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Letter from the President – 12/24/13

Just because you asked…

Here is the scoop about forklift refresher training.

The answer is a simple one. An evaluation of an operator’s performance must be conducted (1) every three years or before, (2) that if the operator is found to be operating unsafely, (3) have been in an accident or near miss incident, (4) received a poor evaluation, (5) or when there are changes in the workplace or type of forklift used.

Forklift operators are regulated under OSHA 1910.178, Powered Industrial Trucks. OSHA estimates forklifts cause roughly 85 fatal accidents per year. So, over 11% of all forklifts in the United States will be involved in some kind of accident each year.

Proper training is the key to preventing accidents.

The employer must keep a copy of the hands on evaluation in each employees file, and they must be accessible to an OSHA compliance officer during an inspection. Failure of an employer to provide the certification records under these conditions would be cited under OSHA 1910.178(l)(6).

Don’t let your company be part of next years’ statistics. Call today and make sure you are in compliance… Not only with your forklift initial training and refreshers, but all heavy equipment operator training, crane inspections, and NCCCO certifications.

Call today for your free estimate at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date,

Barb Fullman




About Barb

Barbara Fullman, CEO of Total Equipment Training.