Trivia time! Did you know that June is National Safety Month? You are probably thinking that safety never takes a day off in your organization, which is a great attitude. This month, Acuity is championing your efforts, with specific focus on forklift and powered industrial truck safety.
Why focus on forklifts and powered industrial trucks? OSHA requires powered industrial truck (forklift) operators to meet training requirements to ensure workers have the required skills and knowledge to work safely. Safety training benefits include fewer injuries, increased morale, and lower insurance premiums. The bottom line is that operation of this equipment is highly specialized. No one starts out with the required knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely operate a forklift. Remember that training received at a previous employer does not qualify someone as a driver at your company. As the employer, you must train new employees before handing over the keys.
Forklift and powered industrial truck accidents are often serious, and injuries don’t just happen to forklift operators—pedestrians are also at risk. Check out these facts from the National Safety Council:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about 70% of forklift accidents in the U.S. could be prevented if companies implemented more stringent training policies.
Good news! Acuity is here to help. We are introducing a forklift/PIT safety sticker that calls attention to important training elements. It can be helpful to give trained employees a reminder about safe operations, and safety stickers can be a great way to supplement your ongoing training efforts. These stickers may also deter an unauthorized employee from operating your forklift.
Training topics that are reinforced with this decal include:
If you would like to order these stickers or are looking for additional training resources, log in to your Acuity account and click on the Safety Materials link in the Resources and Tools section.