Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Powered Industrial Trucks

OSHA estimates that each year, tens of thousands of injuries related to powered industrial trucks (PIT), or forklifts, occur in US workplaces. Many employees are injured when lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks, lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer, they are struck by a lift truck, or when they fall while on elevated pallets and tines. Most incidents also involve property damage, including damage to overhead sprinklers, racking, pipes, walls, and machinery.

Unfortunately, most employee injuries and property damage can be attributed to lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety-rule enforcement, and insufficient or inadequate training.

It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and certified to do so.

OSHA regulations require forklift safety training to be completed before any may operate a forklift. Refresher training must also be completed at least every 3 years thereafter or as need because of an accident, near miss or a change in workplace conditions or equipment.

Training is most cost effective when it is conducted by an in-house trainer. Most employers have a supervisor, trainer or other person who has the knowledge, experience and training to utilize the National Safety Compliance forklift training program to train their company's employees.

For more information about forklift training, please visit the links included above or contact National Safety Compliance toll-free at 1-877-922-7233.