Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 8.16.50 AMForklifts are essential pieces of equipment in the material handling industry. They perform tasks that humans simply cannot get done on their own. While forklifts are a huge asset to any warehouse, understand that they are potentially dangerous in any situation. The best way to minimize injury is through a certified training course. Here’s just a few reasons as to why you should become forklift certified.

Its the Law

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is a subdivision of the United States Department of Labor, requires any forklift operator to hold an OSHA forklift certification. This is to ensure workplace safety and avoid injury. OSHA can fine employers up to $7,000 if an operator is caught driving without proper training. And that number can jump all the way to $70,000 if the administration discovers obscene negligence in the case. Also, remember that all forklift operators must be 18 years of age or older. Failing to adhere to this rule can also result in a fine. Keep in mind too that insurance companies are likely to reject claims if the operator is not forklift certified. This means the employer will have to pay out of pocket.

Safety First

OSHA and other various studies claim there are roughly 100 deaths caused by forklift accidents annually in the United States. There are another 30,000+ serious injuries related to the heavy equipment. Remember, all present employees can be affected by forklift accidents, not just the operator. Becoming forklift certified can help bring these statistics down and create an overall safer work environment for everyone.

Cost Savings

Accidents not only put workers in danger, but also product. Damaged product can create a loss for the company. Plus, forklifts that are involved in accidents and endure constant misuse have to be repaired, which also adds up over time. These are expensive machines and must be treated so. Many businesses, especially SMBs, can avoid large amounts of product loss through proper training. The cost savings comes as a result of less accidents, less downtime, and more efficiency. 


Practice makes perfect, right? This can be applied to nearly everything in life. Employees who are properly trained and certified are more efficient and productive. Forklift operators are no exception. Efficiency will increase as employees get more and more comfortable operating the heavy machinery. OSHA certification looks to help operators keep safety in midn while also continue improving their driving and operating skills. Certification not only gives employees the necessary training, but also a sense of pride and confidence behind the wheel.

Competitive Edge

This benefit is geared more towards an individual applying for a job than a company as a whole. Having necessary certifications will definitely give you a competitive advantage over other applicants for a few reasons.

  • Shows you are skilled for the job: If you are applying for a position that requires the use of a forklift, it’s imperative that you have experience and training on these units.
  • Less time spent training on you: A company would prefer to put a new hire right to work rather than spend valuable time and money on training.
  • Shows you are proactive: Earning your OSHA certification prior to being hired shows that you are not only abiding the law, but genuinely care about the industry and safety of you and those you work with.

OSHA certifications last for three years and must be renewed accordingly to avoid any legal issues. Fore more information on OSHA certification trainings, please click here.

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  • In your article, you stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which is a subdivision of the United States Department of Labor, requires any forklift operator to hold an OSHA forklift certification. My brother has been wanting to build a shed in his backyard and someone suggested that he use a forklift for the project. I wonder if this certification will let a person drive any type of forklift.

    • Edward Otis says:

      Forklift operator certificates must be issued by the owner of the lift truck. Owners of lift trucks often get training from local equipment dealers, but the certifications only authorize the operator to operate forklifts at the owners facilities and only on the types of forklifts specifically trained.

  • Edward Otis says:

    Operator training is well worth the time and expense. After all we are simply looking for everyone, drivers and pedestrians, to get home safe everyday.

  • Edward Otis says:

    We believe in the value of Operator Training. Social media will certainly be a key to spreading the message moving forward.

  • Experience and certification can lead to opportunities as a construction equipment operator, a mining worker, or to opportunities in other departments of a company.

  • Andrew Shaw says:

    This is great information. And thanks for the safety tips.
    In terms of forklift, I totally agree with this “Slow and steady wins the race and keeps everyone safe.” 🙂

  • Thanks for the advice on why becoming certified in forklift operation can be beneficial for the business and the workers. Personally I think that it’s important for someone to be properly trained to increase the efficiency of the work that the forklift driver is required to do. By having a certified forklift driver, they are more comfortable with the machinery, and can do things quickly and safely.

  • I didn’t realize that going through a forklift driver training course can help you be more efficient at your job while being safer. My sister is currently writing a paper on warehouse safety for school. A good training course could be a way to increase safety precaution that she could include.

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  • Michael pehlke says:

    I operate a.forklift everyday but I’m not certified i was never offer the proper training

    • Edward Otis says:

      You should advise your employer it is his responsibility to provide training and driver certification.

  • Thanks for explaining some reasons to be forklift certified. It’s good to know that this can help someone be more efficient and productive. If this is the case, this sounds beneficial if you want the project to be done quickly and correctly.

  • I had no idea that getting forklift training is so beneficial to companies and workers. I like that you say getting this training shows that you put safety first because forklift accidents can affect all employees and not just the operator. Getting forklift certified will create a safer environment for everyone! Also, I did not think about the competitive edge that comes because having the necessary certifications will give a job applicant an advantage over other applicants.

  • Anna Chris says:

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  • Oliver Ray says:

    I liked how you mentioned that having a forklift licence can help you land a job better because people will see you are already certified to do the job they are hiring for. My brother has been a forklift worker at this plant for a couple of years, but he just left and has been looking for a new job. I’ll have to tell him to be sure to put down his forklift certification on his applications.

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