June 14 is National Forklift Safety Day

A WSI warehouse material handler carries a load of palletized tissue paper using the fork attachment. He stops the lift, lowers the lift attachment and sets the pallets neatly into a waiting trailer. As he reverses to return for another load, he sounds the forklift horn and flashes its blue light, warning any potential pedestrians or operators that he may soon cross their path. He also takes stock of his return path, making sure there are no cracks on the warehouse floor that could throw off the desired balance of the forklift. Before turning, he assesses his turning radius space, ensuring the lift has enough room to make a 180-degree turn.

Among other things, our material handler has remained cognizant of his surroundings and aware of potential blockades in his path. His constant vigilance and attention to safety are paramount to ensuring his safety, his co-workers’ safety and the success of the organization. While these safe actions and attitudes are important all the time, WSI would specifically like to acknowledge and thank its many safety-minded material handlers and employees this June 14, in recognition of National Forklift Safety Day.

“Lift truck operators (LTOs) have a dangerous job and one that is not to be taken lightly,” said WSI training leader Tom Conn. “It only takes a split second for minor incidents – or fatal ones – to occur. We make safety our top priority.”

National Forklift Safety Day, sponsored by Industrial Truck Association, serves as a day for employers – whether they be manufacturers, third-party logistics firms or retail fulfillment centers – to educate their employees, customers and the public about safe forklift operation. WSI trains all of its employees—not only material handlers—how to operate and exist in the same space as lift trucks, in four training format areas:

  • Safety awareness training (formal classroom instruction)
  • Lift truck training (hands-on demonstrations)
  • Lift truck operation practice (practical exercises)
  • Evaluation (ongoing assessment of performance and adherence to safe operating procedures)

Here you can see an internal communication – one of many – that our Safety department at WSI frequently sends to all employees. This reminder to keep three points of contact on the lift truck at all times is simply one example of the types of preventative and informative communications our organization distributes to maintains its culture of safety and “employees first.”

While they are few and far between, when a safety-related incident involving lift trucks happens at a WSI-owned or -operated facility, an immediate Key Safety Learning Report is sent out to all WSI employees. Lift truck safety training is then reiterated throughout the organization.

“Safety is an ongoing commitment at WSI and is everyone’s responsibility,” Conn said. “Communicate with each other while working and remember: pedestrians have the right of way at intersections!”

Emphasizing safety for pedestrians is a key part of WSI lift truck training, as seen in this document.

How is your organization recognizing National Forklift Safety Day? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram to let us know your ideas for increasing awareness of lift truck safety.

Rob Kriewaldt
Director of Client Solutions
WSI
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