You need to be a licensed forklift operator in Kentucky to drive forklift trucks in compliance to OSHA legislation. Both operator and employer could face heft fines and penalties doing work without certification. OSHA inspectors is very strict about it.
As a forklift operator, it is your job to load and move large amount of materials and because of the danger operating forklifts, hundreds of fatalities and work-related injuries happened every year in the US alone, that is why OSHA requires that forklift driver be licensed first before doing such work. Risk can be alleviated if operator has proper training. If you’re not in possession of forklift license, here’s what you need to do:
Obtaining forklift license for new operators
Construction sites, manufacturing companies, storages, and warehouses employ forklift operators and if you’re planning to work in Kentucky, you need to be in possession of forklift license. You must go through the comprehensive training to become certified. If you do not how, here’s a readied instruction to follow.
- Assess yourself what training you require. There are several kinds of forklifts and the training must be specific to the forklift type.
- There are training providers in Kentucky (list is below) where you can take the training more conveniently.
- Enroll for the course and take the class lectures that lasts for 4-8 hours and behind-the-wheel operation, this includes forklift controls familiarization, steering through obstacles, loading and unload of materials, proper handling, hazard analysis, check-up and parking . The trainer will oversee these parts of the course.
- Take the written exam and let the trainer make an evaluation about your performance.
- If you succeeded, the trainer will issue you certification document and license card. You can present these when applying for a forklift driving job.
- The license will expire after three years. A recertification course must be conducted to renew it.
The certification is aimed at improving operator productivity and increase workplace safety awareness; the training is an aid to prevent property damage and protect personnel from serious injuries or even death.
Forklift Training Centers in Kentucky
- Kentucky Chamber of Commerce - 464 Chenault Rd, Frankfort, +1 502-695-4700
- Garrison Toyota Material Handling - Bowling Green Full Service Facility: 2714 Russellville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101
- KMH Systems - Lexington, 1454 Jingle Bell Lane, 859-388-4711
- Forklift Training Systems - 614-583-5749
- YKI Material Handling Solutions - 4092 McCollum Court, Louisville, KY 40218, Toll: 1.888.269.3198
- ProLift Industrial Equipment - 124 Westhampton Dr Lexington KY 40511, 866-508-8137
- Alexander Safety Solutions - 71 Cavalier Blvd, Florence, KY 41042, +1 859-283-5001
- Big Sandy Community & Technical College - 1 Bert T. Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653, +1 606-886-3863
- MHI Material Handling Inc. - (888) 865-2083
- Vision of Hope Ministries - 2501 Millers Lane # 2 Louisville, Kentucky 40216, 502.380.7033
- Allied Toyota Lift – London, Ky, (866) 538-0667
- Regulatory Training Center- 7716 McComis Drive, Catlettsburg, KY 41129, +1 606-739-9507
- Kaintuck Safety Training - 859-360-4339
- C&K Sales and Service - 4500 Bishop Lane, Louisville, 502.638.0173
- Alexander Safety Solutions - 71 Cavalier Blvd; Suite #312, Florence, (859) 283-5001
- Big Sandy Community & Technical College - 1 Bert T. Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, (606) 886-3863
- Wise Safety and Environmental - 2428 Crittenden Dr, Louisville, 502-637-4337
- The Bailey Company – 3960 Hal Rogers Parkway, London, (606) 877-1693
- NES Rentals - 11109 Decimal Drive, Louisville, (502) 267-9000
Forklift licensing for experienced driver
Employers are responsible for workers’ safety and health at the workplace. To obtain zero accidents, experienced forklift drivers must be recertified under these several circumstances:
- If operator has expired license. The recertification can either be conducted by the trainer in employer’s training facility or the operator can be sent to other training location.
- Retraining is given to those drivers involved in accidents and near misses.
- Operators observed to drive forklift in unsafe manner should retake the training.
- Operators who are experienced in one type of machine and assigned to drive different type must take recertification.
Forklift Operator Salary
A certified operator in Kentucky can make an hourly wage of $14.82 or $30,830 per year. If an operator can exhibit more skills at work and if you are certified to operate more than 2 types of machines, you can demand better pay from your employer. If you have considerable experience, you can insist higher salary as well. The neighboring state of Indiana, operator's hourly pay is much higher.
Should you require more details about wage, benefits, implementing rules and regulations, and enforcement standards, you can check with governing authorities as follows:
Kentucky Labor Cabinet
1047 US HWY 127 South, Suite 4
Frankfort, KY 40601
Department of Workplace Standards
Anthony Russell, Commissioner
Occupational Safety & Health Administration
200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210
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