Every year, OSHA states that there are over 90,000 forklift incidents, with around 100 of those fatalities and with more than 20,000 injuries annually. Many of those ae preventable with proper safety precautions but there are numerous reasons for forklift accidents; bad sight lines, blind zones, noise, people wearing hearing protection, back end swing radius, workers in the wrong location, driving off loading docks, struck by falling loads and more. Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials which 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.
OSHA 1910.179(I)(i) states powered industrial truck operators shall receive initial training and as well OSHA 1910.178(l)(4)(iii) requires that an evaluation of each powered industrial truck operator’s performance shall be conducted at least once every three years. The training must consist of the following topics, except in topics which the employer can demonstrate are not applicable to safe operation of the truck in the employer’s workplace.
Some of the topics discussed:
- Operating instructions and warning/precautions for the types of forklifts the operator will be authorized to operate.
- Differences between the forklift and an automobile.
- Pre-operation inspections.
- Vehicle capacity, stability, and operating limitations.
- Stacking and unstacking loads.
- Ramps and other sloped surfaces.
Along with all other important topics related to the safe operation of a forklift.
Pinnacle Training Solutions provides extensive training for your employees so they may better understand how to safely inspect and operate forklifts to help prevent or minimize any or all of the accidents described above. The training consists of a classroom portion, a written test and a hands on evaluation. Each candidate must pass both the written test and the hands on portion in order to become a “Qualified Forklift Operator”.
PTS will tailor a program that will specifically meet your company’s needs that will allow your employees to perform the task at hand safely to help prevent and/or eliminate accidents.
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