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June 8 is National Forklift Safety Day

National Forklift Safety Day 2021 will take place on June 8 to promote forklift safety best practices, operator training, and equipment inspections with the goal of preventing injuries, fatalities, equipment damage, and many other costly losses.

First used over 100 years ago, forklifts are essential to the commercial transportation and warehousing industry, being used to lift, move, and place freight weighing up to 70 tons. However, forklifts can be extremely hazardous when used the wrong way. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forklift-related incidents caused 614 worker fatalities and over 49,000 time-loss injuries between 2011 and 2017. Many incidents involved tip-over, crush, and struck-by events, harming operators and pedestrians.

Forklift Injuries in Trucking

In trucking, the use of forklifts to load and unload trailers puts truck drivers at high risk of being crushed and struck. Unpublished Washington State workers’ compensation claim data shows that 501 forklift-related injuries occurred within the general and specialized freight trucking sectors between 2006 and 2018. This represents 36 percent of the total forklift related injuries in the State’s transportation and warehousing industry. A third of these injuries were serious, ending in time-loss claims.

An excellent way to reduce the risk of forklift incidents is to include job hazard analysis (JHA) in in your written company safety program. Performing a JHA involves four basic steps:

  • Selecting the job to be analyzed.
  • Breaking the job down into sequential order.
  • Identifying potential hazards.
  • Finding hazard prevention solutions.

Documenting your JHA on a standard form can help communicate forklift hazard prevention solutions to employees.

National Forklift Safety Day is a perfect time to elevate your forklift safety training and education program for truck drivers, equipment operators, material handlers, and mechanics. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Hold a special safety meeting.
  • Plan a safety knowledge contest.
  • Celebrate successes.
  • Start a new safety practice.
  • Perform a job hazard analysis.
  • Conduct refresher training.
  • Review safety bulletins or watch a safety video.

Consider watching the Industrial Truck Association’s virtual event at 9:00 AM ET on June 8. The event will feature speakers and presentations from forklift safety experts representing private industry and government.

Click on the following links for free forklift hazard prevention training materials:

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries:

Safety Topics: Forklifts  

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA):

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool

Powered Industrial Trucks – Forklifts

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts

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June 9 is National Forklift Safety Day

National Forklift Safety Day 2020 will take place on June 9 to promote forklift safety best practices, operator training, and equipment inspections with the goal of preventing injuries, fatalities, equipment damage, and many other costly losses.

First used over 100 years ago, forklifts are vital to the commercial transportation and warehousing industry, being used to lift, move, and place freight weighing up to 70 tons. However, forklifts can be extremely hazardous when improperly used. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forklift related incidents caused 614 worker fatalities and over 49,000 time-loss injuries between 2011 and 2017. Many incidents involved tip-over, crush, and struck-by events that harmed operators and pedestrians.

In trucking, the use of forklifts to load and unload trailers puts truck drivers at high risk of being crushed and struck. Unpublished Washington State workers’ compensation claim data shows that 501 forklift-related injuries occurred within the general and specialized freight trucking sectors between 2006 and 2018. This represents 36 percent of the total forklift related injuries in the State’s transportation and warehousing industry. A third of these injuries were serious, ending in time-loss claims.

An excellent way to reduce the risk of forklift incidents is to perform a job hazard analysis (JHA). A JHA is a step-by-step procedure that involves four basic steps:

  • Selecting the job to be analyzed.
  • Breaking the job down into sequential order.
  • Identifying potential hazards.
  • Finding hazard prevention solutions.

Documenting your findings on a JHA form can help communicate forklift hazard prevention solutions to employees. Including the JHA process in your company safety program can help prevent tragic incidents and keep your employees safe at work.    

National Forklift Safety Day is a great time to step up your forklift safety training and education program for truck drivers, equipment operators, material handlers, and mechanics. Here are a few things you can do:

  • Hold a special safety meeting.
  • Plan a safety knowledge contest.
  • Celebrate successes.
  • Start a new safety practice.
  • Perform a job hazard analysis.
  • Conduct refresher training.

Review safety bulletins or watch a safety video. If COVID-19 poses a challenge, then consider watching the Industrial Truck Association’s virtual event at 9:00 AM ET on June 9. The event will feature speakers and presentations from forklift safety experts representing private industry and state and local government.

Click on the following links for free forklift hazard prevention training materials:

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries:

Safety Topics: Forklifts  

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA):

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool

Powered Industrial Trucks – Forklifts

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH):

Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts

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National Forklift Safety Day is June 11

Image source: Industrial Truck Association

National Forklift Safety Day will take place on June 11. The annual observance began in 2014 as an effort of the Industrial Truck Association to promote forklift safety awareness across the country. The annual event engages private and public stakeholders to focus on forklift safety best practices, operator training, and daily inspections to prevent injuries, fatalities, equipment damage, and many other costly losses.

First used over 100 years ago, forklifts are vital to freight handling in the commercial transportation and warehousing industry. As the most common type of powered industrial truck, forklifts are used in many different work environments to lift, move, and place loads weighing up to 70 tons. Despite their utility, forklifts can also cause injuries and deaths when used improperly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, forklift-related incidents killed 412 workers from 2011 to 2016. In the same period, 42,180 workers sustained serious time-loss injuries in a survey of 230,000 companies and state and local governments. Top causes of forklift incidents include tip-over, crushing, and struck-by hazards.

