OSHA Agrees - Training is Needed

Jun 02, 2016

Heubel Shaw training provides first-hand knowledge of forklift safety, operating standards and regulations set by OSHA.

According to the OSHA, approximately 70 percent of all forklift incidents in the United States could be avoided with proper safety training and policy.

Forklifts, which are the most common type of powered industrial truck, originated in the United States in 1917. Since then, annual US sales have grown to more than 190,000 units. Forklifts are used to lift, move and place materials throughout our economy, offering load capacities from a few thousand pounds up to 90 tons.  They are extremely versatile machines and operate in a wide range of indoor and outdoor environments.  A well-maintained forklift operated by a well-trained worker is critical to our country’s $165 billion material handling industry.

Forklift safety has many aspects.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces regulations governing the manufacture and operation of powered industrial trucks. The Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute, administers the development of consensus safety standards for manufacturing and using industrial trucks.  These standards reflect the considered judgment of industry, government safety officials, users, and private safety experts on issues of forklift safety.  OSHA has incorporated these consensus standards by reference into the federal regulations.  Updating the consensus standards and working to have them recognized in the federal regulations is an ongoing process.  But safety doesn’t come from writing good standards and regulations, it comes from knowing and following them.  In other words, it comes from awareness and commitment.  National Forklift Safety Day is about enhancing our awareness and renewing our commitment to forklift safety.

Our first time and continuing educational courses are proven effective every day. They enable you to establish organizational benchmark safety and performance standards through innovative instruction techniques that result in successful deployment of best practices when using Raymond forklifts.

From OSHA compliance and licensing, re-certification and Train the Trainer (if you want to conduct operator training on-site) to full technical, service and maintenance training, we have all of your forklift training needs covered. At Heubel Shaw, we train you to Expect the Unexpected. Lift Truck safety training isn't just a good idea, it is required by law and Heubel Shaw understands how imperative it is that forklift operator training requirements are met.

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