Bring it back to basics

If you sometimes find the rules and regulations surrounding forklift operation hard to fathom (are they all written by lawyers?), try this refreshingly simple summary from Canada’s Natonal Occupation Health & Safety Centre Resource. 

http://www.ccohs.ca/headlines/text16.html

Here you will find a safety checklist and basic guidelines to safe operation.  Of course not everything in your environment may be covered but it is a great starting point.  Needless to say, reading this does not constitute training which is why site and equipment specific training is so important.