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Telehandler - Operation & Safety v3.1.1H5 (SSRTFL)

A telescopic handler, also known as a telehandler or rough terrain forklift, can be challenging to operate. As its boom and load extends farther from the operator's compartment, this type of machine can become very unstable. Extending the loaded boom also decreases the machine's lifting capacity. On top of these factors, telehandlers often work on uneven ground, which can contribute to instability. That is why it is critical that telehandler operators are trained in the safe, productive operation of these versatile machines. The telehandler can also go by the name of teleporter, reach forklift, or boom lift. It is often used in the construction industry for lifting pallets and moving heavy loads to high areas.

During this course, we will discuss the telehandler and the important role it plays on the jobsite. And, we will provide you with the knowledge to help reduce operating and maintenance costs.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:
• Understand the role a telehandler on a job site.
• Learn how to protect the safety of yourself and others while operating the machine.
• Identify components and controls.
• Learn how to complete a pre-use and post-use inspection.
• Learn the basics of operating a telehandler, including how to start up and shut down the machine.


Lesson 1: Introduction
• Discussion of the importance of reading the operator’s manual.
• Overview of the telehandler’s safety notices.

Lesson 2: Safety
• Discussion of operator safety.
• Discussion of refueling procedure.
• Discussion of proper mounting and dismounting of the machine.
• Discussion of the importance of knowing weather considerations and environmental hazards.
• Discussion of what to do in the event of a rollover.

Lesson 3: Components
• Description of telehandler components.
• Description of telehandler controls.
• Discussion of instrumentation and gauges.

Lesson 4: Pre-use Inspection
• Discussion of the importance of a pre-use inspection.
• Description of how to conduct a proper pre-use inspection of the machine.
• Description of function testing.

Lesson 5: Operation
• Discussion of center of gravity and stability factors.
• Discussion of operation with and without outriggers.
• Discussion of capacity charts.
• Discussion of loading charts.
• Description of lifting loads.
• Discussion of the effects of momentum.
• Discussion of working with attachments.
• Description of moving loads.

Lesson 6: Start Up and Shut Down
• Description of start-up, parking, and shut-down procedures.

Final Exam – 20 question exam with incorrect response feedback

Trainers: Before you begin classroom or field training, why not provide your trainees with a solid foundation of knowledge about the equipment and how to operate it safely? This e-learning training course can be delivered anytime, anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection.

Overall Course Specifications:
Estimated length of training program: 1 - 2 hours + final test
Number of test questions: 20
Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes, with person's name, date, and test score
Final Exam Feedback report: Yes
Language: English
Narration: Yes

Immediate online delivery for one person - viewable for up to 60 days
  • Introduction
  • Safety
  • Components
  • Pre-use Inspection
  • Operation
  • Start Up and Shut Down
  • Final Exam
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed