Do You Really Need Certified Forklift Safety Training? Better Safe Than Sorry!

A parent wouldn’t hand off the keys to a brand-new sports car to their teenager on his or her sixteenth birthday, turn them loose on the road, and just hope for the best. That would prove to be a safety risk of epic proportions to the driver, passengers, other drivers, pedestrians, as well as, to the vehicle and surrounding property.   Of course, a parent would have made certain that their child had completed the necessary education and training requirements to become a licensed driver first.

Likewise, an operator of any piece of industrial equipment must be trained and certified by an Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA, compliant program.  The investment in the certification of employees has huge payoffs, and cutting corners could prove costly.

Not only does OSHA require that anyone who operates a forklift to undergo forklift operator safety training, it is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that each and every industrial truck operator is capable and trained and that only trained operators are permitted to operate the specific piece of equipment that they will be operating.  Doing so, will benefit the entire operation.

Neglecting this essential training can result in unnecessary hardship for your operation, such as injured workers, damaged product and equipment downtime.

Benefits of Forklift Training

Operator Safety:

Operators of forklifts often are tasked with having to align the brute force of powerful forklift equipment with the precision of the operation, and having a properly trained operator can prevent many injuries.

Pedestrian Safety:

Navigating a work area can be tricky when industrial equipment is in use, so it is essential that operators are trained to ensure that coworkers and others walking through a facility are safe from accidental contact resulting in injury.

Decreased Liability:

Clearly, any accident within a facility is a liability for the business owner, but an accident that results in injury or property damage that is caused by an improperly trained or negligent operator is even more of a headache, and the situation is preventable.

Improved Life of Equipment:

Damage to forklift equipment can be much more costly than is the investment in an OSHA certified forklift safety training program. It makes more sense to pay upfront on operator training than on the repair and downtime of your equipment.

Increased Productivity:

Let’s face it, having an operator who is knowledgeable and competent with the equipment they are operating reduces unnecessary time trying to troubleshoot for someone who makes mistakes due to lack of training.  Tasks are completed more efficiently and without errors, resulting in smoother operations and increased productivity.

Shoppa’s Material Handling, your premier Toyota Forklift dealer, doesn’t take safety lightly.  We know how important the safety of your operations and equipment is to you and that most warehouse accidents can be avoided through a combination of safety equipment and OSHA certified training.

While Toyota lift trucks offer an impressive line-up of built-in safety features which allow for the equipment to perceive factors that could lead to forklift instability and automatically take corrective action to avoid environmental factors, it’s still essential that a lift truck operator employ best practices when operating the equipment.  To equip operators with this kind of know-how, they are required to be trained and certified through an OSHA certified safety training.

At Shoppa’s, we’ve got you covered with a variety of safety training programs that are flexible enough to meet your specific needs, including:

On-site Training:

These four-hour courses are designed with the student in mind and are scheduled during your employees’ normal workday. Training will be conducted on-site and will be tailor suited to educate students on the equipment presently being used at your facility. Upon successful completion of the program, operators will be issued a wall size certificate of completion issued as mastery of the program/course.  Most important that proof of training can be found onsite in the case of an audit or OSHA inspection.

Train the Trainer Programs:

This six-hour course is designed to enable your managers to deliver OSHA compliant safety training to your employees. Once the course is completed, newly certified trainers will receive a complete training kit: USB or DVD videos, operator training manual, trainers guide, and wall size certificates of completion.

Aerial Training Programs:

No matter the operation or aerial equipment being used, Shoppa’s can proficiently train operators to operate equipment safely and to effectively avoid falls, electric shock, entanglements or contact with other objects or ceilings, tip overs and more.

Investing in an OSHA certified forklift safety training program is a small price to pay for peace of mind.  Contact Shoppa’s today to request a certified training program that best suits your needs.

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  1. Patrick Ross
    Patrick Ross says:

    I like what you said about getting a certificate after completing forklift training. My sister has been telling me about how she wants to improve her resume in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with her so that she can look into her options for forklift training.


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