According to data from OSHA, about 90% of all forklifts will be involved in an accident during their lifetime. That means that one or more of your company’s operators will be involved in an accident using a forklift. To help mitigate the risk of injuries, the material handling industry is promoting National Forklift Safety Day.
Forklifts are now manufactured to be significantly safer than when they were first produced years ago. Komatsu’s latest models are manufactured to be innovative, high-quality, durable and reliable forklifts that surpass the needs of the material handling industry. Built with Clean Air Technology, Komatsu forklifts are better for the environment than other brands while also providing better protection for their operators. With so many quality features, Liftmasters is proud to be an authorized dealer of Komatsu.
However, even with the safest models of forklifts, proper operator training, knowledge, attitude and skills are vital to ensure a safe work environment. To promote safety awareness, Liftmasters partners with other recognized manufacturers to celebrate the fourth annual National Forklift Safety Day on Tuesday, June 13, in Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), National Forklift Safety Day is an event that educates customers, government officials and policymakers about the importance of proper operating training and the safe use of forklifts.
In light of National Forklift Safety Day, Liftmasters offers quality Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – compliant training classes and programs so companies can meet safety requirements to provide and conduct business in a safe, productive fashion.
If any industry has a major impact on the economy, it’s the lift truck industry. With over $25 billion to U.S. GDP annually, the material handling offers much to the economy. In fact it employs nearly a quarter million people directly in material handling and an additional 750,000 million in jobs outside the industry. With such a big role in the economy, safety awareness plays a major role in ensuring forklift operators and customers have a safer work environment.
National Forklift Safety Day participants will attend mini-seminars scheduled throughout the day by safety experts on current OSHA trends, fleet and operator safety, rack safety, fall protection and industrial battery handling. There will also be product demonstrations and take-home safety give-a-ways. ITA Representative Brian Feehan says that ITA plans to reach an audience of more than 60 million people with National Forklift Safety Day. All National Forklift Safety Day activities in Washington, D.C., are free and open to anyone interested in participating.
The speaker list is impressive with over ten movers and shakers in material handling manufacturing, government safety and general industry that will be giving talks starting the afternoon of the 12th and all day on the 13th – the official National Forklift Safety Day.
For more information on National Forklift Safety Day or to schedule operator safety training classes, contact Liftmasters today!
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