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1.  You need a minimum high school education or completed the GED.

2.  You need to be 18 years old or older

3.  You should be in good physical shape and have good eyesight.

     (Wearing corrective lenses or contacts are OK)

4.  Depending on the job at hand, you may need to learn other skills. The employer will list what those

     requirements are. (for example, you may need knowledge in using a carpet lifter forklift attachment

     for a job in a carpet warehouse)

5.  Have certification that you have attended and passed an OSHA compliant school for forklift

     operation. (see below for a list of schools in your state)

6.  You do not need a driver’s license become a forklift operator.

7.  Safety Equipment is necessary. You’ll need proper footwear, safety glasses, and earplugs.

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The state of Georgia is home to numerous fortune 500 companies and the city of Atlanta has one of the busiest airports in the world. As well, Georgia contains numerous shipping ports, which import and export millions of tons of goods each year. A licensed forklift operator is in high demand in the Georgia job market.

In the state of Georgia, it is required by law to be certified as a forklift operator according to the guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). If you are found to be driving a forklift without this certification, you or your employer could be facing a fine

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state of Georgia

up to $10,000. These laws are enforced because of the dangers of untrained and careless forklift operators that kill or injure workers each year in accidents. You must renew your certification every

3 years and carry your license card with you on the job.

The OSHA has requirements in place that employers must meet for their workers who are going to be operating a forklift. Most employers have a dedicated trainer to teach their employees OSHA required forklift training. Other times they will hire a consultant to do the teaching if no trainer is available.

These are the OSHA industry regulations for both employers and individuals:

OSHA 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks (forklift operator training) For general industry such as warehouse, port, etc.

OSHA 1910.179(l) - Operator Training for Powered Industrial Trucks (forklifts) For the construction industry

What are the requirements to become a forklift operator?

Getting a forklift license in Georgia in five easy steps:

1.  Find and contact an OSHA and/or state compliant school or trainer near you. See below for a list

     of schools/trainers in this state.

2.  Upon taking the course, you will usually be shown a course on how a forklift works, forklift safety     

     and maintenance. You will then take a written examination. Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

3.  As part of the course, you will be given hands-on training operating a forklift. Part of this training will

     be the walk-around inspection before starting. When you feel comfortable in operating the machine

     in the facility, the trainer will then test you performing various tasks with the machine. You may be

     using several types of forklifts (counterbalance, narrow aisle, pallet) in your training or just one

     kind. It is advisable to learn how to operate a variety of machines so you can increase your

     chances at getting a good job. Be sure to learn all of the controls and features of the machine

     at hand. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your trainer for more time operating the machine until you get

     used to it.

4.  When you pass these series of tests you should be awarded your forklift certificate.

     Congratulations! You have now met the OSHA standards to become a certified forklift operator.

     Be sure to get your certificate and/or operators license. You can use your license for 3 years, then

     it must be renewed, usually at the same training school. (for a small fee)

5.  Next, search for a forklift job and remember to show your operators license and note it on your

     resume. Be sure to search for forklift jobs here at our website! You now have a very good chance

     at getting a well paying job.

Forklift Training Schools in Georgia

B & W Forklift Training Center LLC 329 Gees Mill Business Pkwy Suite 200, Conyers, GA 30013 678-413-1111

Toyota Forklifts of Atlanta 3111 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Scottdale, GA 30079 404-373-1606

Komatsu Forklift-Atlanta 1475 Rock Mountain Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083 770-938-5071

Forklift Depot 6445 Industrial Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004 404-772-4957

L & M Equipment LLC 57 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303 404-420-0034

Southeast Industrial Equipment, Inc 512 Bourne Ave, Garden City, GA 31408 912-965-9191

What kind of salary can I make as a licensed forklift operator?

In the state of Georgia a forklift operator can earn an hourly wage of $13.90 or $28,910 per year. Wages can be higher and overtime is also an option in earning more.

State agencies

For more information regarding employment standards you may contact:

Georgia Department of Labor

48 Andrew Young International Blvd., NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404) 232-7300

OSHA Area Offices

Atlanta East Area Office

LaVista Perimeter Office Park

2183 N. Lake Parkway, Building 7

Suite 110, Tucker, Georgia 30084-4154

(770) 493-6644

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