National Forklift Safety Day emphasizes operator training

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Every year more than 100 people lose their lives in forklift incidents, and thousands more are injured. Forklift tipovers are the leading cause of fatalities involving forklifts, representing about 25 percent of all forklift-related deaths, according to OSHA.

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Today is National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association. The day serves as a focal point to highlight the safe use of forklifts and the importance of operator training.

Common forklift problems that lead to worker injuries include:

Forklift operator safety tips

Raising operator awareness and providing safeguards can help ensure that your workplace does not experience a forklift fatality. Here are a few reminders for operators to help keep all your workers safe and your organization off OSHA’s radar:

Forklift operator training resources

BLR has many resources to help you set up an effective forklift safety program and train your operators. Click the links below to see a sample of our offerings.

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Complete list of BLR forklift operator training resources: