AMONG THE DOZENS of certified safety programs and courses offered by Safety Solutions & Supply are two that deal specifically with forklifts — those indispensable machines of warehousing, shipping, industry, manufacturing, and construction.
Given that, it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that our attention was quickly drawn to a headline and link we came across during recent trip around the World Wide Web. The headline is “5 Elements of Forklift Safety.” The link here points to an article in the October 2017 online issue of Safety+Health, the official magazine of the NSC Congress & Expo. NSC is short for National Safety Council, which has a home on the Web at www.nsc.org.
Without spoiling the article for anyone who wants to read it on his or her own — and we do recommend it as a thoughtful piece — the article has a subtitle of “Operators Balance Numerous Practices to Perform Work Safely.” It goes into some detail about the NSC’s five forklift safety elements of:
- Train for Safety
- Perform Checkups
- Know the Machinery — and the Rules
- Understand the “Stability Triangle”
- Know About Load Basics
The Safety+Health article is a nice and interesting supplement to the essential and professional forklift safety training offered by Safety Solutions & Supply and taught by our highly experienced and certified instructors. The courses we provide are:
- Straight Mast Forklift Training. (Find details here.)
- Extended Reach (Type 7) Forklift Training. (Find details here.)
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires all employers who own and use forklifts in their business to develop and implement an employee-operator training program based on the general principles of:
- Safe truck operation;
- The types of vehicle(s) being used in the workplace;
- The hazards of the workplace created by the use of the vehicle(s); and
- The general safety requirements of the OSHA standard.
According to the OSHA standard, forklift operators must know how to do the job properly and do it safely as demonstrated by workplace evaluation. Formal (lecture, video, etc.) and practical (demonstration and practical exercises) training must be provided.
To learn more about the safety training offered by Safety Solutions & Supply, go to https://solutionsinsafety.com/training/. You can find our current course schedule at https://solutionsinsafety.com/upcoming-events/. Our next forklift training courses are scheduled for Jan. 13 and 26.