Is Training Worth the Investment?
Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training is not optional, but sometimes can feel like an impediment to productivity—a necessary but unprofitable activity. But, what if, in reality, operator training is saving you time and money? What if it is actually one of the best investments you can make in your business? There are at least 6 benefits to investing in forklift operator training and we’ve outlined them here in this article.
You know you need forklift operator certification to stay in OSHA’s good graces [see OSHA regulation 1910.178(l)], but maybe you question the cost/benefit calculation now and then. No doubt about it, forklift training is an expense, but it turns out companies get a lot of value from effective operator training. Beyond fulfilling OSHA standards, they also benefit from employees who operate forklifts safely and who have a deep understanding of best practices.
What do you get from your investment in forklift operator training besides a “gold star” from OSHA? Here’s our list:
Benefits of training
It’s fair to say that no company wants a poor safety record. It can be a stain on the company’s reputation. Not to mention that workers compensation claims, lawsuits, and fines can be expensive.
Well-trained operators are less likely to have accidents because they know how to operate forklifts properly. That means fewer on-the-job injuries to operators and others.
Poor driving and careless forklift operation can lead to facility and product damage like torn packages, scrapes and gouges. Repairs can be costly and cut into productive time.
Trained drivers learn safe driving techniques and operation practices. That means less damage to products, shelving, floors, and walls. Repair costs and downtime are kept to a minimum.
Whether picking finished goods for shipment or delivering materials to production machinery, forklifts are essential for moving materials and products in a timely manner.
Drivers who receive high-quality training can operate trucks more efficiently and skillfully. Companies can get tasks done more quickly, a huge benefit in a busy workplace.
Lower maintenance costs
Forklift maintenance is part of forklift ownership. Scheduled, preventive maintenance is cost-efficient. However, when maintenance is unplanned due to an accident, the costs can take a large hit out of a company’s profits.
Most on-the-job forklift accidents are preventable with properly trained operators. Properly trained drivers mean less time and money wasted on unscheduled repairs.
Reduced insurance costs
When an accident occurs that injures an employee, a company’s insurance must cover any necessary medical costs. Documentation of safety training and certification can reduce the costs of the workers’ compensation coverage.
Employees who are competently, professionally trained enjoy the training experience and appreciate their company investing in them. Plus, their increased knowledge gives their self-esteem a boost.
We strongly recommend that every business establish a consistent, high quality operator training schedule and mandate that only certified workers operate forklifts. You’ll increase productivity, reduce damage, lower, or even eliminate injuries, avoid any fatalities, and save your company hundreds of thousands of dollars every year.
According to OSHA, companies spend $170 billion a year on costs associated with workplace injuries. By adopting a strict forklift training and certification policy, you can reduce your injury and illness costs by up to 40%. Plus, you can build or maintain a strong company reputation for safety.
TrainMOR maximizes training’s ROI
When it comes to thoroughly training operators on forklift operation and safety, rely on TrainMOR. Contact us for information on our Mobile, Memorable, and Measurable training courses—available online, in classroom and on-site. Our thorough, professional training ensures you’ll get the maximum return on your investment in forklift operator training.