control over its movements. They need to ensure that they operate the forklift safely, follow all safety protocols, and be aware of their surroundings to prevent accidents and injuries to themselves and others working in the area.

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• 9.

### Are you allowed to hoist personnel on your forks?

• A.

Only if a sound wooden pallet is fitted.

• B.

Only in an approved work platform is fitted.

• C.

Only if an observer is present.

B. Only in an approved work platform is fitted.
Explanation
Hoisting personnel on forks can be dangerous and is generally not recommended. However, if an approved work platform is fitted to the forks, it provides a safe and stable platform for personnel to be lifted. This ensures that the necessary safety measures are in place to prevent accidents or injuries.

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• 10.

### When must you use the back tilt on your forklift when traveling?

• A.

• B.

When the forks are not loaded.

• C.

At all times.

C. At all times.
Explanation
The back tilt on a forklift should be used at all times when traveling. This is because the back tilt helps to stabilize the load and prevent it from tipping forward. By using the back tilt, the weight of the load is distributed evenly and the forklift is less likely to become unbalanced during travel. Therefore, it is important to always use the back tilt to ensure the safety of the operator, the forklift, and the load being transported.

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• 11.

### When driving an empty forklift down a ramp, in what direction should the forks point?

• A.

Downhill.

• B.

Uphill.

A. Downhill.
Explanation
When driving an empty forklift down a ramp, the forks should point downhill. This is because the weight of the forklift is in the rear, so pointing the forks downhill helps to maintain stability and prevent the front of the forklift from tipping forward. Additionally, pointing the forks downhill allows for better visibility and control while descending the ramp.

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• 12.

### When driving a loaded forklift down a ramp, in what direction should the forks point?

• A.

Downhill.

• B.

Uphill

B. Uphill
Explanation
When driving a loaded forklift down a ramp, the forks should point uphill. This is because pointing the forks uphill helps to prevent the load from slipping or falling off the forks while descending the ramp. By pointing the forks uphill, the weight of the load is distributed towards the back of the forklift, providing better stability and reducing the risk of accidents.

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• 13.

### Is the carrying of passengers allowed on forklifts?

• A.

Never.

• B.

Only if traveling a long distance.

• C.

Only if traveling a short distance.

• D.

Only if a passenger seat is provided by the manufacturer.

D. Only if a passenger seat is provided by the manufacturer.
Explanation
The correct answer is "Only if a passenger seat is provided by the manufacturer." This means that carrying passengers on forklifts is allowed, but only if the forklift is equipped with a designated passenger seat that has been provided by the manufacturer.

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• 14.

### Are fork extensions permitted where a load is too long?

• A.

Never.

• B.

• C.

Only if authorized by the manufacturer.

C. Only if authorized by the manufacturer.
Explanation
Fork extensions are not permitted where a load is too long unless authorized by the manufacturer. This means that if the manufacturer has specifically authorized the use of fork extensions for a particular load, they can be used. However, in general, fork extensions should not be used when a load is too long.

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• 15.

### When is the forklift operator required to look in the direction of travel?

• A.

Always.

• B.

When persons are in the area.

• C.

When driving on uneven surfaces.

A. Always.
Explanation
The forklift operator is required to always look in the direction of travel. This is important for maintaining awareness of their surroundings and preventing accidents. By keeping their eyes forward, the operator can anticipate any obstacles or hazards that may be in their path and take appropriate action to avoid them. It is a crucial safety measure that should be followed at all times to ensure the safety of both the operator and others in the area.

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• 16.

### How should the rated capacity of a forklift be determined by you?

• A.

• B.

• C.

Guesswork.

Explanation
The rated capacity of a forklift should be determined by reading the load plate. The load plate provides important information about the maximum weight that the forklift can safely lift and carry. This information is crucial for ensuring that the forklift is used within its safe operating limits and to prevent accidents or damage to the equipment. Testing with various loads or relying on guesswork may lead to exceeding the forklift's capacity and pose serious safety risks.

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• 17.

### How often is a forklift operator required to check the brakes?

• A.

Pre-operation.

• B.

Weekly.

• C.

Monthly.

A. Pre-operation.
Explanation
A forklift operator is required to check the brakes before starting the operation, as part of the pre-operation inspection. This is important to ensure that the brakes are in proper working condition and can effectively stop the forklift when needed. Regularly checking the brakes before each use helps prevent accidents and ensures the safety of the operator and others in the vicinity.

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• 18.

### What action is required when a load is unstable?

• A.

• B.

Stop and re stack.

• C.

Call for assistance to support the load.

