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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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Nebraska is one of the nations largest producers of pork, beef, corn and soybeans. Shipping and freight transport by rail and truck is also a large industry here. Due to this, demand for licensed forklift operators in cities such as Omaha and Norfolk is always high. View our site below for a forklift school near you and for job searches.

In the state of Nebraska, 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

Forklift license in the

state of Nebraska

be facing a fine 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 Nebraska 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 he 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 forklift 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 Nebraska

National Safety Council, Nebraska 11620 M Cir, Omaha, NE 402-896-0454

F-M Lift Pro 10421 Chandler Cir, La Vista, NE 402-697-3901

Riekes Equipment Co 6703 L St, Omaha, NE 402-593-1181

Forklifts of Omaha 4110 S 52nd St, Omaha, NE 402-596-9900

MH Equipment Co 3715 W Old Potash Hwy, Grand Island, NE 308-382-3585

Duke Aerial Inc. 540 W O St, Lincoln, NE 402-466-0245

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

In the state of Nebraska a forklift operator can earn an hourly wage of $14.70 or $30,576 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:

OSHA Nebraska

Omaha Area Office

444 Regency Parkway Drive, Suite 303

Omaha, Nebraska 68114

(402) 553-0171

Nebraska Department of Labor

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