Telehandler – Basic Operation and Safety
Telehandler – Basic Operation and Safety

Telehandler – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

You will learn basic operation and safety of the telehandler/telescopic/rough terrain forklift. The course introduces trainees to the basic skills of operating a telehandler as used in construction or mine site applications. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.


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This course includes online delivery for one person and a VISTA Training Certificate of Completion after requirements are met. It is viewable for up to 60 days.

  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary


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's why it's critical that telehandler operators are trained in the safe, productive operation of these versatile machines.

Course Topics

  • Lesson 1 introduces safety fundamentals for telehandlers, including operation, refueling, proper mounting and dismounting the machine, plus weather and environmental hazards.
  • Lesson 2 contains an in-depth discussion of the telehandler's center of gravity, stability factors, set-up, operation with and without outriggers, working on uneven ground and slopes, the effects of moving different kinds of loads from place to place, working with suspended loads and machine limitations. This lesson also explains how to read capacity charts, and it shares examples of what can happen if these important guidelines are not followed precisely.
  • Lesson 3 discusses components of the telehandler.
  • Lesson 4 helps define how to perform the all-important telehandler pre-use inspection.
  • Lesson 5 contains information how to safely operate the telehandler.
  • Lesson 6 helps the trainee understand proper start up and shut down procedures.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize telehandler features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to pre-use inspection and start up and shut down.
  • Identify the steps for safe, efficient and productive operation of the telehandler.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.