Lift Truck Training
A lot of industries use powered industrial trucks for material handling. In the recycling business, internal combustion powered forklifts are popular. Lift truck operation requires operators who are well trained. Training is a requirement in North America, and for a very good reason. A forklift could cause personal injury or serious property damage if not utilized safely. A forklift that is loaded can weight three times as much as a motor vehicle. Lift trucks are responsible for numerous industrial accidents, either as the secondary or the primary source of the accident. Reports of fatalities or injuries which involve pedestrians or operators are all too commonplace.
Employers must develop and implement a training program for operators based on four factors: the general principles of safe truck operation, the kinds of vehicles being utilized within the workplace, the general safety requirements, based on OSHA and the certain hazards of the workplace. Training includes both practical and formal components. At the training's completion, operators have 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 specific topics which is relevant to safe lift truck operation.