Friday, September 23, 2011

Washington state holds competition to promote safe forklift operation

Every year the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference offers two days of training and education, providing the latest tools, technologies and strategies for workplace safety and health. Alternating between the eastern and western side of the state, each year it attracts approximately 1,000 safety and health attendees. More than 300 volunteers, representing the diversity of industrial Washington contribute to its success year after year!

Washington state will also hold its annual forklift rodeo at the 60th Annual Governor's Industrial Safety and Health Conference September 28-29. Fifteen professional forklift drivers will compete in this statewide event meant to encourage safety among forklift operators and raise awareness of the hazards associated with forklift use. The rodeo includes a written exam, pre-drive inspection and a skills demonstration on an obstacle course. Each year, tens of thousands of injuries related to forklifts, also known as powered industrial trucks (PITs), occur in U.S. workplaces.