In trucking, the use of forklifts to load and unload trailers puts truck drivers at high risk of being crushed or struck. Unpublished Washington State workers’ compensation data shows that 501 forklift-related injuries occurred within the general and specialized freight trucking sectors between 2006 and 2018. This represents 36 percent of the total forklift related injuries in the State’s transportation and warehousing industry. A third of these injuries were serious, resulting in monthly time-loss claims.

Give a boost to forklift safety in your workplace by holding a Forklift Safety Day event that educates truck drivers about forklift hazards and safe operation. This could include having a special safety meeting, safety knowledge contests, celebrating successes, starting a new safety practice, performing a job hazard analysis, refresher training, reviewing safety bulletins or watching a safety video. Show your commitment to workplace injury prevention by making sure your company safety program trains, evaluates, and retrains all employees who use forklifts.

Visit the following links to get free training materials to prevent forklift injuries:

KeepTruckingSafe.org:

Forklift safety training materials

Tight Squeeze forklift safety poster

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries:

Safety Topics: Powered Industrial Trucks

Forklifts Training Kit

Forklift Safety Guide

U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA):

Powered Industrial Trucks (Forklift) eTool

Powered Industrial Trucks – Forklifts

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:

Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts

Industrial Truck Association:

National Forklift Safety Day website

Takeaways from the Governor’s Conference

By Jena Williams

Omar Ornelas, of The Boeing Company winner of the Forklift Rodeo Statewide Competition

Omar Ornelas, of The Boeing Company, winner of the Forklift Rodeo Statewide Competition

We had a great time at the 63rd annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference last week. More than 630 safety professionals from all over the state met to spend 2 days expanding their knowledge base and sharing ideas on injury prevention. Vendors brought the most recent technologies and colleagues reconnected.

We met many of the competitors for the 17th annual Forklift Rodeo Statewide Championship and were able to congratulate the winner, Omar Ornelas from The Boeing Company.

Many who stopped by our booth shared stories of close calls or tragedies that they want to prevent from ever happening again.

One story involved a driver making a delivery to a new location. The driver was sitting in his cab while the forklift unloaded. At one point someone walked by and waved at the truck driver who assumed that was his all clear signal, started the truck and pulled away from the loading dock. As it turned out, that wave was just a greeting and the forklift was still in the trailer. He barely made it to the dock when the truck pulled away. That company now requires all drivers to turn in their keys before they can be unloaded.

Close calls are learning opportunities. At your next safety meeting, ask about close calls and problem solve for solutions.

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them. –John C. Maxwell

Will you be joining us at the Governor’s Conference?

 By Jena Williams

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Washington’s 63rd Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference is September 24-25 at the Spokane Convention Center. There is still time to register at: https://www.etouches.com/ehome/wagovconf/188493/.

This is your opportunity to gather ideas to spruce up your safety program and make connections with others that share your passion for keeping your workers safe. Some of the highlights include:

Keynote speaker Bruce Wilkinson, CSP will address, “Making Safety a Value – Not a Priority: The Key to Long-Term Safety Success.”

17th Annual Forklift Rodeo Statewide Competition.

41st Annual Pole Top Rescue Competition.

There are speakers on topics specific to the transportation industry including:

Winter Driver Training by Scott Manthey, CDS, VP – Safety, Interstate Distributor.

Designing for an Age Friendly Workforce by Rick Goggins and Bruce Coulter, both Ergonomists from L&I.

Using In-Cab Video Technology to Improve Driving Behavior by Max Kabrich, Lytx Inc.

If you’d like to branch out, consider:

Active Shooter, by Deputy Travis Pendell, Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

An Introduction to the Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) Grants by L&I staff.

Crisis Management: What I Wish I Knew by Doug Buman, Field Coordinator, LIUNA Tri-Funds and Kerry Soileau, Safety Manager, Ferguson Construction, Inc.

And much more!

Keep Trucking Safe will be there as part of the research group from the Safety and Health Assessment and Research for Prevention (SHARP) Program. Stop by our booth at the exhibitors’ hall to say hi and see our simulations. We look forward to seeing you there!

Link to 63rd Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference: https://www.etouches.com/ehome/wagovconf/188493/

Are you a forklift driver?

By Jena Williams

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Got skill? Then you should compete in one of the two upcoming Washington forklift rodeos.

The 2014, 17th Annual Forklift Rodeo is presented by the Material Handling Committee of the Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board and the Department of Labor & Industries. Cash prizes of up to $300 will be awarded to the top performers.

Two regional competitions will determine who moves on to the state competition to be held this fall at the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference in Spokane.

Dates and locations for regional competitions are:

Eastern Regional Competition – June 21
Spokane Fire Department Training Facility
Western Regional Competition – August 23
Boeing Kent Space Center

Space is limited so register soon!

For more information or to register: http://www.wagovconf.org/events/forklift-rodeo/