Forklift Theory Test

There are 20 questions and and answers in this CPCS forklift theory test. You need to score a minimum of 18 out of 20 to pass. You have 45 minutes to complete the test. Good luck!

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A To ensure it is the most recent model
B To ensure no employee uses it incorrectly
C To keep it freshly painted
D To keep it maintained and safe
Correct Answer: D To keep it maintained and safe
Explanation: Employers are required to keep plant safe and well maintained.
A Comply with the client's Method Statements
B Cooperate with the client's workforce
C Follow safe working practices
D Rush work to finish ahead of schedule
Correct Answer: D Rush work to finish ahead of schedule
Explanation: Working in a safe, cooperative and compliant fashion will foster good working relationships.
A Do not leave the engine idling
B Do not use it to lift hazardous materials
C Ensure to refuel the correct amount
D Ensure tyres are at the correct pressure
Correct Answer: A Do not leave the engine idling, C Ensure to refuel the correct amount, D Ensure tyres are at the correct pressure
Explanation: Ensure the tyre pressure is correct, do not leave the engine idling, and refuel carefully to avoid fuel spillages.
A Are the weather conditions suitable?
B Are there any overhead hazards?
C Is the load properly insured?
D Will a banksman be needed?
Correct Answer: A Are the weather conditions suitable?, B Are there any overhead hazards?, D Will a banksman be needed?
Explanation: Insurance of the load is not a top safety priority when large loads are being transported. Suitable weather, safe direction, and the absence of overhead hazards are.
A If the operator is in a FOPS-compliant enclosed structure
B If the operator is in an enclosed structure
C If there is no risk of falling materials
D Under no circumstances
Correct Answer: A If the operator is in a FOPS-compliant enclosed structure
Explanation: Hard hats must be worn under most circumstances - one exception is if the operator is in a FOPS-compliant enclosed structure.
A Contact between the oil and skin can cause skin problems
B Contact between the oil and skin can contaminate the oil
C Natural oils on the skin will react with the engine oil
D The engine may get hot to the touch
Correct Answer: A Contact between the oil and skin can cause skin problems
Explanation: It is important to wear gloves to avoid contracting skin problems through contact with the oil.
A Lift height
B Load capacity
C Load centre distance
D Serial number
Correct Answer: A Lift height, B Load capacity, C Load centre distance
Explanation: The serial number is not required here, but information about the vehicle's loading and lifting capabilities is.
A Debris could enter the cut, causing damage to the internal mechanism
B Debris could enter the cut, causing harmful gas to escape
C Debris could enter the cut, causing the tyre to rapidly deflate
D Debris could enter the cut, creating an ignition hazard
Correct Answer: C Debris could enter the cut, causing the tyre to rapidly deflate
Explanation: The tyre could rapidly deflate as a result of debris entering and causing the sidewall to fail.
A They are UV reflective
B They are clean
C They are correctly adjusted
D They are undamaged
Correct Answer: B They are clean, C They are correctly adjusted, D They are undamaged
Explanation: Mirrors must be clean, properly adjusted, and free from damage.
A A warden must be in place
B An exclusion zone must be established
C Signage must be put up
D The entire area must be evacuated
Correct Answer: B An exclusion zone must be established, C Signage must be put up
Explanation: An exclusion zone should be established so other individuals do not enter the hazardous area. This zone must have clear signage.
A 1.5 metres
B At least as distant as the depth of the trench
C At least as distant as the width of the trench
D Twice as distant as the depth of the trench
Correct Answer: B At least as distant as the depth of the trench
Explanation: Approaching a trench with heavy vehicles can damage the trench structure, and cause collapse. As a rule, maintain a distance from the trench that matches the depth of the trench.
A The forks do not engage properly with the pallet
B The load falls
C The operator becomes fatigued
D The truck tips over
Correct Answer: C The operator becomes fatigued
Explanation: An unstable forklift can create instability, and effect engagement with the pallet.
A The centre of gravity will shift backwards, and may cause the vehicle to tip
B The centre of gravity will shift downwards, and put additional pressure on the tyres
C The centre of gravity will shift forwards, and may cause the vehicle to tip
D The centre of gravity will shit upwards, and make the vehicle unstable
Correct Answer: C The centre of gravity will shift forwards, and may cause the vehicle to tip
Explanation: If you are operating a forklift truck facing downhill, any loads lifted will shift the vehicle's centre of gravity forwards. This may cause the vehicle to tip.
A Full UK Category A driving licence
B Full UK Category B driving license
C Full UK Category C Driving License
D Full UK category D driving license
Correct Answer: B Full UK Category B driving license
Explanation: A full UK license of category B is required.
Correct Answer: B 7.5 tonnes
Explanation: Under these circumstances, operators of a forklift under 7.5 tonnes must be at least 18. If the vehicle is over 7.5 tonnes, this increases to 21 years.
A Ensure a warden is in place to direct pedestrians
B Establish and provide signage for a safe pedestrian route
C Put in place a risk assessment and method statement
D Reduce all dust, noise, and fumes where possible
Correct Answer: B Establish and provide signage for a safe pedestrian route, C Put in place a risk assessment and method statement, D Reduce all dust, noise, and fumes where possible
Explanation: To minimise the risk to pedestrians, you must put in place the necessary risk assessment and method statement, minimise all pollutant and harmful substance exposure, and provide a safe route with clear signage.
A How expensive it is
B Its density
C Its distribution
D Whether it is wet or dry
Correct Answer: B Its density, D Whether it is wet or dry
Explanation: Many factors can affect the weight of a load - including its density, how wet or dry it is, along with its size.
Correct Answer: A 1000 metres
Explanation: A forklift truck cannot be driven for more than 1000 metres along a public highway under these regulations.
A If an attachment is fitted
B If it is defective
C If the load is lighter than the vehicle's rated capacity
D If the operator is in training
Correct Answer: A If an attachment is fitted
Explanation: An attachment, like a drum clamp, will have a lower Safe Working Load (SWL) / rated capacity than the forklift. The forklift must operate according to the SWL of the attachment, rather than its own higher one. This is known as 'derating' the vehicle.
A Apply the trailer brakes
B Chock the wheels
C Load the area at the front of the trailer first
D Load the area over the rear axle first
Correct Answer: A Apply the trailer brakes, B Chock the wheels, D Load the area over the rear axle first
Explanation: The trailer must be secure, meaning the brake is applied and the wheels chocked. It is best practice to load the rear axle area first.