If any industry has a major impact on the economy, it’s the lift truck industry. According to Oxford Economics, the lift truck industry contributes over $25 billion to U.S. GDP annually, pays over $5 billion in taxes annually and employs more than 200,000 people. The study also revealed that for every one job in the lift truck industry, an additional 2.5 jobs are created. With such a big role in the economy, safety awareness is absolutely necessary to keep operators safe in a challenging working environment.

To promote safety awareness, Barclay Brand Ferdon will celebrate the fourth annual National Forklift Safety Day this Tuesday, June 13, and is hosting a Safety Summit at the dealership to educate customers, government officials and policymakers about the importance of proper operator training and the safe use of forklifts. The Barclay Safety Summit takes place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will provide a food truck lunch, product demonstrations and a Q&A with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety Experts. The local Safety Summit celebrating National Forklift Safety Day will include OSHA trends, forklift safety, battery handling, fall protection and warehouse pedestrian safety. The summit is free and open to customers with a desire to learn more about material handling safety.

Barclay Safety Summit

June 13, 2017
9am To 2pm
Food Truck Lunch, View Products, Speak with OSHA Safety Experts.

Short Safety Seminars

  • OSHA Trends
  • Forklift Safety
  • Battery Handling
  • Fall Protection
  • Warehouse Pedestrian Safety

Industrial Truck Association (ITA) Representative Brian Feehan says that ITA plans to reach an audience of more than 60 million people with National Forklift Safety Day. All National Forklift Safety Day activities in Washington, D.C., are free and open to anyone interested in participating. 

June 12th speakers at the National Forklift Safety Day in Washington D.C. are as listed:   

  • Gary Cross, Partner, Dunaway & Cross
  • Scott Klug, former member of Congress
  • Ken Monahan, director, international trade policy, National Association of Manufacturers
  • Hamilton Galloway, head of consultancy Americas, Oxford Economics

June 13th speakers at the national event are as listed:

  • Glenn Grotham, U.S. House of Representatives’ Education and the Workforce Committee
  • Brett Wood, president and CEO, Toyota Material Handling North America, ITA chairman
  • Deborah Dougherty, deputy assistant secretary, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (invited)
  • Kevin Krakora, vice president design, quality, and product support, Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, ITA National Forklift Safety Day Task Force Chairman
  • Terry Cirone, vice president of safety, International Scrap Recycling Institute
  • Scott Bicksler, Lead Safety Manager, Aerotek

Forklifts are now made to be significantly safer than when they were first manufactured decades ago. Barclay represents Yale’s latest models which are equipped with standard premium components and features, assuring operators with optimal quality and reliability now more than ever. Yale forklifts are engineered to provide superior all-around visibility to advanced ergonomics to provide comfort and maximum control. However, even with the safest models of forklifts, proper operator training, knowledge, attitude and skills are vital to ensure a safe work environment.

Barclay offers OSHA compliant training classes and programs so companies can meet safety requirements as well provide safer work environments for customers and employees. Classes are offered every month for the remainder of the year.  For more information and course descriptions, contact Barclay at 800-248-9258 or email salesinfo@bbfyale.com.

To RSVP for the local Safety Summit at Barclay on June 13, 2017 fill out the form or call 908-223-8580 x 1162. For more information on National Forklift Safety Day, visit http://www.indtrk.org/national-forklift-safety-day.