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Forklifts are rugged and effective tools that can move materials around the workplace quickly and efficiently. The most common types of forklifts are the "industrial counterbalance lift trucks." They are the ones employees are most likely to use on their jobs, but the power and strength of forklifts can make them dangerous. In fact, more than 100 workers are killed and thousands severely injured in forklift accidents every year.
To help prevent these accidents and injuries, OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck Standard requires that forklift operators receive training about their machines' cababilities and limitations, as well as how to maintain and use them safely in their workplace.
This program reminds employees of the capabilities and limitations of forklifts, and presents fundamental information on specific safe operating and maintenance procedures they should use.