How Long Does Forklift Certification Last?

How long does forklift certification last? In line with OSHA regulations, all forklift drivers must have their training evaluated and refreshed every 3 years. That’s true whether you live in California or elsewhere in the United States. 

Why Does Forklift Certification Only Last 3 Years?

OSHA continuously unrolls safety updates. This is in an effort to reduce the chances of your business being affected by forklift-related accidents – ones that can result in lost productivity at best. And injury at worst. 

OSHA’s requirements could change yearly. By the time your 3 year-refresher rolls around, you could be unaware of key safety updates that affect and protect your workplace. 

That’s why OSHA’s 3-year certification policy remains in place. And also why you shouldn’t expect this renewal requirement to disappear any time soon.

Do You Know When to Replace Your Forklift Tires?

Looking for an easy way to improve efficiency and help forklift operators stay productive? Don't wait too long to replace your forklift's tires.  

New forklift tires: 

  • Improve fuel efficiency
  • Make your forklift last longer
  • Reduce forklift operator fatigue

Just 40% tire wear causes the forklift and driver to absorb 84% of the vehicle's vibration. That means transmission has to work harder, and your operator is going to get tired much faster. 

6 Dock Leveler Problems You Shouldn’t Ignore

If your dock leveler is making a weird noise or if the lip won’t extend fully, you need to have it serviced. Lead time for a new dock leveler can be several weeks and even months in some cases, so it’s critical to address and repair dock leveler issues before they turn into problems that can’t be repaired.

Read on to learn about:

  • Six dock leveler problems you shouldn’t ignore
  • Dock leveler troubleshooting
  • How often do dock levelers need service?
  • When to repair vs. replace a dock leveler

Dock Levelers - Straightforward Answers to Common Questions

A dock leveler is the most effective way to prevent equipment damage and tragic incidents at your loading dock. In this article, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about dock levelers, including:

  • Do I need a dock leveler, dock plate or dock board?
  • How much do dock levelers cost?
  • How long do dock levelers last?
  • How long does it take to get a dock leveler installed?
  • What are the most popular dock levelers in Northern California?
  • Can I convert a mechanical dock leveler into a hydraulic dock leveler?

Important note: the current lead time for a new dock leveler is 2-3 months. TMHNC is a preferred supplier and can often get them in 4-6 weeks, but don’t wait. If you need a dock leveler, contact us online or by phone: 

Bay Area - Livermore (510) 379-5210
Fresno (559) 834-9500
Sacramento (916) 376-0500
Salinas (831) 757-1091

Forklift Train the Trainer FAQs Answered

Ever wished you had an in-house forklift trainer? Being able to issue forklift operator certifications whenever you need to is very convenient.

The first step is to have a staff member with an OSHA forklift instructor certification. In this article, we’ll cover:

  • OSHA Train the Trainer Requirements 
  • Forklift Instructor Training in California
  • Frequently Asked Questions

For course pricing or to view our upcoming schedule, visit our forklift trainer certification course page.

What to Expect When You Convert to Lithium-Ion Forklift Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries revolutionized the personal electronics industry twenty years ago and now that wave of change has reached the material handling industry. Many pallet jacks and some electric forklifts now come standard with lithium-ion batteries.

Businesses in California that convert to lithium-ion-powered forklifts instantly gain an advantage over operations still using lead-acid batteries. Why? Because lithium-ion batteries significantly boost productivity while reducing downtime.

If you’re curious what it takes to swap your lead-acid forklift batteries for lithium-ion batteries, read on. 

For those unsure if switching to lithium-ion is a good idea, read Is a Lithium-Ion Forklift Battery Worth the Extra Cost? or ask us for a free evaluation.

Forklift Certification FAQs

Interested in learning how to drive a forklift? Wondering what it takes to become a certified forklift operator, what a forklift license is and where to go for training? Read on for the answers...

Forklift Refresher Training

OSHA 1910.178 (l) (4) (iii) states “An evaluation of each Powered Industrial Truck operators performance shall be conducted at least once every 3 years”. Everyone knows that!

