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National Forklift Safety Day, hosted by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), serves as an opportunity for forklift manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts, the importance of operator training and the need for daily equipment checks. The event, now in its fifth year, is held annually in Washington, DC, with many of the nation’s leading forklift manufacturers paying a visit to their local Senators and Congresspeople, to raise awareness of the material handling industry and the importance the industry places on warehouse safety. Following are some of the events taking place today and throughout the month of June. Wisconsin Lift Truck and Illinois Material Handling Introduce VR Simulators Wisconsin Lift Truck and Illinois Material Handing , members of the Wolter Group and providers of certified forklift training, have expanded their safety training portfolio to include virtual reality simulators for purchase or rent, to incorporate into customer training curriculums. Forklift operators experience realistic forklift controls, maneuverability and the challenges of moving product(s) and pallets all in a controlled environment with the use of VR goggles. With today’s limited workforce talent, companies must be ready to bring workers onboard whom are new to the industry. To get them up to speed quickly, VR forklift simulators enhance the learning experience of first time operators, while aiding in correcting the bad habits of seasoned operators. “Our customers find it most important to be able to educate forklift operators while in a hazard-free environment, and allow as much practice as needed before getting behind the wheel of the real thing. Not only is it a safer solution, virtual reality forklift training is multi-sensory, proving to increase retention while minimizing the time required to train.” says Tony Parsons, operator training manager of Wolter Group LLC. Illinois Material Handling will be hosting the company’s first […]
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