When you work in the material handling business, it’s incredibly important to understand and respect the equipment you work with. These are complex and potentially dangerous pieces of machinery and those operating them must be prepared. This is why industrial truck training is not only recommended, but often required.
Companies are bound by law to educate potential forklift operators before they operate any industrial vehicle. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration has various guidelines that govern the certification of forklift operators. So, if you’re not employed by a material handling company, you must find another way to complete the training. Luckily, there are many OSHA-certified training programs throughout the country that can help. These courses are frequently provided by all of our branches on these days and times.
If you have been a certified forklift operator for many years, you will need to renew your certification every three years. Refresher training is also advisable after an accident or near-miss incident. Once any necessary training or evaluations have been successfully completed, your certification will be valid for three years.
Whether you receive your forklift operator certification from us or from your employer, it’s important to take away all the information you can from the course. That way, you can help assure that you and your company will be both safe and successful in the industry.