The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


June 29, 2012

SCC coordinator, instructors receive forklift certification

Friday, June 29, 2012 — Josh Aldridge, Heavy Equipment coordinator; William Beaver, Welding instructor; and Lindsey Toole, part-time Continuing Education instructor, for Stanly Community College (SCC) recently completed a Forklift General Industry Instructor Development certification. This certification will allow Stanly Community College faculty to provide expertise in how to develop and deliver complete in-house training programs, design evaluations, and instruct non-operators how to work safely around forklifts and meet OSHA requirements.

According to OSHA, there are 85 forklift fatalities per year, 34,900 serious injuries, and 61,800 non-serious injuries. Fatalities occur most likely in manufacturing facilities (42 percent), followed by construction (23.8 percent), wholesale trades (12.5 percent), transportation (11 percent), and retail trade (9 percent). Studies show that most accidents could have been prevented by better training which can also reduce the severity of an accident.

This certification was provided as part of N.C. Customized Training Instructional Capacity Building funds that are used to support college personnel for the delivery of training services to Stanly County business and industries.

SCC’s Customized Training program is part of the college’s new Economic Development division which is positioned to play a central role in re-purposing the workforce into a highly productive labor force. For more information, visit

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