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Why forklift training achieves a better ROI, beyond just safety factors Forklift training is an essential and legal requirement for every business where its employees operate forklifts and counterbalance forklifts. Besides the need to comply with occupational health and safety regulations, investing in forklift training helps businesses achieve a higher return on investment beyond just the safety factor. In this article, we’ll explore what the potential risks to companies are when they do not invest in forklift training and the potential impact

that it has on a business bottom line. The oppositive effect, reward and benefit are highlighted for those companies who do invest in forklift training. By the end of this article, you’ll be more informed to make decisions that are best for your business. Legal obligation and Compliance Every business that operates plant

and machinery must comply with The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 (“OHSA”). Businesses that fail to comply open themselves up to significant risks including receiving fines and penalties ranging from R50,000 to R100,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years for non-compliance. The OHSA exists for two core reasons: • Protect the health and safety of people at work in connection with the use of plants and machinery; • Protect people other than those of your employees against hazards and risks to their health and safety arising out of activities by people at work. Businesses using forklifts and other material handling equipment must ensure that their workforce has safe environments to work in and as such are required to maintain safe work systems, plants and machinery. Employees are required to be informed of safety and health risks when operating heavy lifting equipment and other operating

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