are a few questions that could literally save your company
millions of dollars:
Would you store millions of
dollars of inventory in a warehouse without fire insurance?
Would you let your company
trucks go on the road with unlicensed drivers, or without
vehicle liability insurance?
Would you let your employees operate forklifts, order
pickers, front end loaders and other materials moving
equipment without them being OSHA certified as operators?
answers to the first two are obvious. The risk of exposure
would be totally unacceptable. Yet many companies continue
to answer yes to the third question, thereby exposing
themselves to indefensible lawsuits, lost time, equipment
and inventory damage, increased workman's compensation
claims, higher insurance costs and fines from regulatory
this in spite of the fact that both OSHA and CAL-OSHA
require such certification, even for experienced operators.
Fines for non-compliance are set by law at a minimum of $500
up to a maximum of $14,000 per violation. FOR MINOR WILLFUL VOLATIONS. SB 1127 passed in California in July 2000, has provisions for penalty for serious willfull violations. They include for the operator a $3,000.00 fine and/or 3 months in jail. For the supervisor: $6,000.00 Fine or six months in jail. For the employer: up to $14,00.00 fine per day until date of hire or July 2000, whichever is later. Covered
industries include General Industry, Construction,
Shipyards, Marine Terminals and Long shoring Operations.
Agricultural operations are exempt, although Ag product
processing and distribution centers are not exempt. Covered
equipment includes (but is not limited to) fork trucks
(forklifts), tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand
trucks and other specialized industrial trucks powered by
electric motor or internal combustion engine, cranes,
semi-tractors, top loaders and even electric pallet jacks.
Certification provides a comprehensive training package,
tailored specifically to your site and job requirements. Not
only do we train your operators at your job site, but we can
also train your experienced operators to be certified
trainers. So that future training and update training can be
done in-house. In addition, we will furnish you with a
complete list of OSHA requirements concerning other sections
of the regulation, which will enable you to comply with
requirements in the areas of ongoing education, posting of
operating rules, etc.
Reasons for Operator Training and Certification)