Members of the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), which represents forklift manufacturers and suppliers of associated components and accessories, sponsored the sixth annual National Forklift Safety Day in Washington, D.C., on June 11. The event provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, government officials, and other stakeholders about the safe use of forklifts and the importance of proper operator training. ITA members manufacture over 90 percent of the forklifts and similar powered industrial trucks sold in North America. The organization promotes standards development, advances safe forklift design and use, disseminates statistical information, and holds industry forums.
The Washington program featured a panel of experts who spoke on a range of safety-related topics. Among the highlights:
Attendees also had the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill for meetings with representatives, senators, and congressional staffers. At the top of their agenda: enhancing business stability and predictability by getting the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) through Congress, and voicing opposition to punitive tariffs against Chinese products, parts, and materials used by forklift makers in the United States.
In addition to the Washington program, forklift manufacturers and dealers around the country held local events to enhance awareness of safe practices in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing plants, and other environments where forklifts are in use.