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January 27 CONN-OSHA Offers Training on “Fork” Use - Powered Industrial Truck Operators Instructed on OSHA Standards

For immediate release
December 30, 2008

WETHERSFIELD - Driving a powered industrial truck isn’t as simple as climbing in behind the wheel, turning the key and shifting the vehicle into gear. 

Indeed, there’s a good deal more involved; operators of these “fork” trucks,” as they are commonly known, have to meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Powered Industrial Truck Standard - which requires formal instruction, practical training, and periodically grading by certified trainers who can evaluate their performance.

Operators of powered industrial trucks will be able to make sure they have addressed every detail of their training by attending a “Powered Industrial Truck (Fork Truck)” seminar scheduled for Jan. 27 and being sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA).

The session, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon, will be held Conference Room A of the agency's Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard in Wethersfield.  

“There are always hazards associated with operating any type of equipment,” explains John Able, CONN-OSHA Occupational Safety Training Specialist, who is coordinating the program. “So, it’s best to be aware of all the latest training information and know all the requirements, including any updates or new information as it may pertain to your health and safety while you are operating this type of vehicle.  That’s what we’re trying to accomplish with our Powered Industrial Truck (Fork Truck) seminar, and we welcome your participation.”

Admission to the seminar is free, but pre-registration for the seminar is required. To register for the session, or for additional information, please contact John Able at (860) 263-6902, or via email at able.john@dol.gov.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535


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