On June 13, members of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), which represents lift truck manufacturers and suppliers of associated parts and accessories, sponsored the fourth annual National Forklift Safety Day in Washington, D.C. The 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 program featured speakers on a range of safety-related topics. Among the highlights:
Following the presentations, a number of attendees headed to Capitol Hill for meetings with representatives, senators, and congressional staffers on forklift safety and international trade issues. ITA said 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.
The preceding day, ITA released "Lifting America: The Economic Impact of Industrial Truck Manufacturers, Distributors and Dealers," the first-ever report on the industrial truck manufacturing industry's impact on the U.S. economy. The report, prepared by Oxford Economics, estimates that the industrial truck industry's total contribution to the U.S. economy in 2015 was $25.7 billion. Read a summary of the report's findings.