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So you’ve been using forklifts for years. You’ve used a variety of forklifts with success, and have never had an incident. Why should you have to take part in forklift training again? Research shows that many forklift related fatalities and injuries could be prevented with better training. Refresher training covers different forklift varieties and new technology, as well as reminds users of compliant and safe use, which often slips from the mind over the years. OSHA estimates that forklifts cause about 85 fatal accidents per year and an additional 34,900 accidents that result in serious injury. Forklift training could abate these numbers.

To stay in compliance, OSHA requires the following of companies using Powered Industrial Trucks (the term OSHA uses for all types of forklifts):

  • Companies must provide a multitude of training, including classroom and hands-on courses.
  • The trainer must have sufficient knowledge and training to teach the sessions.
  • Training must be site specific and equipment specific. This means that equipment used on site but each individual must be covered in the training.
  • All personnel who operate equipment must be trained with the forklifts.
  • Complete refresher training must be provided every 36 months.
  • Refresher training must be provided in the event of any forklift related injury.
  • All training, exams, and evaluations must be documented and maintained.
  • Training must cover 100% of OSHA forklift regulations.

Do you have questions about lift regulations and training? Does your dealership need training? Contact KPA at


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