Lift Truck Training
For handling materials, there are many types of industries which utilize powered industrial trucks. In the recycling industry, internal combustion powered forklifts are generally utilized. Lift truck operation need operators who are well trained. Training is a requirement in North America, and for good reason. A forklift can cause personal injury or serious damage to property if not safely operated. A loaded forklift can weight three times as much as a car. Lift trucks are responsible for a huge percentage of industrial accidents, either as the secondary or the primary source of the accident. Reports of injuries or fatalities that involve operators or pedestrians are all too commonplace.
A training program for operators should be developed and implemented by employers. Furthermore, the program must be based on four factors: the general principles of safe truck operation, the types of vehicles being used within the workplace, the general safety requirements, based on OSHA and the certain hazards of the workplace. Training combines both formal and practical components. At the completion of the training, operators must 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 subject matters which apply to operating a lift truck safely.