Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas Group, one of North America’s leading suppliers and manufacturers of innovative material handling and fleet automation solutions, knows that the well-being of forklift operators is a top priority. For National Forklift Safety Day, Logisnext is partnering with the industry to raise awareness of safety practices, proper training and certification through their “Safety Drives Us” campaign.
Sign the pledge
As part of the campaign, and to show its commitment to safer forklift operations, Logisnext and its family of brands ̶ Cat® forklifts, forklifts Mitsubishi, Jungheinrich®UniCarriers® forklifts, and Rocla AGV Solutions ̶ ask their employees, dealers and customers as well as their forklift operators to sign a safety pledge. Once the pledge is signed, individuals can then download National Forklift Safety Day materials, including safety training posters and checklists to use in the workspace as reminders to continuous security.
Additionally, for every pledge received June 14-30, Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas will give back to local Habitat for Humanity to help fulfill its vision of helping everyone have a safe and decent place to live. This year’s goal is to collect 3,000 pledges by June 30, 2022; in exchange, the company will donate $5,000 towards forklift certification and safety equipment for Habitat employees and volunteers.
Why safety motivates us
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that, on average, 34,900 serious injuries and 85 fatal accidents related to forklifts occur each year. These common accidents include forklifts overturning, objects falling from forks, or pedestrian injuries.
With 855,900 forklifts in operation daily in the United States, adherence to high safety standards and a primary focus on how training is delivered could reduce work-related accidents.
The benefits of certification
- OSHA reports that operator recertification reduces accident rates by 25-30%.
- According to OSHA, proper training and stricter enforcement of safety policies could prevent approximately 70% of forklift accidents.
- Regular equipment inspections can help reduce accidents and increase the life of a forklift.
- Proper training of forklift operators can lead to increased productivity.
- Providing regular training signals to employees that their employer cares about their well-being, which can boost morale.
How to stay safe
In addition to signing the pledge, start with formal instructions on forklift inspection, maintenance, and safety. This essential training can be administered through lectures, online training videos, written materials, and study guides.
OSHA also requires practical or “hands-on” training. Trainees must successfully demonstrate the safe operation of a forklift in accordance with the guidelines. Administrators must have the appropriate knowledge, certification, and experience to train forklift operators.
After the completion of the first two steps, there must be an evaluation of the operator’s performance in his specific workplace. This helps ensure that operators are trained and certified to handle the complexities of their daily work environment. Training should meet OSHA 1910.178 standards and cover topics related to the forklift workplace.
Resources for more information
To help you create a safer work environment for forklift operators, visit the Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas Operator Training website page to learn more about our comprehensive training program. Read our Forklift Certification Guide and FAQ for answers to questions about forklift certification, available training options, and more.
Contributed by Mitsubishi Logisnext Americas