10/09/2008

New powered industrial trucks eTool

Employers who use forklifts in their workplaces have a new resource to help
keep their employees safe on the job. The Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift)
eTool is the latest Web-based training tool unveiled by the US-American
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts or lift trucks, are used
in many industries, primarily to move materials. They can be used to move,
raise, lower, or remove large objects or a number of smaller objects on pallets
or in boxes, crates, or other containers.

The hazards commonly associated with powered industrial trucks vary depending
on the vehicle types and the workplace where the truck is used. Each type of
truck presents different operating hazards. For example, a sit-down,
counterbalanced high lift rider truck is more likely than a motorized hand
truck to be involved in a falling load accident, because the sit-down rider
truck can lift a load much higher than a hand truck. Workplace conditions also
present different hazards. For example, retail establishments often face
greater challenges than other worksites in maintaining pedestrian safety.

The eTool, which focuses on forklifts commonly used in general industry,
provides a review of potential hazards and a summary of key OSHA requirements
and industry-recommended practices for forklift operations. It includes four
modules examining the types of forklifts, safe operating practices, workplace
conditions affecting operation and operator training.


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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. American Department of Labor - Occupational Safety & Health Administration