Total Equipment Training – Forklift Operator Training
The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) estimates forklifts cause roughly 85 fatal accidents per year. All told, over 11% of all forklifts in the United States will be involved in some kind of accident each year. However, OSHA estimates that nearly 77% of all reported forklift accidents could have been avoided with proper training.
OSHA Forklift Training Requirements
Forklift operators are regulated under OSHA 1910.178, Powered Industrial Truck. In this standard, OSHA requires all employers to develop and implement forklift operator training programs for the employers before driving a forklift, no matter how small of part operating a forklift is for their job duties. OSHA requires that forklift training programs include:
- Fundamental principles of proper forklift operation
- Potential hazards of utilizing a forklift in the workplace
- General OSHA safety standards for powered industrial trucks/forklifts
How to Become a Certified Forklift Operator
Proper training is the key to preventing accidents and injuries. OSHA requires all operators to receive training that consists of a combination of formal training (e.g., classroom, interactive computer training, written material), and practical training, including evaluation (hands-on evaluation by a qualified instructor). In addition, refresher training is required at least once every three years.
Total Equipment Training’s Forklift Program meets all OSHA requirements and the U.S. Department of Labor. Our forklift training program includes:
Classroom Forklift Certification Training
- OSHA 1910 and all applicable parts
- Inspection of the unit
- Personnel safety – drive and pedestrians
- Federal and manufacturer’s rules
- ASME B30.10, PCSA Rules and Regulations
- Operator manual
- Equipment Components
- Operator Aids
- General Equipment Safety
- Standard hand signals
- General characteristics of the unit
- Principles in operation
- Equipment considerations
- Load safety
- Preventive Maintenance
- Understanding the equipment
- Pre-operational inspection
- Operating modes
- Controls and/or remotes
- Major cause of accidents
- Review and written tests
Hands-on Forklift Certification Training
- Personal protective equipment
- Control familiarization
- Traveling with the load
- Fueling the unit
- Pre-operational inspection
- Operation of equipment in common functions
- Load handling
- Placing the load
- Secure the equipment
- Operate controls
- Skills Test and Evaluation
How Often Do Forklift Operators Need to be Retrained?
According to OSHA Standard 29 CRF 1910.178(I)(4), refresher training is required to be conducted when forklift operators are found to be operating unsafely, involved in an accident or near miss, and when there are changes in equipment or work environment. In addition, OSHA requires an evaluation at least once every three years of each forklift operator’s performance.
Are Your Employees in Need of Forklift Operator Training?
At Total Equipment Training, our forklift certification trainers are experienced, thorough and the best in the industry. Our effective and efficient approach to forklift operator training sets us apart from other training programs. We bring our training program to your site, saving you time and money. In addition, our on-site forklift training can be customized to meet your organization’s specific needs. If you’re interested in one of our training programs, contact us today!