# Do You Know About Forklift Operator?

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Forklifts are used to carry material over short distances and were developed in the early 20th century. It is used in movie sets and even manufacturing plants. Just how conversant are you with how to use it safely and effectively? Take up this quiz to find out. Remember to stay safe!

• 1.

### The forklift load chart shows a rating of 2220 kg at a 600 mm load centre. 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 forks

• 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 forks
Explanation
This means that the forklift has a maximum safe lifting capacity of 2220 kg, but this is only applicable if the center of gravity of the load does not extend more than 600 mm forward from the face (heel) of the forks. If the load's center of gravity exceeds this limit, it may cause instability and pose a safety risk.

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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 behind and ensure that it is safe to proceed. By traveling in reverse, the operator can navigate the forklift more effectively and avoid any potential hazards or obstacles that may be in the way.

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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
When driving a forklift, it is important to consider the type of load being carried and the general work conditions. Driving at a speed consistent with these factors ensures safety and prevents accidents. Driving slowly and deliberately at all times may not be efficient, while driving fast to keep up with work pressure can be risky. Therefore, the best approach is to adjust the speed according to the load and work conditions for optimal performance and safety.

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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
The correct answer 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 is the appropriate action to take because it prioritizes safety by parking the forklift and following company procedures. Reporting the fault to your supervisor ensures that the issue is addressed and resolved by the appropriate personnel. Trying to repair the fault yourself may not be safe or effective, and carrying on until a convenient break could potentially lead to further damage or accidents.

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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 suggests that the forks should be positioned about 100 mm to 150 mm from the ground and tilted back. This position allows the forklift to clear obstructions while also maintaining stability. Tilting the forks back helps to prevent items from sliding off the forks while driving.

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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
The correct answer is to stop your forklift and clean up the patch of oil on the floor. This is the appropriate procedure to follow in order to ensure a safe working environment. Driving carefully around it may not be sufficient as it can still pose a hazard to others. Informing your supervisor is also important, but immediate action should be taken to prevent accidents or injuries.

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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 rest the forks on the floor tilted forward. This position ensures stability and prevents any accidental movement of the forklift. By tilting the forks forward, they are less likely to come into contact with any objects or people nearby, reducing the risk of accidents. Additionally, resting the forks on the floor provides support and keeps the forklift balanced while it is parked.

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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 trained to operate the forklift safely and are aware of the potential hazards associated with it. They are responsible for following all safety protocols, ensuring that the area is clear of obstacles, and communicating effectively with other workers to prevent accidents and injuries. The operator's knowledge and adherence to safety procedures are crucial in maintaining a safe working environment for everyone in the forklift area.

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• 9.

### 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 falling off the forks. It also helps to distribute the weight evenly and maintain balance, especially when going over uneven surfaces or making turns. By using the back tilt consistently, the operator can ensure the safety of themselves, the forklift, and the load being carried.

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• 10.

### 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 having the forks pointing downhill helps to maintain stability and balance while descending the ramp. It also allows for better control and maneuverability of the forklift. If the forks were pointing uphill, it could potentially cause the front of the forklift to lift, leading to a loss of control and a higher risk of accidents. Therefore, it is important to have the forks pointing downhill when driving an empty forklift down a ramp.

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• 11.

### 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 when the forks are pointing uphill, the weight of the load is distributed towards the back of the forklift, providing better stability and control. If the forks were pointing downhill, the weight of the load would shift towards the front of the forklift, increasing the risk of tipping forward and losing control of the vehicle.

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• 12.

### 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 only if the forklift has a designated seat for passengers that is specifically provided by the manufacturer. This implies that the forklift has been designed and equipped to safely carry passengers, ensuring their protection and minimizing any potential risks or accidents.

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• 13.

### 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 generally permitted where a load is too long. However, in certain cases, the manufacturer may authorize the use of fork extensions. This means that the manufacturer has deemed it safe and appropriate to use fork extensions for specific long loads. It is important to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and obtain proper authorization before using fork extensions in such situations.

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• 14.

### 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 look in the direction of travel at all times. This is important for maintaining awareness of their surroundings and ensuring the safety of themselves and others. By constantly looking in the direction of travel, the operator can anticipate any potential hazards or obstacles that may come their way, allowing them to take appropriate actions to avoid accidents. This practice is essential regardless of whether there are persons in the area or when driving on uneven surfaces, as it helps to prevent collisions and maintain control of the forklift.

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• 15.

### 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 the forklift can safely lift and carry. It includes details such as the maximum load capacity at different load centers and the maximum height at which the load can be lifted. By referring to the load plate, operators can ensure that they do not exceed the forklift's capacity, thus preventing accidents and equipment damage. Testing with various loads or relying on guesswork may lead to incorrect estimations and potentially dangerous situations.

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• 16.

### 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 operating the forklift. This is to ensure that the brakes are in proper working condition and can effectively stop the forklift when required. Regularly checking the brakes before each operation helps to prevent accidents and maintain a safe working environment. Therefore, the correct answer is pre-operation.

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• 17.

### 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, the best action to take is to stop and re-stack it. This means that the load should be carefully removed and then properly repositioned or rearranged in order to ensure its stability. This action is necessary to prevent any potential accidents or damage that could occur if the load were to remain unstable. Calling for assistance to support the load may be an option in some cases, but it is not the required action when the load is unstable.

