Do i need a class 5 B.C drivers license to operate a forklift or other mobile equipment at work ?2021-09-14T09:22:23-07:00

The short answer is NO, in normal everyday conditions within a workplace / job site.

It’s only when an operator chooses to drive on public roadways, pulling themselves away from the safe parameters of the workplace that a class 5 drivers license and full road insurance coverage is required. But if the operator stays within a “coned zone” or is accompanied by a traffic control worker (or other safe means) than no license or road insurance is required.

Why am i getting in trouble at my workplace when the WorkSafeBC regulation isn’t even that strict ?2017-07-25T17:48:39-07:00

When it comes to safety at the workplace in B.C, there are many different tiers that dictate how we work safely on site. WorkSafeBC regulations are simply one tier. Keep in mind, regulations are a baseline minimum level of safety, NOT A MAXIMUM.

You can potentially have at least 5 levels of safety at the workplace

1. Worksafe regulations

2. CSA standards

3. Unions / Organizations

4. Your own companies OH&S policies

5. The workplace / site policies

How the laws are written, if any one of these levels has a “more safe” rule in writing, it becomes the level of safety you’re required to adhere to. This should NOT be confused with a supervisors personal opinion or preference. The standards/policy and safety regulatoins MUST be written with legislative/owner/manager or designated appointee approval.

What if i need training in multiple things ?2017-07-25T17:44:19-07:00

We know time is money in any industry so we have a number of ways to save you both.

As you can see, we do offer a combined Aerial Lift course (Scissor / Aerial Boom) that can be done in a single day.

We also offer a couple variations of Combined Forklift courses where participants receive training in multiple classes of forklift (Class 1, 4, 5 & 7) or (Class 1, 2, 4, 5) or more if required.

Another common combination is Aerial Boom and Fall Protection.

With our 2 in 1 deal we can host almost any 2 of our programs in one 6-8 hr day which saves you time & money
(plus makes you eligible for a 10% discount off the combined rate of both courses.)


Why aren’t prices listed on your website?2019-01-28T17:43:09-08:00

Our prices are based on a “cost per session” tier scale. the rates are dependent on the number of participants, discounts (if applicable) and any special requirements required by you, the client.

We don’t display costs because there is simply too many variables involved to hold the rates at specific numbers.

We’d love to go over pricing for your specific needs so please, contact us today to get your specific quote.

Keep in mind, we will ALWAYS be the most competitive with our 5% price beat guarantee (to similar, mobile training facilities).

We do value every trainee that sits in our programs. It’s our belief that quality sells itself. Our programs are very in depth and thorough, we are not in the business of quick cash-for-cards. We’ve had seasoned veterans come through our courses and learn new things and that’s our goal. We ensure all of our trainees leave with no unanswered questions so when you invest with Clockwork, you can be sure you’re getting training that exceeds all requirements.

If I have a beard or stubble, can I wear a respirator ?2019-01-29T14:41:56-08:00

NO. All manufacturers and local legislation stipulates that a person must be clean-shaven in order to properly wear a respirator. Workers with facial hair can wear a mask called a P.A.P.R, (portable air purifying respirator) but these units can be quite expensive.

Load capacity decals, how do I read them properly ?2017-07-17T09:12:30-07:00

These decals are usually a combination of text and pictures that tells occupants the weight AND number of workers allowed on the machine at one time. Neither of these parameters can be exceeded even is the other is under rated. Meaning, if the machine is rated for 500lbs and 2 people (usually illustrated by the number of “stickmen” on the decal) that means both workers weight gets added to that 500lbs capacity. If both workers weight 200lbs each, that leaves 100lbs of capacity for tools, material and anything else needed for the job. if you have a 1000lbs machine with (2) 200lbs workers you’ll have 600lbs of leftover capacity. This does not mean you can add a 3rd person. If the decal only indicated 2 workers, legally you cannot have a third or fourth person onboard, even if the weight restriction hasn’t been met. If the machine does not have the required capacity limits, a larger machine should be obtained.

How do I check the hydraulics on my machine ?2017-07-17T09:11:42-07:00

When doing a pre shift inspection there are 2 different requirements to checking the machines hydraulic systems. The first is to check the hydraulic fluid levels in the reservoir, this is done by looking a fluid level window or dipstick.
The second requirement is to physically observe each hydraulic cylinder on the machine. This is done by fully extending them and viewing the where the shaft meets the cylinder. If any fluid is found on this shaft (or the seal is visually broken) that cylinder needs to be serviced.

I’ve had training on these things before, why do I have to keep getting recertified? Seems like a money grab to me2017-07-17T09:10:24-07:00

Although training facilities like ours do get paid for our services, the recertification is vital for a couple of reasons :

  1. Legislation / regulations change ALL THE TIME. From year to year things can get updated and changed. In the event of a WorkSafe inspection our motto is, “Dumb answers get more dumb questions”. If you can’t provide the necessary answers to an officer, chances are they’ll dig a little deeper.
  2. Complacency sets in rather quickly. Even in todays workforce with eyes everywhere, people can get into bad habits that put themselves or others in danger.
How high should my forks be while I’m driving around the workplace ?2017-07-17T09:09:37-07:00

As low as possible. Usually this is 1-3 inches off the ground. There are exceptions to the rules (getting around certain things, tight spaces etc.) but forks should be no higher than a person’s ankles when in motion in normal driving conditions.

What should I do if the unit I’m using has missing or illegible load charts ?2017-07-17T09:07:05-07:00

Tag it out and DO NOT USE IT. Load charts are an essential part of the telehandler forklift. If these charts are missing you, as the operator have no way of knowing what your capabilities are.

I’ve been told I have to re new my WHMIS, how come?2017-07-13T15:33:36-07:00

YES, by 2018 anyone working with or around hazardous chemicals will have to update their training due to the new system developed in conjunction with the GHS. WHMIS ’88 will be valid until 2018, but thereafter all training MUST be updated to the new WHMIS ‘15

Is fall protection equipment required to operate a scissor lift?2019-01-28T17:37:20-08:00

There is NO written WorkSafeBC regulation requiring the need for fall protection equipment during operation however, if it site policy, or standard at the workplace OR the scissor lifts guardrails are down when the platform is above 10ft occupants of a scissor lift MUST wear the equipment.

Is the double figure 8 knot acceptable to used with occupational fall protection equipment?2017-07-13T15:21:17-07:00

NO, as far as Clockwork Safety & Equipment Training research has shown, no WorkSafeBC regulation or CSA standard gives any mention to this knot. It is our assumption that this consensus came from the rock climbing protocols which do NOT parallel into occupational fall protection. Let it be known that the only knots mentioned for legal use at the workplace are the positive stop (termination) knot near the bottom of a vertical lifeline and prusik (rope grab) knot.

Does a forklift course allow me to operate all different types forklifts?2017-07-25T17:42:23-07:00

NO. Unless partaking in a “combined forklift” course, operators must take part in different training programs for the different the classes of forklifts.

Is fall protection equipment required to operate an aerial boom lift?2017-07-13T15:16:22-07:00

YES, properly fitting in a harness with an appropriately sized lanyard is required 100% of the time during operation of a boom lift, even if the lift is only moved a few feet.

Do I REALLY need training on all this stuff?2017-07-13T15:16:07-07:00

There are local, provincial and federal regulations (and standards) mandating the requirement for adequate training for all the programs we offer.

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