The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) has sponsored this day since its inauguration June 10, 2014 in Washington, D.C. At first, it was meant to connect Congress with industrial companies to discuss export trade barriers. However, it’s become a spotlight that shines on occupational safety.
The Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) estimates that an average of 85 people are killed in forklift accidents every year while about 34,900 accidents result in serious injury and 62,000 result in non-serious injuries. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimated that 70% of forklift accidents are caused by the operator. Operator inattentiveness is preventable.
OSHA believes that proper education and training will lead to a 25-30% decrease in accidents rates while they’ve found a 61% improvement in operator performance scores after effective training.
Because the best way to prevent forklift accidents is through education and training, Forklifts of Toledo’s operator training classes continue to contribute towards the goals of National Forklift Safety Day by educating operators, both new and experienced, on proper safety procedures and practices. For more information about operator training, contact a Forklifts of Toledo representative.