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Racine, Wisconsin

Racine, Wisconsin
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We owe our success to the lasting partnerships we’ve formed with our customers throughout our 30 years in business. Serving Milwaukee and Northern Illinois from our Racine, Wisconsin location, our quality equipment and services support local businesses as they grow.
Racine Equipment & Services
  • New Equipment
  • Used Equipment
  • Parts
  • Rental Equipment
  • Service & Maintenance
  • Forklift Operator Training

Fairchild Equipment is considered one of the Midwest’s most reliable and well-stocked new and used materials handling dealers. In addition to new and used materials handling equipment sales, we offer a comprehensive range of services to support our customers’ operations. Get the most out of your space with our warehouse design services. Take control of your bottom line with our fleet management solutions, or give your crew the training they need to safely operate your fleet with our forklift operator training programs for all skill levels.


We supply the greater Milwaukee area with used forklifts from Hyster from our Racine location, including used electric Hyster forklifts with innovative designs and incredible maneuverability. Equally industrious, our heavy duty used Cushman utility vehicles and versatile Columbia ParCar carriers can support workers during any warehousing operation. Efficiently scrub warehouse floors with heavy duty used floor scrubbers. Every machine in our used heavy equipment and used materials handling equipment fleet is assessed by our certified technicians to ensure it’s in top working order.


Fairchild Equipment’s impressive rental fleet addresses the need of your distribution operation. Rent a high capacity Hyster forklift for a single-day project, or a used aerial work platform to round out your fleet during the busy season. Our reliable Milwaukee forklifts for rent will keep your operation running at peak efficiency.


When you need emergency repairs or routine maintenance, our certified road technicians and mobile tire press come to you to minimize your business’ downtime. We also have dedicated in-house staff of service technicians on hand to handle most repairs. With a stock of parts for over 40 equipment lines, we effectively solve your equipment problems. If your business requires forklift training and safety, our lift truck training classes are available for every skill level.

We’re here to be your operation’s partner. Our knowledgeable team is available to find a customized solution for your business in Racine and the greater Milwaukie, Wisconsin area.


Training & Safety Part 1 - Operator Training

The Subject of Safety and Training

In the days that are leading up to National Safety Month, there are many aspects that we’ll be talking about. These subjects will help prepare you for a multitude of situations when it comes to safety. Did you know that National Forklift Safety day is June 13th? So, how can we know for sure that we’re being safe in our workplace? One answer is proper training.

Not only is training important to operate powered industrial trucks and heavy equipment it, along with certification, is required by OSHA for employees who will be driving forklifts.1 Additionally, recertification of forklift operator training is required every three years or after any incident involving a forklift; and for a good reason. Equipment and standards can change rapidly, so it’s imperative that operators are up-to-date on the latest training and safety available.

What is Training Designed To Do?

Operator training is specifically designed to apply a hands-on approach to learning the basics about forklifts and safety of the equipment and in the workplace. Forklift operators will learn an array of topics for basic lift truck stability, proper load handling techniques, proper inspection before operation, charging and fueling procedures, identifying lift trucks by class and how to determine lift truck capacity. Did you know that a forklift is actually more stable when it is loaded than when it is empty? Operator training will teach you why.  

One of the biggest aspects of operator training is the pre-operator inspection. A daily inspection is a required component enforced by OSHA before the forklift can go into service.2 Additional requirements for completing pre-operation inspections pertain to applications that use forklifts in 24/7 facilities, and OSHA says that trucks must be examined after each shift in this scenario.3 These inspections are not just required, but are essential in identifying problems before they occur. The intention of the inspection is to keep the operator working in the safest possible workplace environment and help preserve integrity of the equipment.

Classes for forklift operator training are usually pre-scheduled, but most training departments are flexible and can work with your schedule, especially for large group classes. Additional resources are typically available for additional costs (like DVDs and books), but are great resources to keep on-hand. And if you ever have any questions, there is no harm in asking a professional who will either supply you with an answer or help you locate an expert who can.

Operator training for other types of equipment isn’t necessarily required by OSHA, but the more the operators are familiar with the equipment that they use, the safer they are. In-turn, operators who practice safe driving and operating minimize a business’ exposure to unnecessary incidences.

Other Equipment Training Available

Aerial equipment is another type of equipment that is typical to train operators. Scissors Lifts and Boom Lifts actually fall under two different regulations. Familiarizing your employees on aerial equipment is important. Walking an operator around the unit will help them learn and identify potential hazards to watch for when using the equipment. Learning to properly operate aerial equipment will also help the employee understand the appropriate way to maneuver the unit without endangering themselves, others or property. And lastly, and most importantly, operators will learn what kind of personal protection equipment (PPE) that is required to use when operating aerial equipment and how to wear it.

Make the first step of onboarding your new employee operator training. In some cases it will be necessary, but even if it isn’t it can enhance safety awareness, promote proper operation of equipment and demonstrate positive value toward your employee.

Do you have a lot of turnover in your organization? Getting someone within your organization certified to train new operators can be a solution to some cost savings and compliance. Usually, a Train-the-Trainer class for one or more employees can solve this concern. And again, empowering your employees with job preparedness can make a significant impact.  

Fairchild Equipment can offer an array of training services which include comprehensive operator training or train-the-trainer training. Make sure to find the next available training date and schedule you or your employees today. When it comes to safety, you have to start somewhere and operator training can be your stepping stone.

Register online and schedule your operator training or train the trainer session. Or call us today 844-432-4724 to answer questions or talk to someone about training.