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National Forklift Safety Day in the News Ametek: Keeping an eye on batteries and chargers is key to forklift and warehouse safety Photo contest encourages forklift safety Industry celebrates 5th annual National Forklift Safety Day Hyster celebrates National Forklift Safety Day with free posters Raymond Handling Values Safety in the Workplace More National Forklift Safety Day News Increasing Productivity and Reducing Costs Through Volume-Reduction Packaging Solutions Juggling warehouse labor shortages and rising shipping costs? All Resources In observation of National Forklift Safety Day on June 12, Ametek Prestolite Power , a leading industrial battery charging solutions provider, is reminding material handling industry participants at all levels about the need to put safety first in their forklift fleet – as well as their batteries and chargers – within all operations. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Healt h (NIOSH), the most common forklift injuries occur when workers are hit, struck, crushed or pinned by the vehicle or fall from one. Also at the top of the list are burns and electrocutions resulting from accidental fires, explosions and mishaps involving lift truck batteries and chargers. “Electric forklift batteries and charging operations are extremely safe when properly implemented and all relevant safety procedures and maintenance regimens are followed,” says Jeff Harrison, Business Manager for AMETEK Prestolite Power. “Above all, training and preparation is key to ensuring the highest level of safety possible for your personnel and property.” In addition to ensuring a warehouse has proper in-house safety signage, forklift operators need to make sure to assign staff members to a safety team to ensure compliance with local, state and federal regulations. OSHA, for instance, points to four primary hazards associated with batteries and chargers: ● Weight – Lift truck batteries are heavy and pose a threat when suspended by […]
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