Operator Training

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 be a lift truck; or (4) they fall while on elevated pallets and tines.

It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and certified to do so.

Be prepared for an OSHA safety inspection!

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 OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178.

We can help you get started with OSHA approved certification classes! We train and certify operators in safety training classes on-site specific to companies needs and dates. Operator training is offered at our facility on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. We offer:

  • Operator safety training for sit-down counterbalanced class and/or stand up narrow aisle class.
  • New Operator training
  • Refresher training (forklift operators must be certified every 3 years)
  • Pedestrian Safety-in-the-Workplace Training Seminars
  • Train the Trainer classes
  • Hispanic trainer/translator available upon request
  • National Safety Council (CRSC) Certified Trainers
  • Designated operator training course on-site at Atlantic Lift’s Training Center
  • Authorized OSHA/CATERPILLAR Training Materials in English and/or Spanish

The dates for Operator Training are as follows:

  • January 9, 2024
  • February 6, 2024
  • March 5, 2024
  • April 2, 2024
  • May 7, 2024
  • June 4, 2024
  • July 2, 2024
  • August 6, 2024
  • September 10, 2024
  • October 1, 2024
  • November 5, 2024
  • December 3, 2024


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