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Forklift Training

OSHA 1910.178


Forklift safety training is mandatory. We come to your facility and train your forklift operators on your equipment. It is the only way to meet the OSHA standard.


Forklift TrainingOn January 1, 2000, OSHA mandated that all new forklift operators must be trained, regardless of experience. All forklift operators, regardless of experience, must be evaluated for competency at least every three years. The new rules require that forklift training be specific to the equipment you operate and specific to the conditions under which the equipment is operated (site specific). This course meets 29CFR 1910.178.


Reasons for The OSHA standard

Each year, tens of thousands of injuries related to powered industrial trucks (PIT), or forklifts, occur in US workplaces. Many employees are injured when lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks, lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer, they are struck by a lift truck, or when they fall while on elevated pallets and tines.


Most incidents also involve property damage, including damage to overhead sprinklers, racking, pipes, walls, and machinery. Unfortunately, most employee injuries and property damage can be attributed to lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety-rule enforcement, and insufficient or inadequate training. 


We offer a comprehensive forklift training program for experienced and new forklift operators. Our training program covers 30 topics and is good for forklift operators in the manufacturing sector or yard environments.


This program teaches students everything from forklift engineering principles & operator safety rules to forklift maintenance and the importance of inspections. This program exceeds OSHA regulations; each student must pass a written test and performance evaluation as required by OSHA.


Participants receive a student workbook, a wallet card and certificate valid for 3-years (unless void by having a forklift accident, near miss or is observed driving recklessly). 


We are committed to reducing industrial and commercial lift equipment accidents. We offer all employers to have their forklift operator’s professionally trained and certified on the following types of lift equipment: 

  • Sit down counterbalance forklifts  
  • Narrow Aisle stand up reach & order picker machines  
  • Electric hand & rider pallet jacks  
  • Rough Terrain / Piggy back trailer machines  
  • Scissor lift platform equipment  
  • Trailer mounted lift platforms  
  • Aerial man platform lifting equipment  
  • Reach Boom Aerial lift equipment  
  • Reach Boom fork equipment 

OSHA Standard 1910.178


Operator training. 



Safe operation. 



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). 



Prior to permitting an employee to operate a powered industrial truck (except for training purposes), the employer shall ensure that each operator has successfully completed the training required by this paragraph (l), except as permitted by paragraph (l)(5). 

Refresher training is required when:

  • Unsafe operation is observed 
  • Accident or near-miss occurs
  • Evaluation indicates need
  • Different type of equipment introduced
  • Workplace condition changes 

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