Industrial Lift Truck

Lift Truck Safety

"#6 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standard 2005 - Over 3,115 Violations Noted"

Lift Truck Operator Safety Procedures

American industry currently has approximately 1,234,245 operators using more than 998,000 powered industrial trucks. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that industrial truck accidents cause roughly 85 fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries annually. 20 to 25 percent of these accidents are attributed to insufficient training.

OSHA Safety Rules for Industrial Truck Operation

Effective March 1, 1999, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its requirements for powered industrial truck operator training (codified at 29 CFR 1910.178(l)) and issued new requirements to improve the training of these operators. The new requirements are intended to reduce the number of injuries and deaths that occur as a result of inadequate operator training. They apply to all industries (general industry, construction, shipyards, marine terminals, and long shoring operations) in which the trucks are being used, except agricultural operations.

Lift Truck Training

These provisions mandate a training program that bases the amount and type of training required on: the operator's prior knowledge and skill; the types of powered industrial trucks the operator will operate in the workplace; the hazards present in the workplace; and the operator'sdemonstrated ability to operate a powered industrial truck safely. Refresher training is required if: the operator is involved in an accident or a near-miss incident; the operator has been observed operating the vehicle in an unsafe manner; the operator has been determined during an evaluation to need additional training; there are changes in the workplace that could affect safe operation of the truck; or the operator is assigned to operate a different type of truck. Evaluations of each operator's performance are required as part of the initial and refresher training, and at least once every three years.


In keeping with this standard, Premier Safety offers a complete Powered Industrial Lift Truck Program and training, that mirrors the standard and provides the end user with a product that is clearly written, a standardized format, and is easy to maintain. 


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Fork Lift Operator Training Tri Annually

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