If one goes into education, law, or medicine, their companies expect them to pursue continuing education. The goal of this is to keep them growing in their fields, both for the sake of their own career and the betterment of their companies. Even so, the importance of continued education for forklift operators is often overlooked in spite of its many benefits.
Changing Standards and Technology
Technology is ever-evolving; OSHA’s standards must adapt to keep warehouses and construction companies in tune with these changes. As changes arise or equipment in a fleet is replaced with newer equipment, new training is necessary. This will keep your company and workers on the cutting edge of the industry.
Reminder of Standards
Continued training and education shouldn’t occur only when technology changes. Every day an operator is taking in new information, from product labels to building schedules. Even when running a forklift daily, it’s possible to forget some of the details or nuances of forklift operations. Continued training acts as a helpful reminder, keeping everyone in the operation on the same page.
Giving the facility or site a consistent vision for how forklift operation should be handled has several benefits—the most significant being safety. Forklifts account for a large percentage of accidents both in warehouses and on construction sites. This includes tip-overs, falls, or being crushed by machinery. With dangers that have such grave consequences, employing regular forklift safety training is paramount.
Another benefit of continued education for forklift operators is an increase in productivity. Having multiple operators with multiple ideas of how to do a task correctly makes every task take longer. Facilities owners should find ways to approach tasks more efficiently. From here, they should continue to train workers in these techniques to increase the entire operation’s work output.
Continuing education doesn’t have to mean going back to college or reading countless books. It’s a practical review of the necessary skills to improve safety and productivity. It allows both operators and facilities to be the best that they can be.