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• 18.

### 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 on level ground to ensure the safety of the operator and others in the vicinity.

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• 19.

### 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
It is necessary to ensure that the truck wheels are secured and the bridge plate is strong enough before crossing it with a forklift. This is important for the safety of the forklift operator, the truck, and the bridge plate. If the truck wheels are not secured, there is a risk of the truck moving and causing an accident. Similarly, if the bridge plate is not strong enough, it may not be able to support the weight of the forklift and could collapse, causing damage and potential injury. Therefore, it is essential to meet these conditions before crossing the bridge plate with a forklift.

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• 20.

### 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 is because an incline can cause the stacked goods to become unstable and increase the risk of them falling or sliding off. It is important to stack goods on a level surface to ensure their stability and prevent accidents or damage.

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• 21.

### 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 not just anyone can operate a forklift. It is necessary for a person to undergo proper training and receive authorization before operating a forklift. This ensures that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to operate the machinery safely and effectively.

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• 22.

### When 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 means that it is safe to move the forklift with the load raised only when you are actively engaged in the process of stacking or de-stacking items. It is important to exercise caution and ensure that the load is stable and secure before moving the forklift in order to prevent accidents or damage to the load or equipment.

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• 23.

### 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 permissible to park a forklift on a ramp or slope only if wheel chocks are used. Wheel chocks are devices placed in front of the wheels to prevent the forklift from rolling or moving unintentionally. This is important to ensure the safety of the operator and others in the vicinity, as parking on a ramp or slope increases the risk of the forklift rolling downhill. By using wheel chocks, the forklift is securely immobilized and the chances of accidents or injuries are minimized.

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• 24.

### 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
Exceeding the load capacity of a forklift is never recommended. Doing so can lead to serious safety hazards, such as tipping over or losing control of the vehicle. It is crucial to operate the forklift within its specified load limits to maintain stability and prevent accidents. Therefore, the correct answer is that the load capacity of a forklift should not be exceeded at any time.

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• 25.

### 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 gas leakage will be directed upwards, away from the operator and other sensitive areas. Additionally, positioning the valve at the top allows for easy access and visibility, making it easier to monitor and control the gas flow. Placing the valve at the bottom or mid-point could lead to potential safety hazards and difficulties in operation and maintenance.

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• 26.

### 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. Forklifts are not designed or equipped to safely tow heavy railway wagons. Towing a railway wagon requires specialized equipment and proper training 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 injury or loss of life. Therefore, it is not permissible to tow a railway wagon using a forklift under any circumstances.

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• 27.

### 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 specifically designed to balance the weight of the load being lifted and the capacity of the forklift. Increasing the weight of the counterweight without proper approval can affect the stability and performance of the forklift, potentially leading to accidents or damage. Therefore, it is important to follow the manufacturer's guidelines and recommendations to ensure the safe operation of the forklift.

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• 28.

### 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, a forklift should approach from the inside of the aisle. This allows the forklift to have better visibility and control while navigating the corner. Approaching from the outside of the aisle may result in the forklift hitting the corner or other objects, while approaching from the middle of the aisle may not provide enough space for the forklift to maneuver. Therefore, approaching from the inside of the aisle is the safest and most efficient position for the forklift.

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• 29.

### 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 them to stop safely in case of any sudden braking or emergency situations. Maintaining a safe braking distance helps to prevent collisions and ensures the safety of the drivers and other personnel working in the area.

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• 30.

### 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 in situations where it is required for safety purposes, such as to alert pedestrians or other vehicles of the forklift's presence. Using the horn unnecessarily or for non-safety reasons could create confusion or distraction, so it should be used sparingly and only when there is a genuine need for it.

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• 31.

### 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 the parked vehicle and the passing trains. Parking too close to a railway line can obstruct the view of train drivers and increase the risk of accidents. Therefore, it is important to maintain a safe distance of 2.5 meters when parking near a railway line.

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• 32.

### May you cross railway lines on a forklift?  (After a bit of discussion on the matter, the answer for this questions has been changed from source it was taken from.)

• 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.
Explanation
Forklifts should not cross railway lines unless there is suitable infill. This means that the railway lines should be recessed and there should be a suitable surface or material to fill in the gap between the railway lines and the forklift's tires. Crossing at right angles to the railway track is not recommended, and crossing at any time without suitable infill is also not safe. Therefore, the correct answer is to cross diagonally when there is suitable infill.

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• 33.

### 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
Lowering the forks to the ground is the correct action to take if the brakes fail on a forklift. By lowering the forks, the center of gravity of the forklift is lowered, which helps to stabilize the vehicle and minimize the risk of tipping over. This action also reduces the speed and momentum of the forklift, allowing it to come to a stop in a controlled manner. Using the gear change to attempt a stop may not be effective if the brakes have completely failed, and jumping clear is not a safe option as it can lead to serious injuries.

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• 34.

### 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
All of the points mentioned (driving too fast, load too heavy, driving on an incline, cornering too sharply) can affect the stability of a forklift. Driving too fast can cause the forklift to lose control and tip over. A load that is too heavy can make the forklift unbalanced and cause it to tip forward or backward. Driving on an incline can shift the center of gravity, making the forklift unstable. Cornering too sharply can also cause the forklift to tip over if the load is not properly secured. Therefore, all of these factors can impact the stability of a forklift.

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