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How to Follow OSHA’s Fall Protection Guidelines Without Overburdening Your Business

How to Follow OSHA’s Fall Protection Guidelines Without Overburdening Your Business

As you probably know, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cracked down on fall protection standards in 2016 to try and lessen the ever-growing number of fall hazards, injuries and deaths in the workplace. While this is a great development for workplace safety, many businesses have had a hard time halting their day-to-day operations to dissect these OSHA standards and integrate them into their workplace environment. So, let’s talk about the OSHA standards and how they affect your business.

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Stand Up For Workplace Safety With Forklift And Aerial Training

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Your new material handling equipment operators have watched a video on how to safely operate forklifts and aerial equipment. Someone in your organization has asked them questions to make sure they thoroughly understood the material. Now you are ready to hand them the keys and let them get to work, right?

Not so fast! This may have been acceptable many years ago, but it isn’t anymore. For one thing, it’s illegal and could have you facing some hefty fines. More importantly, it puts forklift and aerial equipment operators, other employees and visitors at risk. It’s not worth it!

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Do I Really Have to Do a Daily Forklift Checklist?

The short answer is yes! OSHA legally requires you to do a daily walk around before putting your forklift into service – every day and every shift change for 24-hour operations. But really, even though it’s required by law to perform this action, that’s not the most important reason to make this part of your daily routine without fail.

Yes, you can get in trouble for not doing it. But more importantly, it can cost you much more in terms of safety and equipment uptime when you or your employees don’t do a routine check of your equipment.

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National Forklift Safety Day Promotes Safety First Every Day

 

At S&L Liftmasters, we believe in a culture of safety first, safety every day. We are proud to celebrate and support the 6th annual National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association, on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

National Forklift Safety Day brings awareness to the troubling fact that we still see roughly 20,000 workers injured in forklift accidents every year in the United States. Some of these injuries result in fatalities. Bringing awareness to forklift safety has helped the numbers go down, but it’s still vital to always keep safety – and proper training - as a priority. As an owner/operator of forklifts, you want to make sure that everybody goes home healthy at the end of their shift.

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Liftmasters Participating In National Forklift Safety Day

Liftmasters Participating In National Forklift Safety Day

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.

Liftmasters also carriers the distinguished Linde line of forklifts, one of the world’s most respected brands. The technologically advanced forklifts offer many energy efficient and safety features. Linde forklifts can reduce operating costs as much as 40% compared to other brands.

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Liftmasters’ General Guidelines to OSHA Forklift Operator Training

Liftmasters’ General Guidelines to OSHA Forklift Operator Training

Powered industrial trucks, i.e. forklifts are common in material handling and many other industries. Forklifts are used to lift, raise and lower heavy and large pallets, boxes, crates and containers. Moving these heavy loads create hazards commonly associated with powered industrial trucks and anywhere they are used. Each different style or class of forklift creates distinct operating hazards. The best way to protect your employees, customers, product and equipment from injury, damage or death is through proper training.

Business’s utilizing industrial lift trucks are required to provide OSHA Forklift Operator Training and Certification for all employees who operate powered industrial lift trucks. All trainees may operate a powered industrial truck only under direct supervision of certified trainers who have the knowledge, training and experience to train operators and effectively evaluate student’s competence. Training is required to take place at a location that does not endanger either the trainee, trainer or other employees.

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Liftmasters Joins The Forklift Safety Conversation

Liftmasters Joins The Forklift Safety Conversation

Liftmasters is excited to celebrate the 2nd Annual National Forklift Safety Day and stress the importance of proper forklift safety training.

National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association, is a daylong event meant to highlight the importance of forklift safety and educate customers, policymakers and industry leaders.

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