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Can employees commence work without instruction and training?

A reader asks: I started work at another company. The production here is the same as at my previous job, and therefore I did not consider it an issue that I wasn’t instructed before I commenced work. Now my boss wants me to use a forklift to take finished goods to the warehouse. I have never done this before. My boss said that training was not necessary because I have to use the forklift for only half an hour per day and I drive my car to work every day. Do I have the right to request instruction or refuse to operate the forklift?

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