For the $165 billion U.S. materials handling industry, safety and productivity go hand-in-hand. Regular operator training and consistent, safe processes yield increased operational efficiency and overall output. To help educate customers, the general public and officials about the importance of safe forklift operation, Yale Materials Handling Corporation announces its support for the third annual National Forklift Safety Day, today, June 14, 2016.
Sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), National Forklift Safety Day features speakers from OSHA, the National Safety Council and the congressional subcommittee on workforce protections, covering updates on OSHA regulations, international trade policy and current congressional activity. Yale representatives are joining industry peers in Washington, D.C. for these events.
“National Forklift Safety Day has established itself as a tremendous opportunity to emphasize the importance of safe forklift operation and reconvene with regulatory and other industry leaders each year,” says Chris Murtha, Brand Manager for Yale. “But safety doesn’t happen in one day – fostering a safe workplace is a year-round challenge that requires consistent safe habits. That’s why we develop training and design products to help operations be as safe as possible.”
Yale’s training tools and safety resources address workplace hazards and critical maintenance requirements, helping drive positive behaviors and appropriate equipment usage. Their award-winning, OSHA-compliant Handle with Care Operator Training Program covers all five lift truck product classes, as well as the tools necessary for tailored operator training. In addition, its Enhancing Productivity through Safety White Paper provides a step-by-step approach to fostering a healthier, safer workplace through training, proper maintenance and operator-friendly features. And just as important, Yale prides itself in designing its forklifts with ergonomic features that minimize operator fatigue and maximize control, with innovations like adjustable steering columns and electric power steering.