Driving Home the Importance of Forklift Safety
On May 17th 2012, MH Equipment’s Des Moines branch had the honor of hosting the Industrial Truck Association’s (ITA) OSHA Alliance Presentation entitled – “Forklift Safety: Operator, Machine, and Environment.” The presentation was an overview of standard forklift safety, operation, mechanical, and regulation information for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Inspectors in Iowa.
In attendance were approximately thirty OSHA personnel, as well as numerous MH Safety and Training personnel. The meeting was a success, proving to be an enjoyable and educational experience for all. The ITA Presenters, Bill DeVries and Mike Frasier, did an exceptional job presenting the materials and answering questions from the attendees.
From a personal standpoint, I thought it was interesting to learn how the Regulatory and the Industrial Truck Standards Development Foundation (ITSDF) affects the development of standards for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and OSHA. It was also interesting to learn the different manufacturers’ positions on meeting these standards and on lift truck modifications. The explanations regarding training, evaluation, retraining, and reevaluation were very informative as well. Seeing the Bureau of Labor’s data showing that almost 20,000 forklift accidents in 1995 dropped to less than 9,000 accidents in 2009 really drove home the benefits of operator training.
On a final note, I was thrilled with the opportunity to be a guest presenter for the ITA. With the large number of OSHA personnel in attendance, the ITA representatives asked if I would be willing to help with the product overview and inspection presentations. I had the honor of presenting the Class I counterbalanced electric product information to the group. The OSHA personnel had great questions and showed an exceptional knowledge of the equipment.