National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD) is no laughing matter; it’s a matter of life or death. The sad truth is that there are far too many people who lack the proper training to operate these powerfully efficient — and extremely dangerous — vehicles, and their actions behind the wheel have serious consequences.
However, in recent months the prospect of leaving one’s home has also become a daunting ordeal. You might be wondering, “how are we supposed to gather to educate ourselves on the 7th anniversary of such an important event if we can hardly leave our own homes?” It’s true, gathering in public — even to go to the grocery store — has become just as much a matter of life or death as forklift safety. But fear not, dear reader; forklift safety awareness is still possible in our technological age, even if leaving our homes suddenly isn’t.
For those of you who aren’t aware, June 9th, 2020 marks the 7th anniversary of NFSD, a day that offers an opportunity for industry professionals, customers, policy makers, government officials and many more to gather in the common goal of education on the importance of forklift safety and operator training. The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) founded this event in 2014, hoping to bring awareness to the importance of forklift safety education.
As mentioned earlier, it’s a matter of life or death — and no, we’re not just saying that. According to estimates by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are nearly 110,000 forklift accidents and roughly 85 forklift fatalities each year. If that isn’t bad enough, there are roughly 20,000 worker injuries each year, and these accidents and fatalities cost businesses about $135,000,000 annually. Yeah, those are some bleak numbers, but there is some good news! About 70% of those tragedies could have been avoided with proper forklift training. There’s your proof: events like NFSD, which promote the importance of forklift training, are not only beneficial. They’re essential.
This year, NFSD has encountered new and unprecedented obstacles. However, ITA has been quick in adjusting to these new circumstances. This year, NFSD will be accessible from the safety of your own through the use of an online format. That’s right, a wealth of knowledge on forklift safety solutions will be available at your fingertips, just a click away. This online event will be open to anybody, and all you have to do is visit ITA’s website to tune in and learn how you can do your part to promote the safety of employees, pedestrians and drivers.
Here’s more good news: NFSD isn’t your only resource for improving the safety of your forklift operations! In the spirit of NFSD, we here at Liftmasters want to remind you about the number of OSHA compliant safety training courses that we offer. We’ve made it our business to make sure that all of our customers know how to handle the equipment we offer. In fact, our training is so easy to access that it’d be hard to avoid. All you have to do is make a visit to our San Antonio location, and if that doesn’t work, we can even come to you. From aerial training — where we’ll teach you to avoid falls, electrical shock, tip overs, and many other common hazards — to forklift training, you’ll leave our program with the proper training to feel safe behind the wheel of a forklift. We’re doing our part for forklift safety awareness, and you can too by participating in NFSD on June 9th and, requesting OSHA compliant safety training at your location.
Be safe and have a happy National Forklift Safety Day!