QUESTIONS ABOUT FORKLIFT TRAINING?
About OSHA Certified Forklift Training
Register for Forklift Operator Training
Q: Who must be trained?
A: Each and every forklift operator. This
means that full-time, part-time, seasonal, substitute, and
occasional forklift operators-regardless of experience-must be
trained. In other words, you cannot legally allow any one of your
operators, even experienced operators, to operate a powered
industrial truck until he or she has successfully passed the
required training and evaluation by a qualified instructor.
Q: Is general training adequate?
A: No. Your forklift training must be
site- and forklift-specific. There are too many differences between
forklift units and too many variables at each site to address
your specific safety issues in a general training program.
Q: What must the training program include?
A: A combination of formal and hands-on
training in a series of truck- and
workplace-related topics. Train the
Trainer course work must also include formal
instruction (lecture, discussion, interactive computer
learning, videos and written material) and practical training
(demonstrations by the trainer and practical exercises performed by
the trainer-trainee) with respect to record keeping,
establishing forklift safety policy in the workplace and teaching
Q: Why should companies comply?
A: Improper forklift operation is the
major cause of warehouse and plant accidents, which may
- Loss of Life and Limb: Powered industrial
truck accidents cause approximately 107 fatalities and 34,000
serious injuries each year.
- Lost Productivity: Employers lose an estimated
20,000 workdays annually due to lift trucks accidents.
- Risk of Litigation: Employers spend up to $42
million annually in accident-related litigation and
- Risk of Fines: If an accident occurs, an
employee makes a complaint, or an inspector drops in for a random
visit, you could be cited for an infraction and have to pay a
Click To Register for Forklift Operator Certification
& Training Course