A powered industrial truck is defined as a fork truck, tractor, platform lift truck, motorized hand truck, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines.
Powered industrial trucks, often called forklifts or lift trucks, can be ridden or controlled by a walking operator.
As you can see in the photo at the right, forklifts have been around a long time and they've gone through some significant design improvements.
Even though 75% of forklift drivers are considered properly trained, every year over 100 workers are killed and 35,000 are seriously injured in forklift mishaps. Many forklift-related incidents, over 30%, involve pedestrians, not operators. In fact, the #1 most common accident is hitting or running over a pedestrian.
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This course is not designed to be a substitute for OSHA-required hands-on forklift operator training in the operation of specific forklifts. The course does not include safety regarding compressed air or nonflammable compressed gas-operated industrial trucks, farm vehicles, vehicles intended primarily for earth moving, or over-the-road hauling.
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1. 29 CFR 1910.178, Powered Industrial Trucks, OSHA. (2014).
2. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014a). Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool.
3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2002). Forklift Safety, OR-OSHA.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Ergonomics and Cumulative Trauma Injuries: The Basics.
5. Washington DOSH, Washington DOSH Publication F417-031-000. (2007). Forklift Safety Guide.