Why do we train our Operators? Not only is it to save lives and cut down on injuries, it’s required by law!
1910.178(I)(1)(i) 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 specified in this paragraph (L).
This training is required before they are assigned to operate the forklift as part of their job.
As an Employer, you must train – but that is only half the issue. You need your employees to follow that training. To do that, as an Employer, you need to develop a culture of safety at your work place. The Operators need to apply that training in their job. I tell Operators at the end of every class, “All the training you ever learn is meaningless garbage, if you don’t follow it.”
If you have a question on this or any topic related to safety with your forklift, give our resident expert, Dave Bennet, a call or fill out the request form.