Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can also be used to raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers. Powered industrial trucks can either be ridden by the operator or controlled by a walking operator. Over-the-road haulage trucks and earth-moving equipment that has been modified to accept forks are not considered powered industrial trucks.
There are many types of powered industrial trucks. Each type presents different operating hazards. For example, a sit-down, counterbalanced high-lift rider truck is more likely than a motorized hand truck to be involved in a falling load accident because the sit-down rider truck can lift a load much higher than a hand truck. Workplace type and conditions are also factors in hazards commonly associated with powered industrial trucks. For example, retail establishments often face greater challenges than other worksites in maintaining pedestrian safety. Beyond that, many workers can also be injured when (1) lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks; (2) lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer; (3) they are struck by a lift truck; or (4) they fall while on elevated pallets and tines.
It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and certified to do so.
Determining the best way to protect workers from injury largely depends on the type of truck operated and the worksite where it is being used. Employers must 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 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(1). For more information, please visit OSHA.
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Our Forklift Classes are currently only offered at our Westside office.
Are you currently an industrial or warehouse employee or do you need certification in order to earn more money? Take our forklift class today. Our Forklift training class for General Industry meets OSHA standards.
Our experienced operator forklift training is designed for the individual who already is knowledgeable with driving a forklift and needs certification or re-certification. Emphasis is given on OSHA regulations and Forklift Operations. Our longer (8 hour) forklift operator class is designed for those with no or limited experience. Students will learn the basic operation of the forklift, how to lift loads, how to unload, and how to manuever and park a forklift.
OSHA estimates tens of thousands of employees are injured or killed annually due to forklift accidents. Because of serious concerns about forklift accidents, injuries and deaths, OSHA updated its regulation regarding Powered Industrial Trucks. This regulation is 29 CFR 1910.178. Our Forklift and Safety Training course is designed to assist employers in meeting these training and safety requirements.
Please note: After completing your training at Florida training Academy, your employer will also evaluate your performance and ensure that you can operate a powered industrial truck safely.
Our OSHA compliant Forklift Operator Safety training program addresses the major areas needed to comply with the OSHA Forklift Standards including:
Your Forklift Operator Card will be valid for 3 years.
Click HERE to see our class dates, course fees, and to register for our next Forklift Operator Safety Training class. You can also call (904)551-0918 if you have additional questions.