Powered Industrial Trucks
This section has been reviewed and updated as needed: May 2014
**A daily pre-shift insepction of powered industrial trucks is required by OSHA standards.
**A daily pre-shift inspection of powered indsutrial trucks is required by OSHA standards.
- The employee operating a powered industrial truck
- Before a new hazard is introduced in the workplace
- After any incident
- As deemed necessary by a qualified person
**All employees are required to be retrained every three (3) years regardless of the circumstance. Once all PIT training is complete, the employee will be issued a Forklift License Certificate that expires three (3) years from the date it is issued.
Both the online and practical powered industrial truck training will and must include the following information:
- Safe Operation Instructions
- Differences between powered industrial trucks and automobiles
- Controls and instrumentation
- Engine or motor operation
- Steering and maneuvering
- Fork attachment: use and limitations
- Vehicle capacity
- Vehicle stability
- Refueling and/or recharging
- Operating limitations
- Surface conditions
- Loading and unloading
- Pedestrian traffic
- Hazardous locations in which the equipment will be operated
- Ramps and sloped surfaces
- Closed environments where there is insufficient oxygen exchange
- Any unique or potentially hazardous conditions that could affect safe operation
**The practical training is to be given within thirty days (30 days) of the employee completing the online training or the employees’ online training will be void and need to be retaken.
**If there are two or more types of powered industrial trucks that the employee will be operating, then the employee must have practical training for each different powered industrial truck they will be operating.
- The operator has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe manner
- The operator has been involved in an accident or a near miss incident
- The operator is assigned to drive a different type of powered industrial truck (PIT)
- A condition changes in the workplace that could affect the safe operation of the PIT
- Shall be provided at least every three years if none of the above situations occur
- Electric (battery) powered
- Internal combustion engine (gas/LPG/diesel) powered
Each of these general types has a variety of different configurations and attachments. Your workplace may have a variety of trucks that are being operated. ALL OPERATORS MUST BE TRAINED TO OPERATE ALL TYPES OF INDUSTRIAL TRUCKS THEY WILL BE OPERATING.
**Daily, pre-shift inspection of powered industrial trucks is required by OSHA standards. An inspection record should be kept on file at all times.