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WHAT IS NATIONAL FORKLIFT SAFETY DAY?

National Forklift Safety Day is held on the second Tuesday of June. This day serves as a focal point to highlight forklift safety and the importance of proper operator training. The annual event provides an opportunity to raise awareness, design programs, share best practices, and educate your team on the importance of forklift safety.

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OSHA estimates that about 70% of forklift accidents in the U.S. could have been prevented. Every facility should have proper training and safety policies. Select can help employers' safety teams with developing and implementing an OSHA-compliant program.

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The Tructractor, which was built in 1917 to move materials at an axle plant, helped pave the way for the forklift industry.

Fact! The Tructractor, although technically not a forklift, paved the way for forklifts by introducing a new way to move heavy materials around a plant.

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All forklift operators must be certified by a qualified trainer according to OSHA standards. Electric pallet jacks and tuggers are considered powered industrial trucks.

Non-serious injuries related to forklift accidents each year

61,800

Being crushed by an overturning forklift accounts for 42% of forklift deaths.

Forklifts account for about 85 deaths every year.

34,900 serious injuries result from forklift accidents annually.

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Shortly after electric forklifts were invented, many were designed with a typically rechargeable battery that could last about 8 hours.

Fact! An e-forklift's battery had to last as long as a normal shift, so they were designed for an 8-hour capacity.

The first forklift was invented by Crown in 1923.

Fiction! The first forklift was invented by Yale Materials Handling Corporation in 1923. It had forks on the end to pick up loads and could raise them up using an elevated mast.

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