A forklift operator’s certificate is a bit like a driver’s license - though you don’t need a driver’s license to become a forklift operator. Just like a driver’s license indicates if the driver can operate a motorcycle or a commercial vehicle, a forklift license specifies what forklift type that the operator is certified to use (a pallet truck with an electric motor, for example) as well as any attachments.
It's common knowledge that forklift drivers must be trained on each piece of equipment they operate, but what about other workers in the warehouse or yard? While there aren't any OSHA requirements for pedestrian training, OSHA's General Duty Clause says employers take measures to protect employees from recognized risks.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), nearly 20 percent of forklift accidents involve a pedestrian. So, roughly 19,000 people per year, an average of 1 in 10 forklifts is involved in an incident each year.