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5th Annual National Forklift Safety Day Is For Everyone




Besides being the law in the U.S., why exactly does one have to undergo OSHA-approved forklift operator training? National Forklift Safety Day is celebrated every year because everybody deserves to go home after work. This year, the event is on June 12th and S&L Liftmasters supports the effort.

According to OSHA statistics, there are roughly 85 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious forklift injuries each year. More grim statistics reveal that:

  • 42% of forklift fatalities from operator being crushed by a tipping vehicle
  • 70% of all industrial accidents are caused by operators
  • Roughly 80% of forklift accidents involve a pedestrian

National Forklift Day is sponsored each year by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) in an effort to raise awareness of and improve safety of operating forklifts. The importance of operator training has been proven by OSHA statistics that show:

  • 25-30% reduction in accident rate due to effective training
  • 61% improvement in operator performance scores after training

Only trained and certified individuals may legally operate forklifts and nobody under 18 (in non-agriculture settings) may operate a forklift.

Safety first: Forklift safety is everybody’s responsibility. Make sure everybody goes home after a shift.


  • Leave the phones out of the forklift environment. Cell phones distract operators and pedestrians.
  • Use a daily checklist every day to make sure your forklift is in good operating condition. Never operate a forklift that cannot pass a daily safety check.
  • Make sure forklift areas are well lighted and use horns and lights to warn others when a forklift is approaching.

Liftmasters offers OSHA-compliant training. For more information about our training program or to enroll in one of our training courses, fill out the Training Request Form.

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