When working with commercial vehicles and equipment, there will always be risks. Vehicles are dangerous, and transportation incidents on the job take the lives of workers every day. For safety professionals, work involving industrial trucks and similar vehicles presents issues of serious liability. These concerns must be mitigated through workforce training and testing for competency.
Powered industrial trucks are associated with special risks because of the unique utility of these vehicles. Frequently, they are used for tasks in work environments that are already considered high-risk, so they add to the list of cautions on work sites for many different professions.
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
Define powered industrial trucks (PITs)
Identify common industry types and their purpose in the workplace
Recognize workplace, vehicle based, and operator influenced conditions that may contribute to PIT-related incidents
Identify the pre-operational, operational, and load handling requirements for PITs and corresponding safe operating practices
Explain how proper maintenance, refuelling, and recharging of PITs contribute to the safety of all employees
Describe the components of a comprehensive safety training program