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Nashville and Surrounding Areas – Tennessee Forklift Training

Tennessee has numerous opportunities for forklift drivers. Industries you could find work include home improvement stores, warehouses, recycling and distribution centers. If you desire a position in one of these areas, you must be at least 18 years of age and be certified. Your chances will greatly improve should you acquire certification before applying for a job. Taking a certification program is affordable and will improve your chances of finding a well paying job.

The good news is once you take the plunge and get your credentials, they will be good throughout the entire US, Canada, and Mexico. That means if life takes you outside of Nashville, you’re still covered.

One of the reasons this training is so important is to keep you and the people around you free from harm. The fork on your vehicle can cause a lot of damage if used inappropriately. That’s why OSHA has taken such a strong stance on this. In fact, if you are found to be operating the vehicle without the proper license, you or your employer could be on the hook for up to $10,000 in fines.

As you go through the training program, you won’t find any surprises. You’ll be reviewing the different kinds of devices, safety and maintenance instructions, how to properly load and unload the fork, and more. If you really want to get a good feel for what you’re in for, you can take our complimentary quiz to see how much you already know.

Forklift Accident and the Importance of Safety and Maintenance

Several years ago a forklift accident in a warehouse setting left one casualty. The employee had his legs trapped under a steel beam that had fallen from a lift. Emergency crews had to use a crane to lift the beam off of the employee. Though the man was rushed to a nearby hospital, he later passed away due to the complications associated with the accident. He was only 39 years old.

Initially it was thought that a fallen crane was involved in the accident, but once an investigation was launched it was determined to be the spreader bar from the vehicle. OSHA was involved in the investigation and said it would take weeks before a final determination could be made.

Accidents and casualties in the workplace are avoidable by proper safety and equipment training. The first thing a driver should do is walk around the vehicle to make sure there is not a potential problem. Depending on the type of device being used, there are several checks that should be performed. Battery fluids and hydraulic oil needs to be checked, hoses checked for damages and leaks, tires checked for proper inflation and lug nuts for tightness, fuel, fire extinguisher, just to name a few. A more extensive list can be found here.

A machine that is defective, or unsafe, should be taken out of service immediately. All problems need to be recorded on the appropriate documents and reported to the supervisor. Never operate a machine that requires maintenance or is unsafe. All repairs should be made by authorized personnel, do not attempt to fix the problem yourself unless you are trained and have authorization. Preventative maintenance should be performed according to the manufacturer.

Ensuring operators learn the proper measures result in fewer injuries, unnecessary costs and prolongs the life of the forklift.

The Importance of Forklift Training

In a business which employs forklift drivers, you know the importance of training and certifying your employees. The reason for this training is to help an employee become a qualified operator with the knowledge and skills to safely use the device. This can be a dangerous machine if not operated carefully and with skill. With the various types, it is very important each employee is trained properly on the actual type he will be using where employed.

This training can either be provided by an in-house instructor or an external trainer. The trainer will issue a certificate, or other documentation, including your name and the date of your training. This training should include specific work related topics such as pedestrian traffic, hazardous material locations, proper ventilation, proper use of ramps, surface conditions, load stability, and any other work related items specific to the business. It should also include FL specific information such as the instruments and controls, steering, unit capacity, stability, engine operation, visibility, fork operations and limitations, maintenance, battery charging and fueling, and any other information covered in the operations manual.

When selecting your employees to be trained, keep in mind that they should be over the age of 18 and have the mental and physical abilities to perform the job. It is the employers responsibility to monitor the performance of their operators in order to assess whether a refresher course is required. If there is an accident, or an employee is seen driving the vehicle in an unsafe manner then it’s time for them to re-certify. Each employer must also re-certify its operators drivers every three years.

Drivers are always in demand. There are many employment opportunities that require FL certification. You can find employment as a driver in distribution centers, warehouses, lumber yards, grocery stores, home improvement stores and recycling facilities. Employers are more likely to hire those who have taken the initiative to complete a training program and receive their certificate. The only way to become a driver is to go take the course and learn the skills and safety requirements needed for this career choice.