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Forklifts are used in numerous work settings, primarily to load and unload materials. Overturns are the leading cause of fatalities involving forklifts, and they represent 25% if all forklift-related deaths. In addition, these fatalities indicate that many employees and employers are not using or may be unaware of safety procedures and the proper use of forklifts. 


Training on the proper use of forklifts is important to help employees recognize common hazards and to reduce the risk of injury or death when operating such dangerous equipment. Forklift training is provided through the National Safety Council by a member of the Environmental Health and Safety Team. The training sessions usually include no more than 10 people and consists of classroom instructions, OSHA regulations, and job-specific hands-on driving skills so trainees have the opportunity to practice the job they will be doing. Forklift training is good for three years and is offered by request. 



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Useful Links

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