What is the age requirement to operate a forklift?
There are several guidelines to follow when hiring youth workers between the ages of 14-17 years old; however, regulation 29 CFR 570.58 specifically prohibits employees under the age of 18 years old to operate a forklift.
Forklift Youth Labor Laws
In May 2002, the website YouthRules was launched by Secretary of the Department of Labor, Elaine Chao. Its purpose is to increase public awareness of youth workers and provide quick access to Federal and State labor laws.
ProLift can help you stay on top of current laws and best safety practices. Learn more about our safety training class offerings, including Train-the-Trainer for forklifts and aerial equipment.