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by teaching correct methods of avoiding accidents
REDUCES PRODUCT DAMAGE
by teaching best load handling techniques
REDUCES EQUIPMENT DAMAGE
by giving instruction in correct operation and handling
REDUCES LOST TIME
by reducing accidents, and unplanned work stoppages
INCREASES OPERATOR CONFIDENCE
by showing correct methods of operation
by increasing operator skills
INCREASES EMPLOYEE MORALE
by showing management’s concern for employee health
by ensuring compliance with the OSHA Forklift Standard, 1910.178
Fork, counterbalanced (cushion/solid tires)
Fork, counterbalanced (pneumatic tires)
Employers must conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of the forklift training by conducting an evaluation of the operator’s driving performance and/or ability after the in-class and practical training has been conducted.
Powered industrial truck accidents cause approximately 100 fatalities and 36,340 serious injuries in general industry and construction annually.
It is estimated that 20 - 25% of the accidents are, at least in part, caused by inadequate training.
Since a large percentage of accidents and fatalities were due to operator inexperience, OSHA mandated that operators must be trained and competent.