National Forklift Safety Day

Posted by 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.