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Posted by E. Burnett on June 14, 2016
National Forklift Safety Day is sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association. On this day manufacturers call attention to the dangers of forklift operation and seek to educate customers, the public and government officials about safe forklift operation.
Over 190,000 new forklifts were sold in the United States last year. The material handling industry is estimated to be about $165 billion annually. With all of that machinery performing such vital functions, forklift safety is a topic worthy of an annual day of intentional focus by the industry.
Are you ready to focus on forklift safety at your facility? Here's what is recommended as a good first step.
Choose a Forklift Safety Champion
Your forklift safety program will be more effective if one person oversees the effort. They will need to be:
Committed to improving the safety of your forklift truck operations
Willing to dedicate the time to supervise and oversee safety improvements
Appropriately trained to take on a role of such responsibility
Competent to identify and assess potential hazards in the workplace
Confident to lead internal meetings and act appropriately when bad practice occurs
Have The Champion Organize Manager and Supervisor Training
When it comes to ensuring safety, managers have ultimate responsibility. They don’t need to be able to operate a forklift truck necessarily, but do need the skills and knowledge to:
Understand all tasks performed and the risks involved
Oversee regular inspections of the site and equipment
Ensure action is taken to keep both in good shape
Make sure practices are in place to minimize risk
Know that different materials are suitable for different tasks and carry different risks
Garrison can help you get your Champion ready with our operator training. More information is available by clicking this LINK.