In 2011, according to the 2014 edition of Injury Facts from the National Safety Council, 66 workers died as a result of operating or worker near a forklift. A forklift was a secondary source of fatal injuries for an additional 24 workers. Those numbers are up from 2010, in which forklifts were a primary source of fatal injury for 54 workers and a secondary source of fatal injury for 31 workers.
National Forklift Safety Day will serve as a focal point for manufacturers to highlight the safe use of forklifts and importance of operator training to reduce fatalities and injuries related to the use of forklifts. Sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association, the day provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers, policymakers and the administration on forklift operating safety practices and events which will allow customers and manufacturers the opportunity to network.