B. Stop and re stack.
Explanation
When a load is unstable, it means that it is not properly balanced or secure. In order to ensure safety and prevent accidents, the correct action to take is to stop and re-stack the load. This means that the load should be carefully removed and then repositioned or rearranged in a stable and secure manner. This will help to prevent any potential hazards or damage that could occur if the load were to remain unstable.

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• 19.

### Are you allowed to turn a forklift on a ramp or slope?

• A.

Only if the forklift is not loaded

• B.

Only if traveling down the ramp.

• C.

Only if traveling up the ramp.

• D.

Not at any time.

D. Not at any time.
Explanation
Forklifts should not be turned on a ramp or slope at any time. This is because turning on a ramp or slope can cause the forklift to become unstable and increase the risk of tipping over. It is important to always turn the forklift on a level surface to ensure stability and safety.

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• 20.

### Are you permitted to cross a bridge plate with a forklift when loading a truck from a docking platform?

• A.

Not at any time.

• B.

Only if ordered to do so.

• C.

Only if the truck wheels are secured and the bridge plate is strong enough.

C. Only if the truck wheels are secured and the bridge plate is strong enough.
Explanation
The correct answer states that you are permitted to cross a bridge plate with a forklift when loading a truck from a docking platform only if two conditions are met: the truck wheels are secured and the bridge plate is strong enough. This suggests that crossing the bridge plate with a forklift is not allowed under normal circumstances, but if these specific conditions are met, it is permissible.

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• 21.

### Is it permissible to stack goods on an incline?

• A.

Only if the load is on pallets.

• B.

Only if a temporary measure.

• C.

Not at any time

C. Not at any time
Explanation
Stacking goods on an incline is not permissible at any time. This means that regardless of the circumstances or the type of load, it is not allowed to stack goods on an incline. This could be due to safety concerns, as stacking goods on an incline can increase the risk of the load falling or shifting, potentially causing accidents or damage. It is important to ensure that goods are stacked on flat and stable surfaces to maintain stability and prevent any potential hazards.

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• 22.

### Is it permissible for any person to operate a forklift?

• A.

Only if a holder of a drivers license.

• B.

Only if trained and authorized to do so.

• C.

Yes, but only temporarily.

B. Only if trained and authorized to do so.
Explanation
The correct answer is "Only if trained and authorized to do so." This means that it is not permissible for any person to operate a forklift unless they have received proper training and have been authorized to do so. This requirement ensures that only individuals who have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely operate a forklift are allowed to do so, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

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• 23.

### Hen is it allowable to move your forklift with its load fully raised?

• A.

Any time.

• B.

To assist when turning.

• C.

When stacking and de stacking.

C. When stacking and de stacking.
Explanation
It is allowable to move a forklift with its load fully raised when stacking and de-stacking. This is because when stacking or de-stacking, the forklift needs to be able to move the load to the desired location. However, it is not safe or recommended to move a forklift with its load fully raised at any other time, as it can be unstable and increase the risk of accidents or tip-overs.

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• 24.

### Is it permissible to park your forklift on a ramp or slope?

• A.

Only if left in gear.

• B.

Only if wheel chocks are used.

• C.

Only if the forks are on the ground.

B. Only if wheel chocks are used.
Explanation
It is not permissible to park a forklift on a ramp or slope without using wheel chocks. Wheel chocks are used to prevent the forklift from rolling or moving while parked on an incline. This helps to ensure the safety of the operator and others in the vicinity. Therefore, the correct answer is that a forklift can only be parked on a ramp or slope if wheel chocks are used.

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• 25.

### Should the load capacity of a forklift ever be exceeded?

• A.

Only if the counterweight is increased

• B.

Only if lifting the load within 1 metre.

• C.

Not at any time.

C. Not at any time.
Explanation
The correct answer is "Not at any time." This means that the load capacity of a forklift should never be exceeded under any circumstances. It is important to follow the load capacity guidelines to ensure safety and prevent accidents. Exceeding the load capacity can lead to instability, tipping, and damage to the forklift and the load being lifted. It is crucial to prioritize safety and adhere to the recommended load limits at all times.

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• 26.

### In what position should a gas cylinder safety valve be when fitted to a forklift?

• A.

At the top.

• B.

At the bottom.

• C.

Mid-point.

A. At the top.
Explanation
The gas cylinder safety valve should be fitted at the top position when installed on a forklift. This is because placing it at the top ensures that any excess gas or pressure is released safely and efficiently. Placing the valve at the bottom or mid-point could cause difficulties in releasing the gas and may pose a safety hazard.

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• 27.

### Is it permissible to tow a railway wagon using a forklift?

• A.

Only if moving it short distances.

• B.

Not at any time.

• C.

Only to align it with the platform.

