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Forklift fatalities are prevalent in manufacturing, construction, and trade, transportation and utilities. Employers must ensure forklift operators complete the training and evaluation specified in OSHA regulation
29 CFR 1910.178(l)(1).
According to OSHA,
"National Safety Council local chapters, private consultants with expertise in powered industrial trucks, and local trade and vocational schools are some available resources."
Learn more about training options directly from OSHA.
OSHA regulations regarding lift trucks do NOT apply to:
Determining how to protect workers depends on the type of truck used and the worksite,
according to OSHA. Here is an overview of OSHA forklift training regulations:
In 2014, 57 people were killed when a forklift was the primary source of injury, and 32 people died when it was a secondary source. In 2013, forklift injuries involving days away from work affected about 100 out of every 10,000 full-time workers.
In addition to the emotional toll these deaths and injuries take on families and loved ones, there are also direct and indirect costs to employers.
NSC provides forklift training to fit your needs. Discover the benefits of training with the NSC Lift Truck Operator course.
OSHA provides a list of frequently asked questions.
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