Fork Operator Interview Preparation Guide
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Fork Operator related Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with professional career as Fork Operator. These list of interview questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job interview and quickly revise your concepts

24 Fork Operator Questions and Answers:

2 :: Explain me when should I replace my forklift?

We talk a lot about useful versus economic life and that’s because knowing the difference is important to you and your bottom line. Your forklift could be useful for a lot longer than it is economical, but it’s best to replace when it starts costing you money.

3 :: Tell us what is the definition of a powered industrial truck?

Any mobile power-propelled truck used to carry, push, pull, lift, stack or tier materials. Powered industrial trucks can be ridden or controlled by a walking operator. Earth moving and over the road haulage trucks are not included in the definition. Equipment that was designed to move earth but has been modified to accept forks are also not included.

4 :: Tell us do you need any specialised forklift training?

Specialised forklift training can be supplied if you already have an F endorsement, but have obtained a new type of forklift with unfamiliar attachments.

5 :: Do you know who should conduct the training?

All training and evaluation must be conducted by persons with the necessary knowledge, training, and experience to train powered industrial truck operators and evaluate their competence. An example of a qualified trainer would be a person who, by possession of a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who by extensive knowledge, training, and experience has demonstrated the ability to train and evaluate powered industrial truck operators.

6 :: Explain me how should I know which forklift I need?

You’re right in asking this question because having the right forklift for your application and work environment is imperative for safety and productivity. And, the line of Toyota Forklifts is extensive. If you don’t know which forklift you need, don’t worry. Every Toyota Forklift dealer has salespeople on staff who are qualified to do a site survey at your location. The site survey will identify the forklift, or forklifts, that will be best for you and your business based on your unique needs.

7 :: Tell us what should an operator do when operating the forklift truck?

☛ Know the recommended load limit of the forklift and never exceed it.
☛ Know how to assess the weight of the load to be lifted.
☛ Do a visual and operational check of the forklift at the start of the shift.
☛ Always inspect and wear any seat belt or operator restraint device/system when these devices are available on the forklift truck.
☛ Know how to properly enter and leave the vehicle.
☛ Be familiar with the route for travel.
☛ Look ahead for any obstructions or restrictions that might be in the path you are going to travel (e.g., slippery floors, items in the path, weight restrictions for floors, dock or bridge plates, elevators, etc.).
☛ Check for adequate overhead clearance before raising the load.
☛ Operate a forklift smoothly when stopping, starting, lifting and tilting.
☛ Know the blind spots of the lift truck with and without a load.
☛ Use corner mirrors, back-up alarms, buzzers and warning lights to help prevent collisions.
☛ Communicate with workers who are nearby so they understand where you plan to travel.
☛ Keep pedestrians away from a forklift in operation. Operate with extreme caution when near pedestrians.
☛ Stop when anyone crosses the route being travelled. Lower the load to the floor, and wait until clear.
☛ Operate at a safe speed, taking into consideration all conditions.
☛ If loading another vehicle (e.g., transport truck), verify that the load wheels on the other vehicle are chocked before driving into the space.
☛ Use proper procedures when travelling on inclines or ramps.
☛ Ensure that the fire exits, stairways, and fire equipment are not blocked by the truck or the load.
☛ Wear leather gloves when moving or shifting loads or when checking skids.
☛ Wear fully laced safety boots to give impact protection when moving loads or skids and to provide ankle support when mounting and dismounting lift truck.
☛ Remain alert and prepare for the unexpected.
☛ Note anything that affects the normal operation of the forklift and tell the supervisor immediately.
☛ Keep hands, arms, head, feet and legs inside the confines of a moving forklift.
☛ Stay in the truck in case of overturn.
☛ Report any collisions, damage or near-miss incidents to a supervisor immediately.

8 :: Tell us what is a forklift?

The Worksafe code of Practice defines a powered industrial lift truck as a vehicle drawn or propelled by mechanical, electrical or manual power, designed incorporating a powered lift principally to lift carry or stack goods by means of a fork consisting of one or more arms which support the load; or a platform or; any attachment or other mechanism. Without limiting this definition this includes forklifts, order pickers, side loaders, reach trucks, pallet trucks, platform trucks, straddle trucks and lateral trucks. While this definition does not include straddle carriers, much of this code of practice is applicable to that equipment.


☛ Qualified Operators– Drivers must have proper training and licensing to operate material handling transportation equipment. According to OSHA, only trained and authorized personnel may operate forklift equipment.
☛ Daily Inspections– Forklift trucks require daily safety checks as well as inspection prior to use. Trucks that aren’t functioning properly should be removed from service.
☛ Consider the Operating Environment– Forklift routes should always be inspected for hazards such as loose materials, low overhead clearance and unstable loading ramps and bridge plates. Avoid bumps, holes and wet areas. Train tracks, elevators and ramps should be navigated carefully.
☛ Don’t Overload the Forklift– Operators should understand the load capacity for the forklift and be sure not to overload it.
☛ Maintain Load Stability– Operators should inspect all loads for balance and stability. Loads need to be symmetrical with a low center of gravity. When driving on ramps, loads should be higher than the body of the forklift. Forklifts should be driven up ramps but driven down in reverse.
☛ Maintain Visibility– Loads should be short and carried low to the ground to avoid restricting driver visibility. The forklift can be driven in reverse to improve visibility. A lookout may be needed to navigate around corners or when high stacks are necessary.
☛ Follow Company Safety Rules– Forklift operators should obey all company regulations concerning material handling. They should also use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), follow the speed limit and fasten their seatbelt.
☛ Caution in Pedestrian Areas– Forklift drivers should exercise extreme caution when navigating pedestrian areas, intersections, corners, stairways, exitsand entrances.
☛ Refuel Safely– Forklifts should be refueled at designated locations with the engine turned off and while avoiding open flames and sparks.
☛ Shutting Down– If left unattended, forklifts should be parked in designated areas with the parking brake applied and keys removed from the ignition.