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February is American Heart Month

February 1, 2016

Poor diet, lack of exercise and other major risk factors for heart disease and stroke are responsible for at least 25 percent of companies’ healthcare costs. Is it any wonder that investing in the health of employees is one of the best... Read more about February is American Heart Month

Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you! #130

January 18, 2016

As easy as it is today, cleaning the floors were as difficult and time consuming years ago. There are in today’s market, equipment that make sweeping and/or scrubbing that surface very quick indeed. Take the Advance Captor as a very good... Read more about Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you! #130

Are you treating your customers like dogs?

December 15, 2015

Having recently been introduced to a shameful statistic, I thought it timely to give you my opinion on this subject. See if you can swallow this dose of reality: When interviewed, travel agents believe they retain 78% of their paying customers.... Read more about Are you treating your customers like dogs?



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Employer Confusion

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

By: Forklift Safety Training Services, Inc.

Most employers throughout the U.S. are demanding previous forklift operator training or certification from individuals making application for employment who want to operate forklift trucks. The OSHA Federal Regulation, CFR1910.178 para. (L), Operator Training, Powered Industrial Trucks, clearly and repeatedly states that it is the employer’s responsibility to train and evaluate each operator regardless of previous experience or prior training. All training and evaluations must be site and equipment specific. The word CERTIFICATION rares its “ugly head” only one time in the OSHA Powered Industrial Truck Regulation. It states: “Certification. The employer shall certify THAT each operator has been trained and evaluated as required by this paragraph (L)”. The above word, THAT, implies the process. The process being that the present and current employer is certifying to OSHA THAT each operator has been trained, tested, evaluation and authorized (again, site and equipment specific).

During an OSHA audit or investigation, the employer, in most cases, will be required to provide certification. The certification shall include the name of the operator, the date of the training, the date of the evaluation(s), and the identity of the person(s) performing the training or evaluation. If OSHA finds the employer to be non-compliant or in willful violation, severe OSHA fines and penalties can be imposed. In the event of an injury or death accident, consider the implications of a liability lawsuit if you, the employer, are not in compliance or the accident resulted from an employer’s willful violation or gross negligence.

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

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