Powered industrial trucks, commonly known as forklifts, are often used at ICG to move lumber, trusses, and other materials. There are various types that are used to move the necessary material at given locations. Whether used on a job site or in the plant, every operator needs to be certified before operating a powered industrial truck. For those that are not certified, they need to be trained on how to work around a powered industrial truck to prevent accidents.
The Training department is in the process of building a proprietary program for ICG employees to be trained on the importance of safety around powered industrial trucks and aerial lifts. This program is a part of the core safety subjects that every new ICG employee will be presented with before working in the field or plant. The program will be using OSHA standards and have a focus on sit-down forklifts, as they are the most common powered industrial trucks at ICG. Although the in-house training will not certify employees to operate a powered industrial truck or aerial lift, they will be used to prevent an unsafe situation as well as refresh certified employees to parallel their certification classes.
The training will cover the basics of a forklift and the functions as well as the steps to operating a forklift. The training will primarily focus on traditional, sit-down forklifts and job site telehandlers. Every employee will be trained on how to inspect a powered industrial truck, at the start of every shift. This will help prevent potential safety hazards or mechanical failures that could easily be found before the machine is in use. Once the powered industrial truck has passed the inspection, each employee will be trained on how to properly drive the truck. This includes, lift limits, driving with pedestrians, transporting loads, and being aware of limited visibility. Forklifts can be more than 3x the weight of a car, which is why it is imperative that only a certified employee be allowed to operate a forklift. They also need to be trained on how to properly lift and move large or awkward loads.
The Training Department will also have training on aerial lifts such as scissor lifts and telescopic boom lifts. These machines will have similar training on how to inspect the machine before use. There will also be additional training on how the driving mechanics are different to other lifts and what the lift capacities are for the type of lift being used. With this training, we hope to keep safety at the forefront of the minds of every operator and bystander alike.