Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Safety

The purpose of Behavior Safety Associates’ Powered Industrial Truck Operation Program is to prevent injury or property damage caused by the unsafe operation of forklifts and other powered industrial trucks (PIT). Our PIT experts developed this program to comply with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178, Powered Industrial Trucks and 29 CFR 1926.20. It applies to all workplaces using PITs.
Behavior Safety Associates, LLC will develop policy and procedures for operating forklifts and other PITs.  Powered industrial vehicles as defined by OSHA include forklifts and:  

  • High-lift vehicles such as scissorlifts
  • Electric-battery-powered industrial trucks, including golf carts
  • Internal combustion engine powered industrial trucks
  • Rough terrain forklift trucks
  • Industrial crane trucks
  • Personnel and burden carriers (such as golf carts)
  • Operator controlled industrial tow tractors
  • Guided industrial vehicles and automated functions of manned industrial vehicles

Operator Training will be conducted by Behavior Safety Associates PIT professionals prior to allowing anyone to operate a powered industrial vehicle, with re-certification for experienced operators every 3 years. All BSA trainers have the knowledge and ability to teach and evaluate operators as set forth in 29 CFR 1910.178(l)(2)(iii). The powered industrial vehicle training utilizes written tests to assess the effectiveness of the knowledge of the employee after training. All incorrect answers, even with an acceptable score, must be reviewed with the trainer to ensure the operator knows each correct answer. In addition to the written verification of knowledge, a practical test of demonstrated skills is also required.