Forklift driving is a dream many children have when they see the large equipment and how a single person was controlling the mechanical monster. As adults, we often forget those dreams. Forklift operation requires a certification. However, many operators make upwards to 20 dollars an hour, and you get to work with the huge toy you eyed as a child.

Foundation Of Forklift Operation

Forklifts are used to move heavy materials in various environments, including construction or warehouse operations. The operation of a forklift can be repetitive. Often, mistakes happen because the operator relies on muscle memory to work the hydraulic lifting mechanism. The forklift also does not do all the work. Many times a forklift operator is required to remove smaller objects or materials to get to the more massive objects that need removal.

Following Safety Protocols

According to the Fair Labor Standards Act, operating a forklift is classified as a dangerous job. Forklift safety is tricky, which is why it requires specific forklift certifications. Drivers come into contact with hazardous material, extreme temperatures, and harmful fumes. It is up to the forklift operator to always be aware of their surroundings and coworkers to avoid catastrophic accidents. Proper upkeep of equipment combined with a vigilant driver ensures the repetition of handling a forklift does not catch a driver off-guard.

Forklift Operator Requirements

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is who has set the rules and regulations for certification as a forklift driver. It makes the forklift driving qualifications stream-lined rather than rely on state-by-state regulations. You would need to be 18-years-old or older and a high school diploma or the equivalent. If you work with hazardous materials, additional certifications will be required by your employer.  The company you work for or contract with also is required to prove your training and evaluate the information every three years.

Safety, certification, and a proven reputation is the mission of QuickLifts, LLC. Whether renting, maintaining, or 100% guaranteed service, we at QuickLifts, LLC  Chicago, IL, look forward to working with you to keep your fleet and workers safe.