What does a Lead Forklift Operator do?

A forklift operator is responsible for navigating a warehouse or construction area to move goods around. They are responsible for ensuring that the forklift is in good condition. A few of the main duties of a forklift operator are performing routine maintenance on the forklift, moving goods from one place to another, creating reports of lost or broken goods, and inspecting the forklift. They also have to follow all health and safety regulations. Some of the jobs titles that a forklift operator could grow into are operations manager and warehouse manager.

A forklift operator should have two years of experience in a warehouse setting as well as a high school degree or GED equivalent. One of the most important skills that a forklift operator will have is the ability to keep track of goods. Another skill is organization as the forklift operator will have to keep track of where all the goods are.

What responsibilities are common for Lead Forklift Operator jobs?
  • Keep track of the location of goods
  • Report any damaged or lost goods
  • Move goods from one location to another
  • Perform routine maintenance on the forklift
  • Ensure proper health and safety regulations are followed
  • Store the forklift back in the proper place
  • Ensure there is adequate gas in the forklift
  • Perform inspections on the forklift
What are the typical qualifications for Lead Forklift Operator jobs?
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent
  • Certified to operate heavy machinery
  • Ability to lift at least 50 pounds
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to follow proper safety procedures
  • Ability to pass a background test
  • Ability to maintain a safe working area
  • Knowledge of heavy machinery
  • Great organizational skills
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How much does a Lead Forklift Operator make near United States?

$46,235 /yr
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Aimia FoodsAimia Foods
FLT Driver
Aug 9, 2021

“The pay is not the best for a FLT driver and the chance for promotion within the warehouse is not great”

Forklift Driver
Jul 17, 2023

“Everyone was fun to work with...honestly no complaints...no drama if you just go in and do your job.”

Warehouse/Forklift Driver
Feb 6, 2023

“Great pay I'm $35 an hour just driving a forklift at the Nalco plant”

Masonite InternationalMasonite International
Forklift Operator
Oct 10, 2022

“I love the pepole i work with everyone works as a team n its a great company”

Red GoldRed Gold
Forklift Operator
Feb 17, 2023

“Horrible management everything relies on you was suspended and fired for doing nothing wrong got back pay for suspension for being wrongfully accused”

SIMOS Insourcing SolutionsSIMOS Insourcing Solutions
Forklift Operator/Receiver
Nov 5, 2022

“No pension & not the best health benefits (aflac) (I don't need them).”

307 Warehousing and Logistics
Forklift Operator
Dec 19, 2021

“Good Job Security because it warehouses corn biproduct made by both Tate & Lyle plants in Lafayette.”

Forklift Operator
Oct 22, 2022

“3 day work week is amazing and the people i work with are great!”

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