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All Forklifts Are Not the Same: Why Training is Important

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Many incidents that occur with forklifts happen because the operator was not trained in the specific model and type of forklift they tried to use.

OSHA Standard 1910.178(l)(1)(i) states 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 [standard].
Emergency personnel responding to a fatal incident involving two construction workers killed when the forklift tipped over.
Emergency personnel responding to a fatal incident involving two construction workers killed when the forklift tipped over.

Incidents like this one can often be prevented by ensuring that all forklift operators have the proper training and ensuring all crew members, on and off the forklift, are always taking proper precautions around forklifts and on the jobsite. Click here to read the full news article >>

This was the scene at another forklift incident...

Two additional pieces of heavy equipment attempt to upright this forklift after the operator tipped it over. Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident.
Two additional pieces of heavy equipment attempt to upright this forklift after the operator tipped it over. Fortunately, no one was injured in this incident.

Incidents like these will happen if operators are not trained on the model and type of forklift they are attempting to use. Not all forklifts are the same!

Never attempt to use equipment you have not been trained to operate.

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