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Forklift Driver and Aerial Platform Operator Safety Training

forklift driver performing safe operation by the driverOSHA requires that operators of Forklifts, Aerial Platforms, and other Powered Industrial Trucks receive proper safety training and certification. If you’re a Forklift driver or employer located in the Greater Philadelphia and Reading, PA area, you’ll be happy to know that Karl Environmental offers professional training for operators, as well as classes for employers wanting to train their own staff (train-the-trainer).

Types of Forklifts, Aerial Platforms, and Powered Industrial Equipment

From Genie and JLG, to CAT and Toyota, our experienced instructors provide quality training for the following equipment:

  • Sit-Down Counter Balance (Forklifts)
  • Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms (Scissor Lifts)
  • Boom Supported Elevating Work Platforms (Aerial Lifts)
  • Rough Terrain Variable Reach (Telehandlers)

Who Should Get Certified?

aerial platform safety operationOSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks standard (29 CFR 1910.178) requires that ALL workers who operate a Forklifts, Aerial Platforms, or other Powered Industrial Trucks be properly trained. According to OSHA, operators must receive formal instruction, practical training, and performance evaluation.

What Does Training Involve?

safe forklift operationTo safely operate Forklifts, Aerial Platforms, and Powered Industrial Trucks, operators must be trained in safe operation instructions, vehicle capacity and stability, inspection and maintenance, stacking and un-stacking, pedestrian traffic, and working in narrow spaces.

To ensure that our students are fully compliant with OSHA requirements, Karl Environmental’s comprehensive training classes consist of three main parts:

  1. Class-based training on how to perform a pre-operations check, locate the vehicle’s operator manual, perform a function test of the lift, and perform an inspection of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  2. Hands-on demonstration of the safe operating procedures for each type of lift.
  3. Evaluation of the students’ ability to operate each type of vehicle.

Driver and Operator Certification

We train our students in the use of Forklifts, Scissor Lifts, Aerial Boom Lifts and Telehandlers in full accordance with OSHA standard 1910.178(l).

Following successful completion of the class, students will receive a Certificate of Training in addition to a wallet-sized Training Card showing  the types of vehicles the student is certified to operate

pallets stacked by a safe forklift driver Can I Train My Own Staff?

Yes! For employers wanting to train their own staff, Karl Environmental also offers Powered Industrial Trucks and Aerial Work Platforms Train-the-Trainer certification classes. These classes provide you with the necessary skills and materials to properly train and certify staff at your own facility!

How Do I Sign Up?

1 – Forklifts and Telehandlers

For anyone interested in becoming certified as a Forklift or Telehandler operator, Karl Environmental offers scheduled training at our fully equipped Training Center in Reading, PA.  All equipment and materials are provided by us, meaning you simply just have to show up. Use the links below to see training dates and schedule your class.

FORKLIFT CERTIFICATION: Click to View Dates

TELEHANDLER CERTIFICATION: Click to View Dates

2 – On-Site and Train-the-Trainer

For companies that have their own equipment, Karl Environmental provides on-site training for Forklifts, Scissor Lifts, Aerial Boom Lifts, and Telehandlers. This option allows your employees train on the equipment in the environment that they will be using it! Simply call us at 1-800-527-5581 or use the Contact Us page to discuss how we can provide you with the quality training you deserve.