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Lifting Machine Operator Safety e-Learning Training Course

Course Highlights

  • NQF Level: 2
  • CPD Points: 2
  • Topics: 30
  • Duration: 257 Minutes
  • Audio: Yes Responsive: Yes
  • Pass Mark: 75%
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  • Employees with the responsibility to perform functions within the workplace relating to operating forklifts.


This course introduces the safe operation of lifting machinery with some background to the Occupational Health and Safety Act Driven Machinery Regulations. This is to equip the candidate with the legal obligations and framework to operating lifting machines in the workplace.
This course was designed for all employees who perform, or is expected to perform, daily tasks involving a counterbalanced lift truck, or a capacity rated 2,000kg and includes a capacity of above 15,000kg.


To equip the candidate with the required knowledge and skills, enabling the candidate to operate and work with a forklift in a way which is safe and competently. It also provides the required knowledge regarding the principles according to which the machinery works.
The course helps and equips the candidate with extensive knowledge in understanding the different handling methods and the storing of freight and operate equipment in accordance with laid-down organisational, legislative standards and procedures, as well as manufacturer guidelines.
To ensure that the candidate can conduct regulatory inspections such as:

  • Pre-checks
  • Start-up and operational checks
  • Inspections pertaining to operation, shut down, parking, and maintenance of the forklift.

This course also intends to outline the support systems and emergency services in case of incidents and accidents and includes the recording and reporting of such according to workplace operating procedures. This course provides the candidate with the ability to understand and describe the different counterbalanced trucks in terms of lifting machine categories, functionality, and specified work requirements.
To allow the attending candidate to analyse limitations, capabilities, and capacities of counterbalanced trucks. It promotes the mechanical awareness, understanding of major components, familiarity with instrumentation, and operation of levers, controls, and safety devices.



Upon completion of this course, the attending candidate will be capable of, and able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the content through the application of knowledge to familiar and unfamiliar situations.
  • Demonstrate the selection of counterbalanced lifting trucks, or forklift, and the safe handling of loads according to the standard operating procedure.
  • Explain and develop a hazard assessment program pertaining to supervision as an essential part of monitoring safe working and operation of forklift trucks, and
  • Prevent accidents and avoid damage to valuable goods and equipment by enabling safe operating manoeuvre techniques in even the most demanding environment.


This course is aimed at ensuring that counterbalanced lift trucks, or forklifts, are operated within the specification of the relevant legislation. In addition, this course aims to ensure adherence to the operating mechanisms such as components, systems, instrumentation, levers, and controls. Content covered in this course includes:

  • The identification of safety, health, and environmental hazards and the inclusion of responsibilities and accountabilities through solving problems employing critical thinking.
  • Implementing or creating a lift truck identification and dealing with problems pertaining to lifting machines.
  • Evaluation of the potential hazards, implementation of required process to promote safe driving by ensuring that the lifting truck is fit for operation, and conduct inspections on the safe handling of loads with machinery.
  • Prepare for making the workplace safe and favourable and understanding the different types of conditions that employees may be exposed to.
  • Knowing how to perform a basic hazard assessment, and
  • Selecting the appropriate circumstances, where possible, when operating lift trucks, or forklifts.


The candidate attending the course will be assessed against the outcomes of each element through the completion of a subscribed knowledge assessment along with a practical assessment. These assessments will cover the essential embedded knowledge as stipulated in the course and will ensure that the candidate can apply the learning to a working situation.


To gain access to this training program, it is mandatory that the employer subscribe to the SafetyWallet membership subscription so that the learner can enrol to any of the Health and Safety e-Learning training programmes.
Attending candidates must obtain a pass mark of at least 75% or higher is necessary in each Modular Assessment. Should these conditions have been met, the candidate will receive an accredited Certificate of Completion.