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Age Requirement to Operate a Forklift

What is the age requirement to operate a forklift?

age requirement to operate a forklift

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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.

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Age Requirement to Operate a Forklift

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 […]

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Defining Forklift Load Center

Understanding the forklift load center is vital to an operator keeping the forklift and load stable. Keep in mind that forklifts typically weigh almost twice of their rated lift capacity. To protect operators and product, load center ratings are required on the forklift data plate. To understand the concept of load center, visualize two children […]

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Forklift Operating Surfaces

Forklifts are called “heavy equipment” for good reason. An unloaded standard forklift at 5,000 lbs of rated lift capacity weighs 9,000 lbs. With a load, the forklift weight can increase to 14,000 lbs. Pressure on Floor Surfaces It’s not uncommon to see blacktop damaged by repeated forklift traffic. When carrying a maximum capacity load, a […]