Forklifts, also known as Powered Industrial Trucks (PIT), are used in numerous work settings, primarily to move materials. Independent studies have confirmed forklift training reduces operator error by 70 percent.
OSHA estimates that of the 1 million forklifts in the United States two-thirds are involved in an accident in their normal eight-year life span. Accidents are attributed to three primary causes including insufficient or inadequate training, failure to follow safe forklift operating procedures and lack of safety rule enforcement.
Workplaces that establish safety and health management systems can reduce their injury and illness costs by 20 to 40 percent, according to OSHA. Studies not only show the impact safety training has in increasing productivity and preventing injury.