FORKLIFT TRAINING AND SAFETY BE CAREFUL Tough trucks require careful operation. Safety is freedom from physical injury and property damage. Creating a safe materials handling environment requires a team effort. Team members include the owner/manager of the materials handling operation, employees at the facility regardless of their assigned duties, forklift operators, forklift manufacturers, such as Hyster Company, and maintenance personnel to ensure recommended forklift maintenance guidelines are followed. Hyster® forklift trucks are designed and built for optimal operator and pedestrian safety in numerous types of materials handling applications. For unique applications, special options such as the paper industry package, or the environmental package are also offered by Hyster Company. The physical layout of a materials handling operation must accommodate the production goals of a facility and allow for the safety of employees and equipment that operate within the facility. Facility layout, work rules, employee training, and the use and proper maintenance of Hyster® forklift trucks that have been designed to be used safely by trained operators all contribute to freedom from physical injury and property damage. Links in this section provide access to information on operator training, safety features engineered in Hyster® trucks, maintenance programs and safety-related accessories. More information regarding these programs and products is available through the local Hyster® Dealer. The information provided here is general and is not meant to change any requirements under OSHA's Powered Industrial Truck Requirements. Safety and Training OverviewSafety is freedom from unacceptable risk of physical injury or damage to the health of people due to damage of property or the environment. Safety is lived out through a combination of functional safety, operator training, and proper equipment maintenance.Operator Pedestrian TrainingBoth drivers and pedestrians benefit from safety training.Engineering for SafetyHyster not only promotes safety through training, it builds safety features into the lift trucks themselves. The ability to design for improved safety comes from Hyster's experience in the material handling industry and from available technology.Special Features and AccessoriesHyster makes available - as optional equipment - a wide range of accessories that may be used in a specific application and work environment.Maintenance and SafetyProper maintenance starts with the daily checks of the forklift. But other aspects of the working environment are also important to maintain, including wheel chocks, trailer locks, dock plates, lighting, and travel lane markings for trucks and pedestrians.