Lift Truck Training
For handling materials, there are many kinds of industries which make use of powered industrial trucks. In the recycling business, internal combustion powered forklifts are popular. Lift truck operation requires well trained operators. Training is a requirement in North America, and for a really good reason. A forklift can cause serious damage to property or personal injury if not used safely. A forklift which is loaded could weight three times as much as a car. Lift trucks are accountable for a huge percentage of 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 too commonplace.
A training program for operators must be developed and applied by employers. What's more, the program must be based on four factors: the general principles of safe truck operation, the types of vehicles being used in the workplace, the general safety requirements, according to OSHA and the particular hazards of the workplace. Training combines both formal and practical parts. At the training's completion, operators must pass an assessment showing they have the ability to operate the truck properly. OSHA also requires that powered industrial truck operators must be trained in certain specific subject matters that apply to operating a lift truck safely.