National Forklift Safety Day reinforces importance of industry safety

June 12, 2019 By     0 Comments

The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) held its sixth annual National Forklift Safety Day on June 11. The event serves as an opportunity for forklift manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts, the value of operator training and the need for daily equipment checks.

Propane is the top fuel among internal combustion model forklifts. Photo courtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council

Propane is the top fuel among internal combustion model forklifts. Photo courtesy of the Propane Education & Research Council

“As the North American forklift market continues to be an important component in the economy and supply chain, the need for safety in the workplace becomes even more prevalent,” says Scott Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing for CLARK Material Handling Co. and chairman of ITA. “National Forklift Safety Day provides the yearly opportunity to gather industry experts and government officials to reinforce the importance of ongoing safety education and training.”

Elected officials, safety experts and industry representatives discussed the effectiveness of training to support successful safety programs across a broad spectrum of industries. National Forklift Safety Day raises awareness on the value of safety to those who produce, operate and work on or around forklifts.

“ITA has been the voice of the industrial truck industry for more than half a century,” says Brian Feehan, president of ITA. “We understand there is a critical need for effective forklift operator training, and ITA’s National Forklift Safety Day is meant to keep that discussion at the forefront year after year.”

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, operator performance scores improved by 61 percent after completing forklift operator training.

In addition to the Washington, D.C., events, many ITA members and their dealers sponsored local forklift safety activities for their customers to enhance awareness of safe practices in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing plants and other environments where forklifts are in use.

The Propane Education & Research Council unveiled a collection of safety resources on its website’s new landing page, propane.com/safetyfirst, dedicated to forklift safety.

Propane holds a significant market share in class 4 and 5 forklifts.

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Brian Richesson is the editor in chief of LP Gas Magazine. Contact him at brichesson@northcoastmedia.net or 216-706-3748.

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