Mousetrap deaths are now the top workplace killer, and the easiest way to avoid them is to always wear your seatbelt while operating a forklift.  OSHA confirms that tipping accidents are the leading cause of fatal accidents in the workplace.  In most fatal forklift accidents, the operator is “mousetrapped’ between the ground and the lift truck while trying to flee the tipping vehicle.  Remember, if your lift truck should begin to tip, hold on with both hands, brace yourself with your legs and lean away from the direction you are tipping.

For more information, visit Mitsubishi Forklift Briefing.

Make sure your workers always wear an operator restraint or seatbelt at all times – challenge those who do not.
Invest in driver training – and refresher courses – ensuring a safer workplace.

Operator Safety Training

We sometimes hear it referred to as Forklift Safety Class.  No matter what you call it, it is the first step in a safe workplace that has powered lift trucks in operation.

Statistics show that there are approximately 85 deaths in the U.S. annually, that are directly related to the careless operation of Powered Industrial Trucks. Consequently, on December 1, 1999 the Operational Safety & Health Act (OSHA) (WISHA followed in March of 2000) enacted new laws requiring all employers to train every employee who operates such equipment.

Class sizes are limited and classes fill quickly
Call 800-666-1774 or 509-535-1776 for more details
or register at www.norlift.com/operator-training.php


Forklift Training Classes at NORLIFT

Operator Safety Training consists of (3) three separate phases:

1st:  An operator must receive formal (classroom) training; and demonstrate that the operator understands all of the safety elements required to operate a powered industrial truck.
2nd:  An operator must receive practical (hands on) training on the type of equipment used “on the job”. The operator must be able to demonstrate the safe operation of a powered industrial truck.
3rd:  All operators must be evaluated by a supervisor of their own company. Operators must demonstrate that they can safely operate the exact type of equipment used “on the job”.         This evaluation must also be done in a work environment that matches the operator’s specific duties and functions.

    Our professionally trained instructors perform a 3 – 4 hour training program targeting all of the following elements:

–  Daily equipment safety inspections
–  Truck applications
–  Types of equipment, and data information placards
–  Weights and balances, and de-rated load capacities
–  Refueling and maintenance checks
–  General safety rules – pedestrians, hazards and seat belts
–  Operation on loading docks and trailers
–  Traveling over uneven terrain, on ramps, and other obstacles, and many other vital safety issues

The cost of the class is $115.00 per person. We also offer a “Train the Trainer” option.



Warehouse spills should be anticipated and prevented whenever possible. But even the most careful warehouse manager or operator can have a spill happen on their watch. Specific advice about what to do in the middle of a spill will ultimately depend on what you spilled. But there are some general things to keep in mind after a spill has occurred that can help you clean up and prevent the next one.

Steps to Take After a Spill

Assess What Happened:
Determining the cause of a spill is important to determine the cause and rectify the issue before it occurs again, but also so that you can determine what you need to take into account during clean up. What was spilled? Where was it spilled? Why was it spilled? All of these questions can help you to assess what needs to be cleaned up in the facility.

Think about where you forgot to clean:
It’s easy to remember to clean the floor surface after a spill. But have you thought about where else you need to clean? If you spilled a liquid, this could have splashed onto warehouse racking, product, or a lift’s forks. These are definitely safety hazards that can cause slipping of materials when they’re being handled. If you spilled something that scattered, be sure to check under racks and other warehouse storage systems. Loose materials are slipping hazards for both associates and forklifts.

Be Proactive:
I know. It’s really not helpful to say “well, in hindsight, you should have….” I can’t stand the guy who says that. That guy is a jerk. But in this case, one of the best ways to prevent the next spill is to learn from the current spill and be proactive. Make sure you have clean up stations with all the proper cleaning solutions, signage, and PPE available for associates to clean the area. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) must be available and accessible for reference. If you’re working with hazardous materials, make sure you have protocols in place in case you have a spill.

Recertify Operators:
After a near miss or accident, have operators recertify (it’s actually an OSHA requirement). This will mean that they need to train again on proper operating procedures to help prevent possible spills in the future.


Forklift Safety Infographic

Here’s a great infographic from the experts at Toyota Material Handling detailing some safety best practices, in addition to Toyota’s innovative System of Active Stability.

An important note: 20% of forklift purchasers consider Toyota forklifts to be the safest lift trucks with the least amount of safety related incidents, compared to the closest runner-up which scored 15%.

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Forklift Operator Safety Training

Is safety on your list of priorities? If your business includes working with heavy equipment like forklifts, it ought to be. OSHA law 1910.178 requires all employers to certify their forklift operators, and this certification must be renewed at least every three years. Non-compliance can cost you, with single violation fines of up to $7,000, and flagrant violations of up to $70,000.

Fortunately, Norlift offers fast and convenient Operator Safety Training classes which will provide get you or your employees up to speed with minimal downtime.  Classes take place in-house every third Thursday of the month, and prices are:

  • $95.00 per student for new driver training
  • $79.00 per student for renewal training

Phone number: (509) 535-1776

Norlift address: 512 N. Fancher Street, Spokane, WA 99212