What's the Risk?
Forklift or Powered
Industrial Truck safety training is a big issue and it should be; the monetary damages and loss of life that can
result from accidents with forklifts are staggering. Two recent payouts for forklift accidents included $750,000
to a worker who injured his back and another payout for $2.5 million to a victim whose foot was
Our safety training program
consists of 30 topics and is taught by professional trainers with over 18 years of experience in all facets of
the forklift business. Our classroom portion takes approximately 4 hours including video, classroom discussion
and a written test. Everyone must pass this test to continue to the hands on evaluation portion.
Our hands on evaluations are
done until your operator can demonstrate understanding and driving competencies or if they can’t, they will not
get a certificate.
Programs such as this can
help you improve your bottom line by reducing accidents, work disruptions and product or facilities damage.
According to industry studies, effective operator training can improve worker safety performance by up to 70
percent or more.
"A lot of people think that
if they just go to some generic course and they're trained on the forklift, they're good to go," says Patrick
Kapust, safety and health specialist for occupational and safety health specialists at the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA).
"But as part of the
standard, there are not only truck-related topics, there are also workplace related topics, where you need to go
over the types of conditions at the specific place where the truck is going to be operated," says Kapust. "There
could be blind corners, there could be ramps, and there could be traffic considerations and so
According to OSHA Regulation
1910.178 "The employer shall ensure that each powered industrial truck operator is competent to operate a
powered industrial truck safely, as demonstrated by the successful completion of the training and evaluation…"
The regulation goes on to say that the training shall consist not only of formal instruction and practical
training, but also "evaluation of the operator's performance in the workplace." This means, if you’re working
with a training company and you send your employees to their facility to get certified, you haven’t met the OSHA
An important part of the
training is to go over whatever specific issues may be at your work site.
Workplace conditions that
operators should be trained for must include:
· Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated;
· Composition of loads to be carried and load stability;
· Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be
· Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the vehicle
will be operated;
· Hazardous (classified) locations where the vehicle will be
· Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the
· Closed environments and other areas where insufficient
ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust; and
· Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental
conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation.
A lot of people think that they can just order a CD and put someone in
front of a computer and then that person is certified. You better think again. The OSHA standard clearly states that in 29 CFR
1910.178(l)(2)(ii): "Training shall consist of a combination of formal instruction (e.g., lecture, discussion,
interactive computer learning, video, written material), practical training (demonstrations performed by the
trainer and practical exercises performed by the trainee), and evaluation of the operator's performance in the
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Pulse America services the following communities in the Miami
Dade County Florida area:
Miami, Hialeah, Kendall, Coral
Gables, Miami Beach, Miami Lakes, Opa Locka, North Miami and Homestead, Dania, Doral, Hallandale,
Hollywood, Ft Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Lauderhill, Sunrise, Plantation, Weston, Miramar, Coral
Springs, Margate, Coconut Creek, Tamarac, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray,
Wellington, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Hobe Sound, Jensen Beach, Port St. Lucie, Fort