May 9, 2018

Fifth annual National Forklift Safety Day slated for June 12

Forklift manufacturers will once again head to Washington, D.C., to educate customers, policymakers, and government officials about the safe use of forklifts and the importance of proper operator training.

By DC Velocity Staff

The conversation will be all about safety on June 11 and 12, when members of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) take part in the fifth annual National Forklift Safety Day in Washington, D.C. This well-attended event provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers, and government officials about the safe use of forklifts and the importance of proper operator training. Washington-based ITA represents manufacturers of lift trucks, automated guided vehicles, and similar equipment in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The organization promotes international standards development, advances engineering and safety practices, disseminates statistical information, and holds industry forums.

A members-only educational program will be held the afternoon of June 11. The main event will be on June 12, with a morning program featuring speakers from both industry and government from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. In the afternoon, ITA members will hold meetings with members of Congress representing their states and home districts. Forklift manufacturers, dealers, and distributors around the country will also hold local events promoting forklift safety that day.

ITA says it hopes National Forklift Safety Day will provide greater awareness of safe practices as well as encourage safer behavior in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing plants, and other environments where forklifts are in use.

Interested in attending? More information, a video about last year's highly successful event, and registration details are available here. You can request more information about National Forklift Safety Day by submitting a query at www.indtrk.org/contact or by calling (202) 296-9880.

And be sure to check out all of DCV's coverage of National Forklift Safety Day. In addition to a special supplement mailed with our May issue, we'll be publishing an e-newsletter featuring commentaries by industry experts on improving and maintaining forklift safety as well as news about National Forklift Safety Day events around the country.

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