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Operator Safety Training

Our Operator Training programs are comprehensive, in-depth training courses that teach safe operation of industrial forklift and aerial lift equipment.

We offer classes both at your location, and at our locations in Youngstown and Akron, Ohio. Please visit either of our dealerships or call (888) 952-7536 for more information about forklift operator training. Scroll down to find our daily inspection forms and forklift safety posters to help your employees operate forklifts safely and encourage lift truck awareness in your warehouse.

Our training is conducted by experienced and reliable personnel who understand the abilities, limitations and dangers of all types of material handling equipment, including forklifts and aerial lifts.

OSHA Inspection Process Video – This video, created by OSHA, walks you through what might trigger an OSHA inspection and what to expect should one occur. Stay compliant with regards to forklift and aerial lift operator training with training by Valley Industrial Trucks.

Forklift Operator Training

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Aerial Lift Operator Training

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Free Safety Downloads

Daily Forklift Inspection Forms

Daily forklift inspections are not only required by OSHA, they’re a smart thing to do. Catch small maintenance issues before they blossom into giant repair and safety hazard nightmares. Feel free to download and copy as needed.

Forklift Operator Questionnaire

Before you put an employee on one of your lift trucks, you must fully understand their level of experience, what equipment they’ve operated, what conditions they have operated those forklifts under and what, if any, additional training is required to ensure that they are ready to operate YOUR lift trucks under YOUR specific conditions.

Our Forklift Operator Questionnaire helps walk you through the process of asking the questions that will help you determine a plan of action for training your new, or current operators.

Download our Forklift Operator Questionnaire.

Fork Inspection Form

Worn or damaged forks reduce your forklift’s safe lifting capacity, creating a dangerous situation for your forklift operators and anyone that works around them. 

This form walks you through the process of ensuring your forks are within safe operating parameters. If you find damage or they are worn, and unsafe, contact us at (888) 952-7536.

Download our Fork Inspection Form

Free Forklift Safety Posters

Download our FREE series of safety posters to help you improve lift truck awareness in your facility. 

Pedestrian Safety Poster
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Forklifts are in operation
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Only Trained Operators
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Safety Related Articles

Operator Safety Training vs. Teaching

There are vast differences in teaching forklift operators safe forklift operation and truly training them.  This Feature Article highlights the learning process and gives you ideas about what you can do to reinforce your program to ensure actual training is taking place.

4 Major Benefits of Conducting Forklift Operator Training

There is a distinct difference between teaching someone something, like safe forklift operation, and truly training them how to perform the function safely and efficiently. A robust, comprehensive and ongoing safety training program for your forklift operators provides you with not only protection from potential liabilities, but also enhances your operation. 

Four Traits of Safety-Minded Companies

As managers and owners, we want a safe work environment for all of our employees. Unfortunately, all too often it escapes us. How can we ensure that when we put safety measures in place, they will stay in place as employees come and go in a business climate that is constantly in flux?

Site-Specific Training: Six Things You Need to Consider

Most companies have some sort of forklift operator training program, but we often find that Site-Specific Training (required by OSHA) is not part of the training. This Feature Article discusses in brief, six things you need to consider when implementing site-specific forklift operator training.

Pre-Shift Forklift Inspection Guide

Pre-shift inspections are not only required by OSHA, they have proven to lower overall lift truck fleet costs and produce a safer and more productive environment for your operators. This guide will detail what to inspection and how to inspect it to ensure a thorough inspection. 

Pedestrian Safety; 16 Things You Need to Consider

We train forklift operators on a regular basis, and hopefully your forklift operators are trained properly.  But what about pedestrians working and visiting your facility? Do they know the potential dangers of forklifts and how to behave around them to minimize the potential for an accident? Our Feature Article highlights what you can do to improve pedestrian safety within your facility.

Best Practices for Forklift Safety

What are some things you can do to maximize the safety of your employees and those that work around your material handling equipment?

Four Essentials for a Safe & Productive Fleet

What are the four things most successful companies do to ensure productivity and safety of their forklift fleet.

Safety Videos

OSHA Inspection Process

This video provides a general overview of the OSHA inspection process.

Visit our OSHA Inspection Process Page

Forklift Pre-Shift Inspection Video

This video walks you through a basic pre-shift inspection, but is not intended to replace the official operator’s manual for your specific truck. Please refer to the operator’s manual for specific information regarding the pre-shift inspection for your model. Always ensure you have read the operator’s manual in its entirety before operating an unfamiliar forklift model.

Visit Our Pre-Shift Inspection Page for free downloads and more.

Proper Forklift Fork & Chain Inspections

This video walks you though the process of ensuring your forklift’s forks and chains are operating within safe measurements. Visit our Fork & Chain Inspection Video page for more information and free downloads.

Forklift Blue Safety Light

Blue safety light mounts to nearly any make and model and informs pedestrians or other forklift operators that a forklift is approaching. Contact us at 888-952-7536 for pricing and orders.

Collision Sentry Collision Avoidance Device

The Collision Sentry warning system packs a one-two punch with both an audio and visual alert to warn of possible collisions. Visit the Collision Sentry Page for more information. Visit the Collision Sentry Pro page for more information. Contact us at (888) 952-7536.

Vestil Trailer Stabilizing Jacks

Trailer Stabilizing Jacks are used to prevent up-ending of semi-trailers when they are not connected to a tractor during loading and unloading operations. Also used to level trailers parked on sloped ground and to prevent landing gear from sinking into a soft surface. High strength steel construction. Flush-type zerk fitting for lubricating ACME screw. Meets OSHA regulations when used with wheel chocks. Yellow powder coat finish for added toughness. Includes reflective collar for visibility at night. Visit the video page for more information.