What do manufacturing and distribution companies in Ontario California have in common?
YES, Forklifts and Forklift Jobs!
Ontario California is a diverse city with many residential areas, parks and even kids sports. But Ontario is also a large manufacturing and warehouse area. As a part of the Inland Empire, this area is home to companies like Hyundai, Toyota, Amazon, Gate Beverage Distribution, McCain Foods, and many other large and small organizations.
Each of these companies employ many forklift operators and these forklift operators need a forklift certification, based on the OSHA guideline 1910.178. Forklift operators must be formally trained and evaluated on the lift they operate at the facility they are working. This requirement has been in effect since 1998 and failure to comply can cost a company $12,000 in fines just to start.
So how to employers prevent these fines?
Forklift training is the key, but not just any forklift training. There are many quick and cheep options for companies when it comes to forklift training, but just because you got past the $12,000 in having non-licensed forklift operators, does not mean that even higher fines could be could not be accessed if you have an accident and your operators received inadequate training.
YES, that is correct. Even if you have your operators watch a video and take a simple test you could still be in jeopardy at even a higher level. You see, companies not only need to train and discuss OSHA safety rules, there needs to be discussion and precautions directed at your specific facility and equipment. Failure to address local site safety issues or failure to train and evaluate your operators at your site on the equipment they are using can lead to stiffer penalties especially if someone gets hurt or killed.
Many companies use home store bought forklift training systems like JJ Keller and other off brands to perform their forklift training. And while they are technically compliant, they do not address site specific hazards and can be so generic that there really is no value to the operators. In addition, these materials are expensive and require you to purchase additional books, tests and licenses as you do your training.
Since 2005, Forklift University has been providing companies with a better quality product. The Forklift University Train the Trainer program is designed to help you build a company specific forklift safety program with site specific training and a safety walk through with your qualified person. The program is full of forklift specific videos, training materials and supporting documentation that is more complete than any other program on the market.
Trainers not only receive instructor manuals and videos, but they have 24/7 access to al the material on line and when there are updates or additions, these are made available to your trainers at no additional cost. All the materials are in MS Word and designed to be modified with site specific training information. Job Hazard Analysis is also part of the program, helping you to build safety programs for your forklift or aerial lift operations.
The Train the Trainer class is a full day class, held at your facility and designed to help supervisors, managers or experienced forklift operators develop and teach forklift safety to your operators. Our instructor has over 15 years experience in forklift safety training and has developed safety programs for companies like Hoover Dam, Qantas Airlines, SEL Electronics, The City and Port of Los Angeles, McCain Foods, Hussman, 4 Wall Entertainment, Compton Adult School, Clark County School District, Huntsville Tx. School District, IATSE Union, Teamsters Union, New Mexico State University, Citrus Motors, Komatsu Forklift, City of Colton, City of Vernon, City of S. Lake Tahoe, City of Long Beach, Paramount Studios, NFL Network, Universal Studios, American Grass Liquidators, Green Coast Hydroponics, Chevron Pipeline, All Access Staging, AvJet Corporation and many more.
Forklift University is dedicated to quality forklift and aerial lift training and we will come to your site and train and evaluate your operators, or help your organization build their own in house training program. Just give us a call toll free at 888-674-9992 or visit us on the web at www.ForkliftUniversity.com for more information.