Washington Forklift Operations Requirements
The state of Washington has adopted the OSHA federal guidelines in that forklift drivers need to be at least 18 years old and the operator must receive the following training:
- General forklift operation and safety information
- Specific workplace training that includes practical hands-on demonstration which covers the type of forklift the operator will actually be using
- Evaluation of the employee’s skill and ability to operate the forklift vehicle safely
- The employer is responsible for document the training
- Should an operator be involved in an accident, near miss or demonstrate unsafe operation he must be given refresher training
- If an employee is assigned to a different type of forklift that he is unfamiliar with or the working conditions change then the employee must receive refresher training.
However, the state of Washington has also added provisions for the forklift truck that are far stricter than the federal government rules.
The specific changes relate to gas fueling and some safe operational requirements, although these have less to do with licensing than with the actual truck operations.
These rules have to do with the specifications of the actual forklift and the modifications and alterations which may be made to the forklift and still allow it to be operational.
On average a forklift driver in Washington will expect to earn $18.13 per hour or $37,710 pa. Washington is ranked 5th in terms of earning potential across all US states. Alaska comes in at 4th and California 6th.
Check out how you compare against the other states HERE.
If you still have questions or would like additional information about Forklift Training in Washington, you can contact the Department of Labor and Industry at (360) 902-5800.
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Tumwater, Wash. 98501-5414
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