The Industrial Truck Association has designated June 11th as National Forklift Safety Day. This annual event was established to raise awareness of forklift safety. Each year people are injured or killed in forklift accidents. With that in mind, every day needs to be forklift safety day, not just once a year. The best way to prevent forklift accidents from occurring is through education, training and improved safety awareness.
Why train forklift operators? Note these facts:
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, evaluate, and re-certify. The employer must re-train when there is an accident, near miss, observed unsafe behavior, change in equipment or operating conditions. The employer must re-evaluate every 3 years.
Towlift can help your business achieve it's safety goals. We offer:
Forklift Operator Training: For our complete training schedule, go to towlift.com/training.
Forklift Safety Accessories: There are new innovative safety products that make others aware of forklifts to keep them at a safe distance. Contact our parts department to order.
Forklift PM Inspection Service: Our TRIM PM service includes important safety checks. Contact a Towlift Sales Rep for pricing.
Product Safety Consultation: Talk to your Towlift Sales Rep or Service technician about your forklift's features. Many models have the ability to custom program the drive and hydraulic speed functions to the operator's experience level.
Use June 11th as a day to review safety procedures at your business. Let's make 2019 a zero incident year.