June 8, 2021 is the eighth annual National Forklift Safety Day! This day is an annual reminder about the importance of reinforcing regular forklift operator training and safe forklift practices. This day also provides an opportunity for the industry to educate the public about safe forklift operation.
According to OSHA, forklifts cause about 85 fatal accidents each year. Moreover, nearly 35,000 forklift-related accidents result in serious bodily injury, and about 62,000 injuries are classified as non-serious each year.
The good news: 25 percent of these accidents can be completely preventable. By renewing your focus on forklift operator training, you can have more peace of mind knowing your workplace isn’t adding to any of the aforementioned statistics.
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By Grant Wilkerson, Director of Safety and Loss Control
MH Equipment’s culture of safety follows our Safe in the Moment philosophy – take a moment to ensure you are doing your job safely before you act. We strive to educate and support each person at MH to achieve our most important safety goal: to help that employee have zero injuries throughout their career. While zero may seem like a difficult number to reach, injuries can be eliminated if we stay focused on being Safe in the Moment. You and your employees can also employ this philosophy to work toward zero injuries.
The most important tool, though, is ourselves. Individually, each of us is the only one who can make ourselves look twice, go a little slower, avoid straining, take time to correct a task hazard, or offer to help a coworker with a heavy load.
At MH Equipment, one of our fundamental priorities as a company is safety – the safety of our employees, of our customers, and of our communities. Our philosophy in creating a culture of safety is recognizing safety issues are often a result of something we choose to do (or not to do). Choosing to “Grab the Moment” and make good, safe choices before acting can become a habit and a lifestyle – injuries and accidents on the job do not need to become an inevitable part of the workday. We extend this philosophy to our customers and the communities we live and work in by continually advocating for material handling equipment operator training and safe practices in the workplace.
Forklift operator training is critical to keeping your employees free from injury and your operations moving seamlessly. MH Equipment offers two types of OSHA-compliant forklift operator training courses throughout our 30+ locations across the Midwest: a class for forklift operators, and class for company trainers. We’re confident these hands-on training courses will set you and your team up for success. We will also work with you to improve overall operational efficiency and warehouse safety.