The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) to reduce worker injuries and fatalities when using powered industrial trucks. During the five-year agreement, the alliance will focus on tip-over and struck-by hazards.
Through the alliance, participants will develop resources and provide training on recognizing and reducing workplace hazards related to the operation of powered industrial trucks. Additionally, the alliance will promote OSHA campaigns on preventing falls and heat illness, implement projects that protect temporary workers, and encourage a culture of safety, particularly to small businesses and workers with limited- and non-English speaking skills.
“Many workers suffer serious injuries or die from being crushed, struck by or falling from forklifts,” says David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. “Our continued alliance with ITA will help us promote awareness of the dangers of this equipment and provide valuable information and training to protect the safety of workers.”
ITA has represented industrial truck manufacturers and suppliers of component parts and accessories for more than 60 years. Its membership comprises manufacturers of lift trucks, tow tractors, rough terrain vehicles, hand-pallet trucks and automated guided vehicles. Each June the ITA coordinates National Forklift Safety Day.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.