We wanted to share this important new information with you.
According to the Department of Labor, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) plans to issue a pair of proposals in the new year to update its forklift and walking-working surfaces rules.
Powered industrial trucks - forklifts or lift trucks - are used in many industries, primarily to move materials. The helpful machine moves, lifts, lowers, or removes large objects or many smaller objects on pallets or in boxes, crates, or other containers.
But did you know that more than one in ten forklifts is involved in an accident yearly? There are a variety of hazards commonly associated with forklifts, depending on the vehicle type and the workplace environment. Recent studies report that 95,000 employees are injured every year while operating forklifts while an average of 100 employees are fatally injured annually. Equipment maintenance or lack thereof plays big in these statistics.
Did You Know That...
- Nearly 1/4 of workplace transport injuries are the result of forklift accidents
- The ForkLift Truck Association (FLTA) reports that forklifts are one of the most dangerous aspects of workplace transport
- And report that forklifts injure 2,200 people annually, with 1,300 hospitalized with serious, or life-changing, injuries
These statistics reflect that most accidents involving forklift trucks occur in a warehousing or logistics environment. The causes include a lack of sufficient training of the operator, operator error, a lack of
knowledge about the equipment and the working environment, unsuitable premises. We’ll examine poor forklift truck maintenance and inspections.
A Planned Maintenance program is crucial to cost savings and ensuring that equipment stays in a Safe and Operational condition. Unfortunately, with less skilled and less experienced technicians, and Service Companies focusing on revenue generating repairs rather than conducting required maintenance, a thorough, complete, and detailed Preventive Maintenance Audit inspection is often neglected.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN PEDRO, CA – October 8, 2020 – Pierre Laudenberg, founder, and Chief Inspector of Lift Auditors LLC, today announced the launch of the company’s new website. Laudenberg’s vision emerged from the vast experiences he acquired after spending many years in the material handling and services industry. He founded Lift Auditors to provide proven solutions that protect companies from unnecessary costs, injury to employees and financial losses.