Powered Industrial Trucks (Lift trucks, Forklifts)

Forklifts are powerful and dangerous. Workers must be 18 years old and well-trained before they can drive them. Employers must ensure all drivers are trained, evaluated and retrained as required.

Forklifts are powerful and dangerous. Workers must be 18 years old and well-trained before they can drive them. Employers must ensure all drivers are trained, evaluated and retrained as required.
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Powered industrial trucks include but are not limited to: forklifts, order pickers, motorized pallet jacks, and cargo haulers. Powered industrial trucks allow workers to move and organize materials, and can either be driven or walk-behind.

Powered industrial trucks can expose workers to hazards such as:

  • Being struck by
  • Moving parts
  • Falls
  • Tip overs
  • Falling objects or materials
  • Carbon monoxide from exhaust
  • Contact with corrosive battery acid

These hazards could lead to serious injuries that can result in hospitalization or death.

Employers can eliminate hazards by implementing a writtenAccident Prevention Program and a Chemical Hazard Communication program, and ensuring operators are trained on each type of powered industrial truck per the manufacturer's specifications, and specific job and site hazards.

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