Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can also be used to raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers. Powered industrial trucks can either be ridden by the operator or controlled by a walking operator. Over-the-road haulage trucks and earth-moving equipment that has been modified to accept forks are not considered powered industrial trucks.
What are powered industrial trucks?
What are the hazards associated with operating powered industrial trucks?
There are many types of powered industrial trucks. Each type presents different operating hazards. For example, a sit-down, counterbalanced high-lift rider truck is more likely than a motorized hand truck to be involved in a falling load accident because the sit-down rider truck can lift a load much higher than a hand truck. Workplace type and conditions are also factors in hazards commonly associated with powered industrial trucks. For example, retail establishments often face greater challenges than other worksites in maintaining pedestrian safety. Beyond that, many workers can also be injured when (1) lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks; (2) lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer; (3) they are struck by a lift truck; or (4) they fall while on elevated pallets and tines.
Forklift Safety Training Courses
There are many different types of powered industrial trucks. Each type presents different operating hazards. Determining the best way to protect workers from injury largely depends on the type of truck operated and the worksite where it is being used. Employers must ensure that each forklift operator is competent to operate the forklift safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and evaluation specified in 29 CFR 1910.178 (I) (1).
OSHA estimates tens of thousands of employees are either injured or killed annually due to forklift accidents. Our programs are designed to not only help you stay in compliance with OSHA’s regulations in regards to this topic but also keep your employees safe.
Our forklift programs will cover topics such as:
About The Course:
The Forklift Operator Safety Training is designed by an expert in the field, who students can interact with, ask questions, and receive guidance. This is real training, from a real person.
The training covers the required subjects of 29 CFR 1910.178, and provides the hands on paperwork required to get fully certified to operate all types of powered industrial trucks.
Once your course is complete you can:
- Complete hands on evaluation with current or future employer
- Fill out the included forklift operator resume addendum
- Email verifiable certificate directly to supervisor or employer
Think Safety Always is dedicated to helping clients achieve a safe workplace. In order to accomplish this goal, a world class occupational safety and health program with onsite training must have total management, leadership, and employee involvement. Safety must be management’s highest priority. Production should never be so urgent that a company cannot take time to perform work safely. No matter where you are located, we bring our training to you, nationwide! We offer both English and Spanish classes.