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Course Title:
Powered Industrial Truck Training

Course Description:
Powered Industrial Truck Training is a 4-8 hour session presented by the Safety Specialist and covers topics related to working safely with powered industrial trucks. The most common types of powered industrial trucks are known as forklifts or pallet jacks. The training will cover:

  • General operational hazards
  • Hazards with particular trucks
  • Hazards in the workplace
  • Pre-operational checks
  • Traveling with a truck
  • Loading a truck
  • Truck stability
  • Maintenance

Who Must Attend?
All employees operating equipment defined by OSHA as a powered industrial truck must attend this training.

When Must Initial Training be Completed?
Initial powered industrial truck training is required prior to an employee operating a PIT in the workplace.

How Often Must I Attend a Refresher Course?
OSHA requires that refresher training be conducted at least every 3 years and more often as necessary. The following are situations which would trigger the need to administer refresher training at a frequency greater than every 3 years:

  • If an operator is seen performing an unsafe operation
  • If there is an accident or near-miss accident
  • If an evaluation indicates the need for retraining
  • If new equipment is introduced into the workplace
  • If the workplace conditions change

Trainer Contact Information:
Safety Specialist at 401-863-1645

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Office of Environmental Health & Safety
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Last updated on 10/16/2006