What training does OSHA require before a person may operate a forklift?
OSHA regulation 1910.178(l) deals with the training requirements for forklift operators. This training must include what dangers the forklift operator may encounter. The training must be site-specific to the equipment and the job site. In other words, a forklift operator must be given training specific to the forklift he or she will be using. The operator must also be given safety training specific to the job site, whether it is a warehouse, dock or other location. This training must be done before the operator is permitted to work on the job site.
Operators are required to receive both classroom and practical (hands-on) training and pass a practical "hands on" test of the operator's performance driving the forklift. More information may be found by looking at OSHA regulation 1910.178(l) pertaining to operator training.
Safe operation of forklifts
Various accidents, including collisions and tip-overs, are common but can be avoided by following simple safety guidelines. Forklifts should be inspected by operators before each shift. Safety equipment such as a horn, seat belt, and lights must function. Hydraulic lines, tires, and basic operation of the machine should be checked. Checklists are a good way to ensure a pre-shift inspection is completed.
During use, forklifts should be operated at a safe speed so that the driver can bring the machine and load to a stop safely without striking another forklift or person. The driver should keep a lookout at all times, sound the forklift's horn when approaching intersections or turns, keep the forks and load low toward the ground while driving, and always wear a seat belt. The forklift should never be loaded beyond its lift capacity.
The supervisor of any job site where a forklift is being used must enforce safety requirements in order to help prevent accidents and injuries.
Forklift accident attorney John Mattiacci
Philadelphia forklift accident lawyer John Mattiacci is familiar with the extensive regulations involving the training of forklifts and the operation and use of forklifts. If you or a family member have been injured in a forklift accident, contact Philadelphia accident lawyer John Mattiacci today for a free consultation.
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