What are powered industrial trucks?
Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can also be used to raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers. Powered industrial trucks can either be ridden by the operator or controlled by a walking operator. Over-the-road haulage trucks and earth-moving equipment that has been modified to accept forks are not considered powered industrial trucks.
What are the hazards associated with operating powered industrial trucks?
There are many types of powered industrial trucks. Each type presents different operating hazards.
For example, a sit-down, counterbalanced high-lift rider truck is more likely than a motorized hand truck to be involved in a falling load accident because the sit-down rider truck can lift a load much higher than a hand truck. Workplace type and conditions are also factors in hazards commonly associated with powered industrial trucks. For example, retail establishments often face greater challenges than other worksites in maintaining pedestrian safety. Beyond that, many workers can also be injured when (1) lift trucks are inadvertently driven off loading docks; (2) lifts fall between docks and an unsecured trailer; (3) they are struck by a lift truck; or (4) they fall while on elevated pallets and tines.
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What can be done to reduce the hazards related to powered industrial trucks?
Determining the best way to protect workers from injury largely depends on the type of truck operated and the worksite where it is being used. Employers must 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 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(1).
4 hour class is up to 15 students. In house $190.00 per student.
ESS Forklift Safety Training Re-Certification Course
Recert classes 2 hours up to 15 students $550.00.
house $190.00 per student.
On-Line Courses Available
$500.00 for on site training with customer provided scissor lift, up to 15 students for 2 hours.
$210.00 for in house training per student.
Take the time to make sure that your scissor lifts are inspected properly and that all operators and passengers know how to stay safe. It could make a huge difference in the end.Scissor lifts – a kind of work platform that moves only up and down – are very common. They can work pneumatically, hydraulically, or mechanically, but they all have the same general structure. They can also be very dangerous if you don’t know how to use them correctly. This is why scissor lift training is so very important to a safety workplace. According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Bureau of Labor Statistics (OSHA and BLS), a very high percentage of construction workers die from falls.
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