June 12, 2018: National Forklift Safety Day
The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) is sponsoring National Forklift Safety Day and works with OSHA to provide training seminars and develop safety materials to ensure the ongoing safety of forklift operators.
Powered industrial trucks, commonly called forklifts, are used in many industries to move materials. They can raise, lower, and remove large objects on pallets, crates, or other containers. Because there are many types of forklifts, there are numerous hazards. Some hazards include:
- Forklifts driven off loading docks
- Worker is struck by a forklift
- Forklift falls between dock and an unsecured trailer
- Worker falls while on elevated pallets and tines
Employers must ensure that each worker is competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely, according to 29 CFR 1910.178(I)(1).
The yearly event places emphasis on important issues like recognizing hazards, management commitment, codes and standards, and operator training. OSHA provides materials for supervisors to distribute during the event.