Train the Trainer Telehandler Course
The teaching modules for this Train the Trainer Telehandler Course is presented in two sections:
- Section 1:
- Adult Learning Principles
- The Responsibilities of the Trainer
- Effective Record Keeping
- OSHA Safety Standards
- Effective Classroom set-up
- Effective Use of Training Materials
- How to Customize Training Materials
- Section 2:
- Telehandler Introduction
- Equipment Anatomy
- Machine Stability Concepts
- Safe Machine Operation
- Safety Hazards
- Course Conclusion
- Final Exam
Safety Tips: Train the Trainer Telehandler Course
Ensure you have both general theory and practical hands-on training for the telehandler that you will be using.
Read the operator’s manual and be aware of the safety signage on the machine. Also locate and understand the function and location of all safety devices and controls before using the telehandler.
Understand and follow your employer’s worksite regulations and rules along with all applicable local, governmental, or federal regulations that apply before operating the telehandler.
Always conduct a pre-operation inspection and function tests on the telehandler before operating the machine. If an error or malfunction is found, make sure the machine immediately tagged and removed from service until it can be repaired by a qualified service technician.
Conduct a workplace hazard assessment prior to using the telehandler on the jobsite. Be aware of and avoid hazards such as drop-offs and holes, slopes, slippery or unstable surfaces, overhead obstacles, power lines and any other hazards that may exist. Have a plan to avoid those hazards when operating the telehandler.
Never operate a telehandler if the load capacity chart is not visible. It is vital that the load chart in the telehandler matches the machine and the any attachment you are using. This load chart must be clearly legible and visible to you while you are set-up in the normal operating position.
Fully understand what loads you will be handling. Ensure that the weight and center of gravity of the load does not exceed the machine or attachment maximum load capacity as per the load chart. Assess the dimensions of the load to determine what load handling techniques will be used. Always properly secure the load to minimize the potential for any falling debris.
There are additional restrictions placed on the operator, owner and user of the equipment when using a telehandler to lift personnel and suspended loads. Always refer to the ANSI/ITSDF B56.6 standard, OSHA Regulations, and the telehandler and attachment, manufacturer’s instructions regarding the additional requirements and operating instructions for these applications.
Always wear your seatbelt while operating the telehandler.
Adjust the seat and steering wheel so that you can easily each all of the machine controls. Adjust side and cab mirrors accordingly to maximize your visibility.
Confirm that the combined center of gravity of the telehandler and the load always remains within the stability triangle.
Ensure that the telehandler chassis is level before handling a load and never using the sway feature with an elevated load.
During travel always keep the boom and load as low as possible to the ground.
Always keep the machine and load under control at all times using proper speed.
In the event that the telehandler tips over, never jump from the machine. Remain in the cab and stay in the seat with your seatbelt fastened, brace for impact by grasping the steering wheel and leaning away from the point of impact.