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Comprehensive Training – Key to Forklift Safety

Sunday, December 1, 2013

By: Forklift Safety Training Services, Inc.

Annually there are over 34,000 injury accidents that involve forklifts, more than 13,000 Workers’ Compensation claims are filed as a result of forklift accidents and 70 to 90% of all accidents are caused by operator error. Furthermore, unnecessary wear and tear resulting in higher maintenance costs are attributable to improper operation and poorly trained operators.

There soaring statistics can be significantly reduced by implementing a comprehensive training program to help reduce accidents, injuries, employer liability and maintenance costs, only to realize improved morale, productivity and efficiency.

The results (shown to the right), of a detailed study sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), found that proper training can improve operator safety and performance by as much as 70%.

Properly trained forklift operators are the responsibility of the employer, as clearly stated in the O.S.H.A. Federal Regulation 1910.178, and safe operating practices must be reinforced in the workplace on a daily basis in addition to the required training, testing, evaluations and employer authorizations.

The training program must include formal classroom instruction, written test and a driving evaluation or performance test for each specific forklift that the employee will operate. A periodic evaluation of each operator’s performance is required. Refresher or remedial training is required and the employer must check training to ensure that it is current.

For specific forklift operator safety training, refer to OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck Regulation Z9CFR1910.178, paragraph “L”, Operator Training.

For more information contact Forklift Safety Training Services, Inc., P.O. Box 60577, Boulder City, NV 89006-0577, Phone: 800/494-3225, 702/294-3970, Fax: 702/294-3973, or visit www.forkliftsafety.com

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