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.
CLASSES ARE SCHEDULED FOR THE THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH
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.
Norlift JCB will host demos on JCB tracked and wheeled Teleskids at Wittkopf Landscape Supply on October 16 and at Horizon Distributors on October 17. Both demo days will run from 7:00-11:00 a.m. Come out and see what this compact skid steer with a telescopic, single arm boom can do. In addition to Norlift construction equipment representatives, the JCB West Region Compact Product Sales Manager and Teleskid specialist will also be there to answer your questions.
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WHAT TO DO AFTER A SPILL
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.
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.
Reprint from TOYOTA FORKLIFTS BLOG