There’s an old saying that a tool is only as good as the person using it. And when those tools are huge, valuable, and vital to the day-to-day operations of your business like a forklift, it’s important that the people using them are properly trained to do so.
That’s why Tynan makes it a priority to offer first-rate forklift operator training, so that businesses all across Indiana can operate their machinery safely, efficiently, and in compliance with OSHA regulations.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the most important things to know about forklift operator training.
There’s a number of sources Indiana businesses can go to when they need forklift operator training, and they’re each OSHA-compliant. So what difference does it make who your employees are trained by?
The difference comes down to familiarity and customized training for your forklift operators. When your employees receive forklift training from Tynan, they are trained by instructors who work directly with forklift manufacturers such as Yale and Bendi to make sure your team knows your specific forklift inside and out.
That specific training, customized to the very forklifts and equipment they’ll use day to day, is something that most training providers can’t offer.
Some people are surprised when they learn just how quickly forklift training can go. Depending on the type of machinery and the number of operators being trained at once, the full training course can be completed in times ranging from just a few hours to just under a full day.
For larger companies or those with high employee growth or turnover, we can make it even simpler with what we call our train the trainer program. Any employee who goes through this program will afterwards be fully qualified and certified to train others on forklift operation, making it ideal for companies who need to employ a full fleet of material handlers.
Just like many are surprised to learn how quickly training can be completed, there are other misconceptions about operator training that can have even worse consequences.
We’ll sometimes hear a warehouse manager say that an employee received forklift training at their previous job, thinking they’re good to go. What they don’t realize is that OSHA certification doesn’t “carry over” from one employer to the next. This makes perfect sense when you take into account that no two companies will use the exact same equipment in the exact same way, so additional training is needed to maximize safety and efficiency.
OSHA-certification for forklift training also doesn’t carry over from machine to machine. If an employee is trained on using a sit-down order picker, that doesn’t mean they’re certified to operate a stand-up pallet jack. Each type of lift truck has its own training regimen, so businesses need to be sure all their bases are covered.
Safe, knowledgeable, and efficient – those are qualities you want out of all of your employees, and it goes double for your forklift operators. Make the small investment now in making sure your team is properly trained in order to avoid accidents or OSHA noncompliance fines. Call Tynan Equipment Company today at 317-597-4003 to learn more about your forklift training options.
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