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The legislative information contained on this web site is my interpretation of the law based on many years in the health and safety business. A definitive interpretation can only be given by the courts. I will therefore not be held responsible for any accident/incident/prosecution arising as a consequence of anyone using any information obtained from this web site.

Forklift written test. Try 20 questions here

forklift written testThe questions below are samples from the real forklift operator written test which was valid from April 2000 to September 1st 2017.

There is now a new written test which MUST BE used by September 1st 2017 on ALL training courses and may be used at any time before that during 2017. It will be used for the forklift operator of the year competition for example.

All of the new test questions, complete with answers, are available here. You can view these in over one hundred languages by pressing the "select language" button at the top, right of the page.

There follows twenty multiple choice questions taken from the forklift written test which is currently in use. You have to get 80% to pass on a training course. Test yourself here. The test is in two parts. After you check your result you will be taken to the next ten questions. I will update this test with the new questions later in 2017.

  1. In order to lift a laden pallet safely the fork width should be adjusted so that:

  2. They are as close together and central
    Spread as far apart as possible
    Spread so there is an equal weight on each fork arm

  3. If a load appears to be stacked unsafely and in danger of collapse the forklift operator should:

  4. Attempt to re-arrange the load or stack
    Pick up the load carefully and travel with extreme caution
    Leave the load alone, cordon off the area and inform the supervisor/manager

  5. The lift truck should normally be driven:

  6. At a speed consistent with the type of load and general working conditions
    At a speed to maintain production and pressures of work
    Slowly and deliberately to avoid all potential hazards

  7. When sounding the horn you should give a few sharp blasts, this is because:

  8. Several short blasts will cause less nuisance to others than one long continuous one
    Several short blasts will attract more attention than one long continuous one
    Several short blasts will reduce unsympathetic use of controls

  9. When leaving the machine the key should be switched off and removed. This is:

  10. To ensure the machines power has been switched off
    To prevent the machine from moving
    To prevent un authorised persons from using the machine  

  11. What is the main purpose of the overhead guard?

  12. To protect the operator if loose items such as boxes etc are dropped from height
    To stop the operator being crushed in the event of a truck tipping over
    To protect the operator if a full load is dropped onto the truck

  13. When a laden lift truck is being driven on a ramp/incline the load should face:

  14. Uphill
    Either direction

  15. The Health and Safety At Work Act applies to:

  16. The employer
    The employee

  17. The ideal way to pick up a pallet is:

  18. A. As far forward as possible so that the forks do not protrude at the front
    B. With the wider face of the pallet up against the forks
    C. With the narrow face of the pallet up against the forks

  19. A truck has a rated capacity of 2000 kg at 500 mm load centre. This means:

  20. That it will safely pick up a load of 2200 kg providing the load centre is reduced
    That it will safely pick up a load of 2200 kg providing the load centre is increased
    That it will not safely pick up a load of 2200 kg.

Click "Grade Me" to continue on to the second part of the forklift written test then click "Give me more" for another ten questions.

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