History has taught us that quality, safety and productivity result from the setting of and adherence to high standards. Although OSHA has at times, been a much-maligned agency, the results on workplace safety speak for themselves. Their setting of high standards for workplace safety has resulted in a dramatic drop in worker injury and death. Their agency has also made a tremendous effort to not only create and enforce high standards of safety, but also to provide education and information to actually help companies in their efforts to create a safe and productive workplace.
Below are the results.
- In 1913 there were a recorded 23,000 industrial deaths among 38 million US workers (source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics)
- Between 1935 and 1960 there were over 400,000 workers killed in industrial related accidents in the US.
- In the 1960’s there was a 20% increase in reported workplace accidents.
- Although the workplace doubled in size between 1970 and 2009, worker deaths DECREASED from over 14,000 to about 4,400.
- Reported workplace injuries and illnesses decreased from 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in 1972 to less than 4 incidents per 100 workers in 2010
Much of the ground that has been made in workplace safety is a result of creation and enforcement of strict workplace safety. These standards are enforced through a consistent measure of inspections. Many standards called for requirements of employers to provide a wide variety of PPE’s (Personal Protective Equipment) not previously required by employers.
While there have been times that OSHA and it’s many regulations have seemed like a burden, and indeed they can be. No one can discredit the results. One of the most important tasks we take on as employers is the duty to bring all of our employees back safely to work, tomorrow.
Which is why forklift operator safety training
is so important to not only your operators, but everyone that works around them. Forklifts restrict vision and carry a lot of weight. In addition, they respond completely different from an automobile, so it is very important that operators understand not only how to operate a forklift, but how a forklift operates, its limitations and dangers.
Forklift Operator Training
from Apex Material Handling is a comprehensive program that trains your operators how to safely operate a lift truck, why it is important and what they can do to be a safe forklift operator. If you feel your operators could benefit from a comprehensive training program from Apex, please contact us at 888-530-1832.