Forklifts can be a dangerous piece of equipment if they are not handled and maintained correctly. To prevent accidents in the workplace, OSHA requires that all forklift operators complete training and become certified to run these powered lifts. For businesses that use powered industrial trucks including forklifts, it is the responsibility of the employer to properly train and certify all employees before they operate the forklifts.
Your business must provide certification training that meets the standards OSHA put in place for forklift operators to minimize the opportunity for an accident to take place. If not, OSHA can enforce penalties including monetary fines or imprisonment if certain cases occur that warrant it. Once trained, forklift operators will need re-evaluations every three years to ensure the continuance of proper handling of their powered lifts.
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