Forklift Training General
Forklift Training General$20.00 USDA versatile machine found in almost every facility is the forklift, or powered industrial truck, as OSHA calls it. Although it is a very useful tool, the forklift is involved in many workplace injuries and accidents that cause property damage and machine downtime. These injuries and accidents are most often due to improper use. Therefore, OSHA mandates the training and evaluation of all operators on the safe and proper use of forklifts. OSHA estimates that there are 998,671 industrial trucks in use and that there are about 1.5 million operators. There have been, on average, 101 fatalities and 94,570 injuries annually due to unsafe powered industrial truck operation. OSHA estimates that the revised training requirements will prevent approximately 11 deaths and 9,422 injuries each year. Both OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics have data indicating that the largest cause of fatal or serious forklift accidents is vehicle tipovers. Other common types of accidents include being crushed between the vehicle and a surface, being struck by the vehicle, being struck by falling material, falling from a platform on the forks, and running the vehicle off of a loading dock or other surface. Most accidents are caused by errors, and studies have shown that better training reduces operator errors.