B. Not at any time.
Explanation
Towing a railway wagon using a forklift is not permissible at any time. This is because forklifts are not designed or equipped to safely tow heavy railway wagons. Towing a railway wagon requires specialized equipment and expertise to ensure the safety of the wagon, the forklift operator, and others in the vicinity. Attempting to tow a railway wagon with a forklift can result in accidents, damage to the wagon or forklift, and potential harm to individuals involved. Therefore, it is not permissible to tow a railway wagon using a forklift under any circumstances.

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• 28.

### Can the counterweight of a forklift have its weight increased?

• A.

Only if the load to be lifted is too heavy.

• B.

Only to allow more traction and steering control.

• C.

Not at any time

• D.

Only if approved by the manufacturer.

D. Only if approved by the manufacturer.
Explanation
The counterweight of a forklift can only have its weight increased if it is approved by the manufacturer. This is because the counterweight is designed to balance the weight of the load being lifted and the forklift itself. Increasing the weight of the counterweight without proper approval could affect the stability and safety of the forklift. Therefore, it is important to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations when it comes to modifying the counterweight.

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• 29.

### From which position in a narrow aisle should a forklift approach a narrow corner?

• A.

From the inside of the aisle.

• B.

From the outside of the aisle.

• C.

From the middle of the aisle.

A. From the inside of the aisle.
Explanation
When approaching a narrow corner in a narrow aisle, it is recommended for a forklift to approach from the inside of the aisle. This allows for better visibility and maneuverability around the corner. Approaching from the outside of the aisle may result in the forklift hitting the corner or other obstacles. Approaching from the middle of the aisle may not provide enough space to navigate the corner safely. Therefore, approaching from the inside of the aisle is the correct position to approach a narrow corner.

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• 30.

### What distance should there be between moving forklifts?

• A.

Close up to communicate with the driver.

• B.

As far apart as possible.

• C.

A safe braking distance

C. A safe braking distance
Explanation
The correct answer is a safe braking distance. This means that there should be enough distance between moving forklifts to allow for safe braking in case of an emergency. This is important to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of the drivers and those around them. Close proximity may hinder communication and increase the risk of collisions, while being as far apart as possible may not be practical in certain working environments. Therefore, maintaining a safe braking distance is the most appropriate option.

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• 31.

### When is the forklift horn to be used?

• A.

Only when necessary.

• B.

• C.

Only if operating on a public road.

A. Only when necessary.
Explanation
The correct answer is "Only when necessary." This means that the forklift horn should only be used when it is required for safety reasons, such as to alert pedestrians or other workers in the area of the forklift's presence. Using the horn unnecessarily can cause confusion and may lead to accidents or disruptions in the workplace. Therefore, it is important to use the horn responsibly and only when it is absolutely necessary.

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• 32.

### How close can you park to a railway line?

• A.

1 meter.

• B.

2.5 meters.

• C.

5 meters.

B. 2.5 meters.
Explanation
You can park up to 2.5 meters away from a railway line. This distance is necessary to ensure the safety of both vehicles and pedestrians, as well as to prevent any potential damage to the railway infrastructure. Parking too close to a railway line can obstruct the view of train operators and increase the risk of accidents.

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• 33.

### May you cross railway lines on a forklift?

• A.

Cross diagonally and only if the lines are recessed

• B.

Cross at right angles to the railway track.

• C.

Not at any time.

• D.

Diagonally when there is suitable infill.

D. Diagonally when there is suitable infill.
• 34.

### What action do you take should the brakes fail on your forklift?

• A.

Lower the forks to the ground.

• B.

Use the gear change to attempt a stop.

• C.

Jump clear.

A. Lower the forks to the ground.
Explanation
If the brakes fail on a forklift, lowering the forks to the ground is the best action to take. By doing this, the center of gravity of the forklift is lowered, which helps to stabilize it and reduce the risk of tipping over. Lowering the forks also allows for the load to be placed on the ground, reducing the potential for damage or injury. This action can help to bring the forklift to a stop safely and prevent further accidents or damage.

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• 35.

### Which of the points below affect the stability of a forklift?

• A.

Driving too fast.

• B.

• C.

Driving on an incline.

• D.

Cornering too sharply.

• E.

All of the above

E. All of the above
Explanation
Driving too fast, having a load that is too heavy, driving on an incline, and cornering too sharply can all affect the stability of a forklift. Driving too fast can cause the forklift to become unstable and potentially tip over. Having a load that is too heavy can shift the center of gravity and make the forklift more prone to tipping. Driving on an incline can also affect the balance of the forklift, especially if the incline is steep. Cornering too sharply can cause the forklift to lose stability and potentially tip over as well. Therefore, all of these factors can impact the stability of a forklift.

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