Forklift safety will be a hot topic in Washington, D.C., again this summer. On June 12 and 13, 2017, members of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) will take part in the fourth annual National Forklift Safety Day. This 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, AGVs, and similar equipment in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The organization promotes international standards development, advances engineering and safety practices, disseminates statistical information, and holds industry forums.
The main event will be held on June 13. The morning program will feature speakers from both industry and government, from 9: 00 a.m. to 11: 00 a.m., at the Trump International Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, D.C. 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? Details are available at www.indtrk.org/events. You can also 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. We've published special articles in our May issue; we'll also be publishing an electronic newsletter featuring commentaries by industry experts on improving and maintaining forklift safety; news about related events around the country; and a series of videos featuring lift truck industry executives' comments on the importance of forklift safety.