Forklift Operator Training- Total Equipment 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 now has the authority to fine you $7,000 for every untrained forklift operator, and this can increase to $70,000 if the violation was proven to be “willful”. Protect your employees from unnecessary forklift accidents with forklift training and certification from Total Equipment Training. Forklift training can save an employee’s life because one of the most common forklift accidents happens when the forklift overturns, and employees are either hit or crushed under the lift. Most of these types of forklift accidents can be avoided if employees are properly trained in forklift operation, and have received OSHA certification.

100% OSHA Compliant 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 the following:

  • General safety requirements using the OSHA standards for all types of vehicles used in the workplace
  • Focus on the employee’s knowledge and skill in operating the forklift or other vehicle safely
  • Fundamental principles of proper forklift operation
  • Potential hazards of utilizing a forklift in the workplace
  • General OSHA safety standards for powered industrial trucks/forklifts

Our forklift training consists of several modes of teaching:

  • We use lectures based on OSHA/ASME regulations, interactive, site specific, practical training.
  • We use practical training on your equipment by conducting demonstrations and exercisesthat are site specific
  • Before you let an employee operate a forklift, as an employer you must that the employee is competent to operate a forklift safely.

Your Employees Must Complete Refresher Training in the Following Situations:

  • The forklift operator was involved in either an accident or near-miss incident.
  • Someone reported the employee operating the forklift in an unsafe manner.
  • During an evaluation, it was determined that the employee needed training.
  • You have made changes in your workplace that affect forklift operation.
  • Your employee has not been trained to operate a forklift safely.

OSHA requires Forklift refresher training every three years.

How to Become a Certified Forklift Operator?

Proper training is the key to preventing accidents and injuries. OSHA requires all operators to receive Forklift 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 Forklift Certification training is required at least once every three years.
Total Equipment Training’s Forklift Operator Training Program meets all OSHA requirements and the U.S. Department of Labor. Our forklift training program includes:

Classroom Forklift Certification Training

You know your employees need to learn how to safely drive a forklift so that you comply with OSHA standards. But you want a class that is convenient and won’t interrupt your operations. Our forklift classes offer unbeatable convenience because your employees can learn how to drive a forklift at your workplace, on your equipment! Our teachers come to you and our training is customized to meet your employees’ needs

  • OSHA 1910 and all applicable parts
  • Applications
  • 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

Our forklift training program has a hands on component that covers exactly how to safely drive a forklift and your employees will have the ability to practice and learn from our instructors on your equipment at your facility and on your timeframe.

  • 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

We Offer 100% OSHA Compliant Forklift Operator Training in Following States:

DelawareMarylandNew JerseyNew YorkOhioPennsylvaniaTexas, and Virginia

Why Forklift operator training is Required?

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.

Do you have any Question on Forklift Operator Training Program or Forklift Certification?

Contact Us now or find your answer here:

  1. How Long Does it Take to Get Forklift Certification training? – It usually takes a day or two to complete Forklift training and receive a certification because our class contains around six to eight hours of classroom and hands on training at your facility.
  2. Do all forklift operators need to be certified? – As of 2018 you must now comply with OSHA forklift training certification rules or be fined between $7000 and $70, 000 for every untrained forklift operator violation.
  3. Are there different certificates for different forklift types? – There are seven different classes of Forklift equipment and certifications for each. They include Electric Motor Rider Trucks, Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks, Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks, Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Solid/Cushion Tires), Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Pneumatic Tires), Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors and Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks.
  4. How much does it cost for forklift operator training? – we have written about the real cost of training here: https://totalequipmenttraining.com/the-real-cost-of-training/
  5. What are the benefits to forklift certification training? – Your employees will be more confident and efficient, your shop floor will be safer, your company will be in compliance with OSHA regulations, and your employees will benefit with a better skill set that will earn them higher hire wages and better opportunities in the future.

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!