Lift Truck Training
Lots of industries utilize powered industrial trucks for material handling. In the recycling business, internal combustion powered forklifts are popular. Lift truck operation requires well trained operators. Training is a requirement within North America, and for a very good reason. A forklift could inflict serious damage to property or personal injury if not operated safely. A loaded forklift can weight three times as much as a motor vehicle. Lift trucks are responsible for a large percentage of industrial accidents, either as the primary or the secondary source of the accident. Reports of injuries or fatalities involving operators or pedestrians are all very commonplace.
Employers must develop and apply a training program for operators based on four factors: the types of vehicles being utilized in the workplace, the general principles of safe truck operation, the general safety requirements, based on OSHA and the certain hazards of the workplace. Training includes both practical and formal components. At the training's completion, operators must pass an assessment showing they have the ability to properly operate a truck. OSHA also requires that operators of powered industrial trucks should be trained in certain specified topics which apply to safe lift truck operation.