Prepare Your Workforce for 2020: Forklift Safety Training

Forklift incidents are an all too common concern in today’s workplaces. Implementing a safety plan for the operation of these vehicles is critical for companies as they plan their 2020 operations. Investing in forklift safety measures is far more cost-efficient after all than the fines and infractions given for violations.

Common forklift incidents include:

  • Tipping or overturning the machine
  • Not using a seatbelt
  • Striking pedestrians

Forklifts might be beneficial to productivity in the workplace, but they also present a number of risks that cannot go ignored. Providing any worker who must operate a forklift with the proper training is not only a good idea, it’s also necessary for compliance.

3 Things to Do Now

  1. Host Training Programs – Provide your employees with the opportunity to gain hands-on training and skills for the safe operation of forklifts at your job site. This can be done right on-site at your facility. Topics such as steering and maneuvering, visibility, fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations, and other topics should be covered.
  2. Mandate Operator Certifications – Cal/OSHA regulations require that all employers, “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 specified.”
  3. Have a Written Safety Plan– In addition to training and mandates, it’s critical to have a written procedure and policy for all staff to adhere to. These are key when disputes and injuries arise as well.

Schedule Forklift Training in Southern California

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