Yet failure to provide appropriate training remains one of the top five forklift-related OSHA violations year after year. Moreover, it's considered a "Serious" violation with a minimum fine of $1036 and a maximum fine of $15,625 (in 2023).

Why is the citation so common? Many companies aren't aware OSHA requires forklift refresher training more frequently than every three years following certain situations. 

Forklift Mast Terminology Explained

Just like a 2-door car can also be described as a coupe, the most common forklift mast types have interchangeable names. Before you buy or rent a forklift, it’s important to know the various names for different types of forklift masts.

Already an experienced forklift buyer? Feel free to scroll past the first part of this article and test your knowledge of forklift mast terminology.

4 Major Benefits of Forklift Safety Training

Safety training is one of the best investments a facility manager can make. Incident analysis proves there is a direct (and sometimes tragic) relationship between inadequate training and costly workplace accidents.

The benefits of proactive safety training include:
- Greater productivity
- Decreased maintenance Costs
- Lower insurance premiums

Keep reading to learn four major benefits of forklift safety training. 

9 Signs Your Forklift Needs Service ASAP

Sometimes you're pressed to stretch your resources. A big deadline might be coming up, or it's just a busy season. But there is so much to do and so little time to get it done. Which, of course, is when your forklift starts hinting it needs a repair.

The deadline might make you consider putting off that repair, and trying to get a little bit more out of your forklift before taking it out of service. But that can be dangerous. Some signs should never be ignored. Read on to learn 9 signs that your forklift needs service ASAP.

How to Get a Forklift Certification in California

If you want to get a job driving a forklift in California, you need a forklift license. Getting a forklift license is similar to getting a driver's license, you have to prove you know what you're doing. The license also specifies what type of forklift that the operator is certified to use (electric, pneumatic tire, rough terrain, etc.) in the same way your driver's license might have a motorcycle or hazardous material endorsement.

CARB Forklift Regulations: Know Before You Buy

Across the U.S., approximately 60% of material handling operations use electric forklifts. But in California, it could soon be 100%.

Proposed regulations from The California Air Resources Board (CARB) will eventually phase out internal combustion (IC) forklifts. Operations will gradually retire any IC forklifts in their fleet, and the sale and purchase of used Spark-Ignited forklifts in California would be prohibited starting January 1, 2026.

Read on to learn about:

  • Pending regulations from CARB
  • Incentives for using electric equipment
  • When to choose a gas or propane forklift vs. electric

Popular Toyota Forklift Attachments

Some people think forklift attachments are only for specialized applications like moving big rolls of paper. But the reality is, attachments give your forklift superpowers such as the ability to:

  • Carry multiple pallets at once
  • Pickup fragile items – even if the operator is a novice
  • Move items without using heavy, expensive pallets

Forklift Attachments: Move More Product in Less Time

There are only so many hours in a day. So if you need to get more done in the same amount of time, forklift attachments are a great way to go. No matter what kind of product you move, the right forklift attachment can pay for itself in improved efficiency by:

  • Moving twice as much product
  • Improving driver productivity
  • Simplifying your workflow
  • Reducing product handling/damage
  • Eliminating costly, strenuous, and sometimes dangerous manual labor

Single-Double Forklift Attachments

It’s been said that the single-double forklift attachment may have been the greatest thing to happen to material handling productivity in the last thirty years. The single-double allows a standard forklift to carry two pallets at a time instead of one.

At TMHNC we sell Cascade’s single-double pallet handler which can hydraulically lift, carry and side-shift multiple pallets side by side. Moving double the loads means fewer trips and greater productivity, and side-shifting allows faster, more accurate loading of trucks and containers.

Forklift Financing and Leasing

The time has come to order a new forklift. You’ve researched your options and know what truck you want, but what about financing?

Is it better to lease or buy a forklift? How do forklift leases work?
(SPOILER ALERT: they’re a lot different than leasing a car).

Read on to learn about your forklift financing options and see two limited-time special offers.

Should I Buy A New or Used Forklift?

