Emphasizing forklift safety practices and training

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At CJ Logistics, where workplace safety is an everyday priority, the team understands how important it is to reinforce the message of forklift safety. “The safety and well-being of all CJ Logistics employees, including the men and women who operate our forklifts, is our highest priority,” said Joe Smiesko, Vice President, Safety, Security & Compliance. “We emphasize that it takes the whole team to focus on safety and work together to reduce the hazards observed while working, and we ask all employees to make safety a priority in everything they do.”

As National Forklift Safety Day is being observed today, June 14, CJ Logistics thanks employees for a very successful start to the year from a safety perspective. The company’s annual Summer of Safety campaign, currently underway, urges all employees to be safe and aware of their surroundings. “At CJ Logistics America we care deeply about our employees, and we will do whatever we can to make sure they go home every day the way they came to work,” said Chief Operating Officer Ken Heller.

National Forklift Safety Day, an annual event sponsored by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA) for the ninth year, calls attention to the importance of forklift safety practices and operator training. The observance includes a presentation by panel of safety experts and industry and government representatives, virtually and in-person at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that almost 900,000 forklifts are currently in operation in the US, moving food and beverage, consumer goods of all types, medical devices and more in warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and stores, and that nearly 100,000 workers are injured each year from accidents involving the forklifts. OSHA also estimates that nearly 70% of all forklift accidents can be prevented with proper training or policy.

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