What's the Risk of Not
Forklift or Powered
Industrial Truck safety training is a big issue and it should be; the monetary damages and loss of life that can
result from accidents with forklifts are staggering. Two recent payouts for forklift accidents included $750,000
to a worker who injured his back and another payout for $2.5 million to a victim whose foot was
Our safety training program consists of 30 topics and is
taught by professional trainers with over 18 years of experience in all facets of the forklift business. Our
classroom portion takes approximately 4 hours including video, classroom discussion and a written test. Everyone
must pass this test to continue to the hands on evaluation portion.
Our hands on
evaluations are done until your operator can demonstrate understanding and driving competencies or if they
can’t, they will not get a certificate.
Programs such as
this can help you improve your bottom line by reducing accidents, work disruptions and product or facilities
damage. According to industry studies, effective operator training can improve worker safety performance by up
to 70 percent or more.
"A lot of people
think that if they just go to some generic course and they're trained on the forklift, they're good to go," says
Patrick Kapust, safety and health specialist for occupational and safety health specialists at the Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
"But as part of
the standard, there are not only truck-related topics, there are also workplace related topics, where you need
to go over the types of conditions at the specific place where the truck is going to be operated," says Kapust.
"There could be blind corners, there could be ramps, and there could be traffic considerations and so
According to OSHA
Regulation 1910.178 "The employer shall ensure that each powered industrial truck operator is competent
to operate a powered industrial truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and
evaluation…" The regulation goes on to say that the training shall consist not only of formal instruction and
practical training, but also "evaluation of the operator's performance in the workplace." This means, if you’re
working with a training company and you send your employees to their facility to get certified, you haven’t met
the OSHA standard.
An important part
of the training is to go over whatever specific issues may be at your work site.
conditions that operators should be trained for must include:
· Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated;
· Composition of loads to be carried and load stability;
· Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be
· Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the vehicle
will be operated;
· Hazardous (classified) locations where the vehicle will be
· Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the
· Closed environments and other areas where insufficient
ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust; and
· Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental
conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation.
A lot of people
think that they can just order a CD and put someone in front of a computer and then that person is certified.
You better think again.
If an accident occurs and someone is injured, you better hope that your computer makes a good witness on the
stand in front of a jury.
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