Given an unlimited budget, who wouldn’t choose a shiny new forklift with the newest technology and all the accessories? But as Mick Jagger famously sang, “you can’t always get what you want…but you might find you get what you need.”

But therein lies the question. Does your business need a brand-new forklift? Or would a used one work just as well?

Improve Warehouse Safety With the Toyota Smart Environment Sensor

It’s a busy day on the road. The highway is packed with cars busting the speed limit. You’re cruising along, trying to avoid the drivers weaving in and out of traffic. All of a sudden, brake lights flash ahead. Through the line of cars, you see a row of orange cones banking into your lane. On cue, turn signals blink to life on the vehicles in front. You click on your own and check your mirrors. There’s a gap in the lane next to you, and you turn your wheel to fill it. That’s when the warning light on your side view mirror flares. You pump the brakes and twist the wheel back into your lane as a motorcycle comes ripping up the dotted line straight out of nowhere. Heart pounding, you breathe a sigh of relief. You didn’t see him. Good thing your car did.

Life moves fast. And it’s all too easy for accidents to creep in from the blind spots. However, modern cars are safer with the addition of external sensors like proximity alerts. And now the same can be true for your forklift fleet. Keep reading to learn how the new Toyota Smart Environment Sensor can improve warehouse safety.

Save Lives and Money with Smart Hook Trailer Dock Locks

If you’ve ever driven through a busy parking lot, you know what chaos looks like. While you troll the aisles looking for a place to park, hazards surround you. Distracted shoppers wander the road with their noses stuck in their phones. Cars back out of spots without looking. Shopping carts clog up parking spaces. And traffic jockeys for the right-of-way with no clear direction from signs or lights. 

These conditions would be a nightmare on a loading dock. Yet, without proper engineering controls, a loading dock and a busy parking lot have much in common. So it’s no wonder 25% of all warehouse injuries take place on the loading dock. And for every accident, there are hundreds of close calls. 

With trailer restraints, you can prevent these accidents. Smart hook trailer dock locks can save your company millions in time, money, and human misery.


Why the Polaris PRO XD is the Most Reliable Work UTV

You can now buy, lease or rent  the Polaris PRO XD from TMHNC in the Bay Area, Sacramento, Fresno or Salinas. These new vehicles set the standard for durability, productivity and safety in work UTVs,

When to Lease Vs Buy an Electric Forklift - 3 Questions to Ask

One of the many decisions you’ll make when investing in a new piece of equipment is whether to buy or lease. A big part of that decision is the forklift's battery and what it will eventually cost to replace it.

A forklift battery should last a single-shift operation for five to eight years. Proper care and maintenance can extend battery life up to ten years, but they don't last forever. The average cost to replace an industrial battery is about $6,000 (give or take $1,000). Contact your rep for a more precise quote. 

If you’re unsure whether to lease or buy an electric lift truck outright, consider:
- How many hours will the forklift will be used each year?
- What is the operation’s current / future cash flow?
- Can the forklift be well-maintained by staff?

Forklift Attachments for the Wine Industry

Toyota Material Handling of Northern California has been a long time partner of winemakers in Napa / Sonoma. We’re proud to help vineyards large and small make more efficient use of their limited time and staff.

Forklift attachments are one of the most important tools utilized by wineries. Barrel handlers literally do the heavy lifting while carton clamps can eliminate the need for pallets. Rotators and forward bin dumpers quickly and cleanly handle macro bins full of grapes.

3 Most Common Forklift Accidents and How to Avoid Them

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nearly 100 workers are killed and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents annually. Statistically, that means one of every ten forklifts in the US will be involved in an accident every year.

An OSHA study found 25% of forklift accidents are due to inadequate operator training, but what about the other 75%? In today’s article we’ll review the most common forklift accidents and how to prevent them through: proper training, safety equipment and proactive technology.

How to Choose Long-Lasting Forklift Wheels

Forklift wheels aren’t one size fits all. The wrong wheels can decay quickly and need to be replaced more often. In today’s post, we’ll review different types of forklift wheels and how to extend the life of your forklift load wheels. 

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