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