Forklift Safety: Learn the risks and precautions.

Powered industrial trucks, commonly referred to as forklifts or lift trucks, are involved in nearly 100 fatal accidents and 20,000 serious injury incidents every year. Forklift overturns account for approximately 25% of all forklift-related deaths and represent the leading cause of fatalities involving forklifts. However, most forklift accidents can be prevented through comprehensive safe operating procedures, strong safety-rule enforcement, and sufficient or adequate training.

Why does operating a powered industrial truck require different training than that used for teaching someone how to drive a typical car? Forklifts behave in very distinct ways; they are used for special purposes; and they are maneuvered in unique environments. In general, the following noteworthy characteristics make driving a forklift more difficult than driving a typical motor vehicle:

  • Steering from the rear
  • Swinging wide
  • Gross weight heavier than most cars and trucks
  • High center of gravity
  • Carrying heavy loads
  • Operating in tight places and on rough terrain
  • Complex controls and reduced visibility

In this new safety training course from LMS Courses, you will learn the different classes of powered industrial trucks along with the specific risks and challenges associated with operating them, including an explanation of how loads affect their stability and how to safely move a load. Please note that this eLearning course is not a replacement for hands-on training and subsequent skills test. Never operate a powered industrial truck if you have not trained on that specific type or model.

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