National Forklift Safety Day - June 13, 2017

6/13/2017

June 13, 2017 is National Forklift Safety Day.  This day was established to raise awareness
about the importance of forklift safety.

Forklift safetyTowlift Toledo is holding a Safety Expo on June 22 in tribute to this day.  For more information on this event, go to:  http://tinyurl.com/safetyexpo2017

Each year people are injured or killed in forklift accidents. The best way to prevent more from occurring is through education, training and improved safety awareness.  Here’s some facts and stats:

Why train forklift operators?

  • 70% of all industrial accidents are caused by operator error (National Safety Council).

  • Effective training may reduce accident rates by 25-30% (OSHA)

  • Following forklift operator training, OSHA found a 61% improvement in operator performance scores (OSHA).

  • It's the law.  Only trained and certified individuals can legally operate forklifts.  OSHA Regulation 29CFR1910.178(I)

The Employer:
  • Must Train
  • Must Evaluate
  • Must Re-certify
  • Must Re-train when:  Accident, near miss, observed unsafe behavior, change in equipmentor operating conditions.
  • Must re-evaluate every 3 years.
Towlift offers several different operator training classes, safety classes, veterans’ classes and re-certification classes. The goal of these classes is to educate operators, old and new alike, about proper lift truck safety procedures.  For our complete training schedule, go to towlift.com/training.
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