Forklift Operator Job Description

A forklift operator is a person who drives a forklift truck.

The operator usually stands on the forklift and controls the forks of the vehicle.

They must be able to operate the forklift safely and productively.

To operate a forklift, the operator must have knowledge of, and adhere to, the U.


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards and regulations.

Forklift operators must be trained for the type of forklift they will be using, and also for the type of work they will be doing.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Forklift Operator to help us move some heavy equipment around the warehouse. If you have experience operating a forklift and are available for the next few weeks, please let us know.

Forklift Operator Duties:

  • Perform the loading and unloading of freight
  • Lift, place, or pull materials, tools, or equipment of varying weight or size
  • Pass materials to or from machine
  • Push or pull materials, tools, or equipment of greater weight or size
  • Stack materials, tools, or equipment, using various lifting and grasping methods
  • Use a variety of hand and power tools such as saws, hammers, and screwdrivers
  • Establish and maintain worksite safety procedures

Forklift Operator Responsibilities:

  • Must possess a current Department of Transportation (DOT) forklift certification (with at least two years of experience operating a forklift)
  • Ability to operate a forklift in close quarters
  • Ability to lift, pull, push, and position materials weighing up to 3,000 pounds

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Requirements And Skills:

  • Operate a variety of forklifts in warehouse, distribution center, and production operations
  • Assist in receiving, storing, and shipping materials
  • Supervise warehouse workers and direct their day-to-day activities
  • Comply with safety, health, and environmental policies and procedures
  • Maintain warehouse inventory records
  • Assist in special projects and other duties as assigned

At Company Name, we're committed to creating a diverse and inclusive team. We encourage applications from people of all races, religions, national origins, genders, and ages, as well as veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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