Fork Truck

General Background:

Fork Lift Operations are governed by OSHA and can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations Under 29 CFR 1910.178 Powered Industrial Trucks. There are over 1,000,000 Powered Industrial Trucks in the United States with over 300,000 operators. Fork Lifts are one of the most efficient ways to move incredibly heavy and difficult loads with ease and efficiency. Accidents and Injuries involving powered industrial trucks occur on a daily basis and the statistical review of these accidents have shown the majority of accident are caused not by the failure of the forklift but by the forklift operator.

The following course outline is designed to make new fork lift operators aware of hazards that affect the safe operation of the Forklift.

  1. Introduction
    1. Why it is important to receive forklift safety training.
    2. Common differences between driving a forklift and a car.
    3. Operator responsibility for safe and competent forklift operation.
  2. Accidents and Injuries
    1. Impact of forklift related accidents on the operator, company and industry.
    2. Common injuries related to forklift operation.
  3. Workplace Hazards
    1. Hazards associated with carrying unstable loads.
    2. Forklift operator behaviors that cause accidents and risk lives.
    3. Hazards associated with improper forklift selection.
  4. Hand on Exercise
    1. Demonstration of operator’s skills.
    2. Decision making capabilities.
  5. Worker Workplace evaluation by Competent Supervisor

NOTE: CSEM, Inc. may be contacted in the future to schedule a workplace evaluation of the Forklift operator in the work place. This segment of the OSHA requirement can be easily documented by the employer and is not included in this proposal but will be mentioned in training.

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