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Avoiding Forklift Hazards: How To Minimize Accident Risks Through Comprehensive Training And Employee Accountability

Webinar: ID# 1024001
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About This Course:
In April of this year, a 54-year-old worker at a vehicle manufacturing plant in Indiana was struck and killed by a forklift. While these machines can be largely beneficial, they are not without serious risks—ones that employers may be liable for.

On average, 70 workers are killed each year in forklift incidents and several thousand are injured. Common causes are the forklift overturned, struck something, or ran off the loading dock, or the worker was pinned between the forklift and an object, hit by a forklift or material, or fell from a forklift.

There are a host of potential distractions that could compromise forklift safety and it’s important to ensure that your forklift safety program addresses all potential issues. To mitigate the risk of costly and tragic accidents, employers must address the training of both operators and others working in traffic area, the ongoing maintenance and inspection of equipment, and operator and supervisor accountability.

Join us for an in-depth webinar on how to master traditional and emerging forklift safety issues with a comprehensive, compliant program that addresses all facets of forklift management so you can minimize the risk of accidents caused by distracted driving, faulty equipment, and other issues.

You’ll learn:
  • Specific hazards of forklifts—and how OSHA regulations and ANSI standards generally apply
  • Best practices for indoor and indoor-outdoor forklift operation
  • Practical strategies for addressing distracted forklift operation
  • Why training for pedestrians is just as important as training for forklift operators—and recommendations on how to go about that
  • Essential forklift safety-training strategies—and how to get supervisors involved in overseeing safe forklift operations
  • Load-rating considerations to be aware of and the importance of following manufacturer recommendations for safe forklift operation
  • What to include in your pre-operation forklift and inspection checklists
  • OSHA compliant forklift maintenance and recordkeeping processes
About Your Presenter:

Chip Darius
Founder and President
Safety Priority Consultants, LLC

Chip Darius is founder and president of Safety Priority Consultants, LLC, established in 2000. In 17 years the company has provided training and consulting in occupational safety & health, OSHA compliance, and safety management systems for over 750 clients in more than 30 states from coast to coast and internationally. He is an experienced litigation consultant and expert witness in safety-related matters. He has also served as safety advisor for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association.

Mr. Darius is an Ives Certified Mobile Equipment Operator Trainer for forklifts, aerial boom lifts and aerial scissor lifts. Chip also holds certifications as an Occupational Health & Safety Technologist (OHST), a Certified Environmental, Safety & Health Trainer (CET), a Certified Safety & Health Official (CSHO), and a Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP). He has been a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for 37 years.
He earned BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut, where he has also served as Adjunct Faculty. He is a member of the National Environmental, Safety & Health Training Association (NESHTA), author of 3 guidebooks, and designer of more than 200 specialized courses in safety and trainer development. Chip holds certificates from the OSHA Training Institute, National Safety Council, Construction Safety Council, National Fire Protection Association, and others.

Mr. Darius has presented on-site training, conference presentations, keynotes, and seminar programs in numerous states, Canadian provinces, and foreign countries. He is presently a committee member for ANSI/ASSE Z490.1: Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training and ANSI/NFSI B101: Main Standards Committee on Safety Requirements for Slip, Trip & Fall Prevention.
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