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3 Ways You Can Benefit from Distance Learning

Distance learning has become very popular with the advent of the internet, and training for forklift certification is now simply completed at your computer or on your Smartphone. What are the benefits of this when compared to travelling to a brick and mortar school and sitting in a classroom?

  1. The ability to access your instruction at a time and place that suits you is far more convenient than rearranging your schedule to go to a campus. You can study day or night, at home or on the go. You don’t need to wait in a line for registration.
  2. It is cost effective. Where can you get a comprehensive curriculum that meets the legal standards for less than $38? Yes, that is all you have to spend to get your accreditation to drive an industrial truck. The safety video explains the handling techniques and daily inspection requirements that prevent mishaps and keep your vehicle in tip top shape. The fee is paid electronically on a secure website for your protection.
  3. The entire educational slide show and test take less than two hours. The questionnaire is short, with multiple choice answers. Once you have achieved a passing grade (70% or better), you will be permitted to download your credentials. You’ll soon have a paper copy delivered by your postal carrier, too.

That’s not all: your forklift certification can be used anywhere in the United States, Canada, or Mexico and does not expire until the end of three years. A supervisor may conduct the driving performance evaluation of the skill at your job when you have sufficiently practiced. If you already have your qualifications, but need an update, you can do that here, as well. Go to the U. S. Forklift Certification site today at:   We make it easy for you.



Protecting yourself while operating a forklift: three things you must do

Safety when operating a forklift must always be a priority. Although its operation is somewhat different than a car, driving risks are basically the same. You want to be sure that you and others are protected from mishaps. There are still large numbers of accidents reported every year where heavy machinery has been involved. Some precautions will help you avoid adding to these statistics.

  1. Before driving, take the time to check the surrounding space for objects that have become out of place or people who have entered the area.
  2. Wear all the protective clothing and accessories you have for this purpose. Boots, gloves, hardhats, and other items can greatly lessen your chance of injury.
  3. Keep your license current, and follow the procedures outlined in your safety course. Forklift certification requires this instruction, and you can view all the information that you need in just over an hour. The low cost of $38 makes the legal compliance both affordable and convenient. The daily inspection checklist gives you the assurance that your truck is in good order before you begin work. Overturns and dropped objects account for many of the incidents that occur. This curriculum tells you how to maintain the balance of the loads carried on the tines and of the machine itself. Your accreditation expires at three years, so be sure to take your refresher class for renewal. You can even do this at home in your spare time at your computer or on your Smart phone.

Operating an industrial vehicle can be a very enjoyable and incredibly useful job. Satisfaction ranks high among employees. Keep the wellbeing of you and your coworkers in mind as you perform your skill.

We are here to cheer you on, offer helpful pointers, and assist you in obtaining your documentation easily, efficiently, and economically.

Getting hired: qualities your employer wants

Forklift certification can be the beginning of a great job, but what other qualifications are employers seeking in an operator? Here are some of the traits you want to cultivate for the best chances at a solid position:

You follow instructions well. This means you are a good listener, are able to recall all important points, and have a team spirit. Supervisors know they can rely on you.

You display some mechanical ability. You certainly do not have to be a trained mechanic to be able to inspect your machine and perform simple maintenance tasks, but you do want to have a capability for understanding the working parts of your vehicle so that troubleshooting is not a problem.

You are organized and practical. A natural desire to put things in their proper places will make your job easier. Skilled drivers become familiar with the policies and procedures of their companies, and are knowledgeable regarding repetitive actions that are always done the same way.

You must be continually alert and careful. The concern for safety is the main factor in the legal mandate for licensing and instruction. Your forklift certification education updates and reinforces your awareness of accident preventives. An online video course is a time saving and cost effective way to keep you compliant and your maneuvering ability current. Renewal is necessary every three years.

Responsibility is a vital characteristic of an industrial truck driver. You play a major role in inventory control or materials handling, serving in the capacity of several individual workers without such machinery. You supply the power behind the scenes.

If you are getting started in this new competence, or refreshing an expiring accreditation, register on our secure site and have your documentation in less than two hours. Prices begin at just $38.

Forklift theft: settings where it happens

Forklift theft is certainly most common in unenclosed and unprotected areas. Settings such as farms, open parking lots, and unattended construction sites are the most likely candidates for machine swiping.

There are a number of ways you or your company can prevent these occurrences. Since the loss can be very costly, it is well worth taking a few precautions. Video surveillance cameras are relatively inexpensive additions compared with the expense of hiring security guards. Make sure these are mounted in inconspicuous places.

There are devices that disable electrical systems, including those in electric powered vehicles, when not in use. They can simply be turned on again at the beginning of a new work day.

Various control and locking mechanisms are available to ensure that no one can drive away with a truck. Wireless card ignition prevents hotwiring. There are also keypads that substitute for the typical keys.

You have invested time and money in your equipment and the forklift training and certification of your employees. Online safety instruction will help your workers to be familiar with their machinery and guide them in conducting regular thorough inspections. However, it is up to the owner to consider the best and most cost effective solution for avoiding the possibility of stolen trucks. Almost any of the current gadgets designed for this purpose are far less expensive than having to replace machines.

A quick web search will give you some sources for different types of deterrents. Tracking chips may also be a good investment.

It is not inevitable that your business must be victimized. You will be thankful for the short time you took to do some research and compare your options should the worst happen.

We offer these industry related tips regularly, along with the legally compliant course to keep drivers informed and licensed at minimal cost.