Why your forklift drivers need certification

License to Operate a Forklift

Here at Strat Training we believe that health and safety training is paramount in every career under the sun. Whether your job necessitates first aid training or heavy equipment operator training, we provide it! Strat Training always promotes health and safety awareness in the workplace and encourages compliance with all relevant and related laws, rules and regulations. As such, Strat Training is proud to highlight why it is of paramount importance that your forklift operator be a certified forklift operator. 

  1. Danger
    Having an employee without the necessary certification to drive and operate a forklift is a disaster waiting to happen. This scenario puts the driver, your other employees, and yourself as the employer, at risk. Not only at risk of injury but at risk of legal action and/or persecution. Forklift Operator training, such as the Lifting Equipment course taught at Strat Training Pretoria, is thus a mandatory precursor to operating a forklift, or any other heavy lifting equipment, legally.

  2. Law
    Driving or operating a forklift without the proper certification is not only dangerous, but illegal. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1993, all drivers and operators of heavy lifting equipment, such as a forklift, must be in possession of a Code 01-16 license, certifying the individual as a qualified heavy lifting machinery operator. Should your unlicensed forklift operator cause bodily harm to himself or another employee; the company could be deemed criminally negligible in a court case and be liable for the fines associated with code violations as well as the medical costs and damage costs incurred by any injured parties.

  3. Safety
    When an employee has undergone the necessary health and safety training associated with forklift operator training, the employee is prepared and informed on how to handle him or herself in the case of an emergency. Should the employee not hold a valid forklift operator license, he or she may cause more damage in the event of an emergency or even injure themselves or other employees. For example: Should a certified forklift operator find him or herself in a forklift which is suffering a fall, either backward due to steep incline, or to one side as the result of a poorly placed/secured load, he or she will remain in the cab of the forklift, with his or her seatbelt on; as they would have been taught during their forklift operator training. An untrained, uncertified employee will however most likely attempt to jump from or escape the falling forklift. Employees who have not undergone the mandatory forklift operator training, and who are operating forklifts illegally, do not have this knowledge from training to fall back on. Instead these employees jump from a forklift in distress. Jumping from the falling forklift is the leading cause of death or injury resulting from a falling forklift.
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