Forklift safety will be a hot topic on Capitol Hill again this week. On June 14, members of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), which represents lift truck manufacturers and suppliers of component parts and accessories, will take part in the third annual National Forklift Safety Day. This annual 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.
The main event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave., Washington, D.C., from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The program will feature the following speakers:
Forklift manufacturers, dealers, and distributors around the country will also hold local events promoting forklift safety.
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.
Washington-based ITA represents manufacturers of lift trucks, tow tractors, rough-terrain vehicles, hand-pallet trucks, and automated guided vehicles 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.
Forklift makers speak out on safety
To commemorate National Forklift Safety Day, we invited lift truck providers to share their thoughts on the safe operation of forklifts. Click on the links below to read what they have to say.
|Crown: Taking a "RIDGID" approach to safety|
|How Hyster keeps your operation safer|
|Hyundai Forklift: A commitment to safety-conscious design|
|iWarehouse: Promoting proper forklift operations|
|Komatsu's history of quality, safety, and reliability|
|The Raymond Corporation: Elements of a good forklift operator training program|
|Toyota's contribution to safety|
|UniCarriers: Focus on forklift safety|
|Yale: Smart safety means more productive operations|