Every employer has a duty to provide its employees with a safe work place. Accordingly, since 1969, federal law has mandated that lift truck operators receive training and evaluation before using trucks and equipment. Although the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its standards in 1999 to include training in more specific subject areas, technological advances in training tools are pushing the best practices of lift truck operation to new levels.
The Raymond Corporation is at the forefront of the development of operator training programs for use by employers, with a new, industry-first virtual reality (VR) program designed to provide operators with a simulated operating experience, as well as comprehensive operator training programs like Safety on the Move® and the Raymond iWAREHOUSE telematics system, which provides additional assistance to those tasked with supervising operators. Taken together, these measures can help improve operational efficiency.
A New Way to Train: The Raymond Corporation’s VR training allows operators to use a forklift in simulation mode to train using preprogrammed exercises. After plugging the forklift into Raymond’s Simulation Port (sPort), a user can secure the VR headset and enter an enhanced training experience that simulates the movement and feeling of operating a forklift in a warehouse environment.