The standards of Pennsylvania OSHA require that the forklift operators must receive special training that must consider four key factors:
- Hazards at work
- Operator’s previous experience
- Type of forklift to be use
- Operator’s demonstrated abilities
If the operator is observed operating a forklift on a hazardously way he or she must be retrained, according to OSHA standards. The same if the operator is involved in an accident. OSHA also requires that every operator must be evaluate and retrain periodically.
Forklifts seem simple to operate but a safety consultant said in a recent OSHA article, that they are one of the common causes of accidents at workplace. All through the country about 1.5 millions workers operates forklifts and are expose to injuries and fatalities. The forklifts are frequently unstable because of improper balance load, and tend to tip over.
Maybe some persons heard about PITs instead of forklifts. This is the acronym of Powered Industrial Trucks, another and more properly way to call forklifts or fork trucks.
In many industries the forklifts are modify to improve their usefulness. In the manufacturing industry is common to attach some accessories like cylinder caddies, rug rams, hoppers, drum rotators, boom extensions, drum carriers and drum grippers.
Prior to any modification, the manufacturer should approve, by written, the attachments to be fit. The employers and workers must know that every change to the original structure of the forklift will alter their safety conditions. The changes also require an update of the instruction labels to reflect the new restrictions of the forklift.
The balance of the forklift is one of the keys of a safety operation. When the operator is carrying a load, he or she must move slowly. If he or she adds more weight to the rear of the equipment, the forklift becomes more unstable.
The Pennsylvania Labor Board is the entity that is responsible for every aspect of our working lives in regards to safety and wages. They oversee the workplace environment and are responsible for making sure that we are all paid accordingly for the work that we do. This is run by Stephen M. Schmerin who is the Labor Secretary for Pennsylvania. In Pennsylvania we do everything we can to make our state great, which means taking care of the people who work here as well as doing other things around the state. With Pennsylvania Labor Board everything is covered especially in regards to workplace safety to help maintain and promote a good work environment.
In Pennsylvania our minimum wage is currently at the rate of $5.15 per hour which is the same as the minimum wage requirement of the federal government. The minimum wage for employees who are tipped in Pennsylvania stands at $2.83 currently. Our current unemployment rate stands at 4.7% which is just slightly below the national average of 4.8%. This shows how strides have been made to improve and s Currently in Pennsylvania things are being done to help battle some of our unemployment issues by doing such things as job retraining and offering unemployment compensation. These are just some of things that are being done to help get people back into the workforce and to allow them to carry on their normal lives.
When it comes to our workplace safety however we are proud of everything that we do to make it a better work environment for both you and your boss. We want you to want to come to work to feel safe there and that you can do your job no matter how rough, because you know you will be taken care of. Safety is our job in Pennsylvania not just another word.