Why should you get Forklift training?

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklifts) are used in almost every warehouse, loading dock, industrial and construction setting.  Being a properly trained and certified operator not only provides you with numerous job opportunities, it’s also the law.  It is a violation of Federal law for anyone UNDER 18 years of age to operate a forklift or for anyone OVER 18 years of age who is not properly trained and qualified to do so.  Further, any operator who has been involved in an accident, near miss, or evaluation stemming from unsafe operation must be retrained; and any time the operator is assigned to a new type of truck or different work condition must be trained. (OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(4)).

What does USTC offer?

USTC can provide OSHA compliant training at your facility.  In accordance with OSHA Regulation 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(3), USTC will train on the following topics:

Truck Related Topics

  • Operating instructions, warnings, and precautions for the types of truck the operator will be authorized to operate
  • Differences between the truck and the automobile;
  • Truck controls and instrumentation: where they are located, what they do, and how they work;
  • Engine or motor operation;
  • Steering and maneuvering;
  • Visibility (including restrictions due to loading);
  • Fork and attachment adaptation, operation, and use limitations;
  • Vehicle capacity;
  • Vehicle stability;
  • Any vehicle inspection and maintenance that the operator will be required to perform;
  • Refueling and/or charging and recharging of batteries;
  • Operating limitations;
  • Any other operating instructions, warnings, or precautions listed in the operator’s manual for the types of vehicle that the employee is being trained to operate.

Workplace-related topics:

  • Surface conditions where the vehicle will be operated;
  • Composition of loads to be carried and load stability;
  • Load manipulation, stacking, and unstacking;
  • Pedestrian traffic in areas where the vehicle will be operated;
  • Narrow aisles and other restricted places where the vehicle will be operated;
  • Hazardous (classified) locations where the vehicle will be operated;
  • Ramps and other sloped surfaces that could affect the vehicle’s stability;
  • Closed environments and other areas where insufficient ventilation or poor vehicle maintenance could cause a buildup of carbon monoxide or diesel exhaust;
  • Other unique or potentially hazardous environmental conditions in the workplace that could affect safe operation.

Forklift training includes both classroom and hands-on instruction, followed by a written exam and practical evaluation.  A typical training course is completed during an 8-hour work day.  USTC will work with you to address any site-specific training needs to ensure employees have the best job specific training possible.  Actual training schedule dependent on the number of students and the extent of site-specific training.

Once training is completed USTC will provide each passing student with a Qualification Card, as proof of completed training (valid for 3 years).  Training may be required more often per facility specific requirements.  To pass the training, each student must obtain a 75% minimum score on the written exam and prove to be competent in the inspection, safe use, and operation of the Forklift during the practical evaluation.

Why is proper training critical for operators and those working around Forklifts?

The statistics are clear, Forklifts have a high accident rate!  Training is critical to prevent accidents and injuries on the job site!

  • In the U.S., 1 out of 6 of all workplace deaths are forklift related
  • There are more than 110,000 forklift accidents, leading to over 100 deaths every year.
  • 80% of forklift accidents involve a pedestrian.
  • According to OSHA 70% of forklift accidents could be avoided with standardized training and safety procedures.

National Institute of Standards and Technology  –“White Paper – Towards Improved Forklift Safety”


Being properly trained to work in and around a forklift is critical not only for the operator but also for those working around them.  Don’t become one of the statistics, work with USTC to obtain proper safety training for yourself and/or your employees.


Contact USTC today to schedule your Forklift Training!