If you run a warehouse, it is almost a guarantee that there will be forklifts in use to pick your product. We all try to keep processes as safe as possible, but one area that is often overlooked is forklift training. Do your drivers need to be certified to operate a forklift?
The simple answer is yes. OSHA requires all forklift drivers to be certified since it is a dangerous job by nature. Forklift accidents can cause damage, injury, and death. They are heavy pieces of machinery that are capable of toppling over your storage systems, destroying your inventory, and injuring or killing personnel that is caught in the way.
By making sure your employees are trained to use a forklift, you could be saving yourself a lot of money, besides ensuring employee safety. First of all, your operators will be less likely to damage pallet rack and other equipment, which could damage your product and lose you money. Second of all, if there was an accident and your drivers were uncertified, you could be fined by OSHA. There is also the possibility that insurance could refuse to pay a claim in that situation.
Having employees that are going to be operating your forklifts go through the training is beneficial for everyone. It makes your warehouse safer and can save you time and money. For more information on forklift training and certification, check out the OSHA website.