Forklift Operational Safety Is Vital
It goes without saying that forklifts, in the wrong hands, have the potential to be very dangerous pieces of equipment. Fortunately for workplace safety, forklift operators must go through comprehensive training and must operate under the direction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
According to OSHA regulations, all forklift operators must be certified on the specific equipment he or she is operating. Operators can’t pass once and consider their certification inviolable. Drivers must take training once every three years at least. Training can include classroom lessons, videos, live instruction, or lectures. Recent updates to regulations require that operators demonstrate their competency on both a written and driving demonstration test delivered by a certified trainer.
Smaller, fly-by-night operations may think they can skate by without the proper training, relying on common-sense ideas like “wear a seat belt” and “watch for pedestrians.” However, there are many potential risks that may be overlooked and which will be addressed in the training sessions. One forklift fatality occurs every three days in the United States. Like cars, forklifts can be deadly vehicles and must be driven with caution.
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