The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has sharpened its safety enforcement on businesses whose operations rely heavily on forklift operation to transport products from one place to another.That means manufacturing companies in particular and other businesses with warehouse facilities need to be vigilant.One component of the initiative centers on making sure forklifts are equipped with data plates that specify load capacities of those machines and that of the attachments. Unsafe forklift operations could result in fines of $13,260 for serious violations and up to $132,598 for willful and/or repeated violations. Willful or repeat violators also could face added OSHA scrutiny.In 2018, OSHA cited employers for 2,294 violations involving forklift drivers who either weren't certified or lacked a re-certification. That was one of OSHA's most-cited violations last year.But companies can lessen the likelihood of that agency’s involvement by adhering strict safety guidelines for powered industrial trucks. Syndeo provides training that includes a safety video, PowerPoint presentation, written exam and an operation/driving test. Forklift operators must be at least 18.OSHA also requires these safety measures:
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