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March 9 CONN-OSHA Seminar Addresses Fork Lift Operator Safety

For immediate release
February 9, 2010

WETHERSFIELD - Each year, tens of thousands of injuries related to powered industrial trucks, or forklifts, occur in U.S. workplaces.  Many employees are injured when lift trucks are inadvertently driven off or fall between loading docks, Most incidents involve property damage, including damage to overhead sprinklers, racking, pipes, walls, and machinery. Unfortunately, most employee injuries and property damage can be attributed to lack of safe operating procedures, lack of safety-rule enforcement, and insufficient or inadequate training.


Operators of powered industrial trucks will receive detailed training by attending a “Powered Industrial Truck (Fork Truck)” seminar scheduled for March 9 being sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CONN-OSHA). The session, which will run from 10 a.m. to noon, will be held in Conference Room A of the agency's Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard in Wethersfield.  

“There are always hazards associated with operating any type of equipment,” explains John Able, CONN-OSHA Occupational Safety Training Specialist, who is coordinating the program. “So, it’s best to be aware of all the latest training information and know all the requirements, including any updates or new information as it may pertain to your health and safety while you are operating this type of vehicle.  That’s what we’re trying to accomplish with our seminar, and we welcome your participation.”


Admission to the seminar is free, but pre-registration for the seminar is required. To register for the session, or for additional information, please contact John Able via email at


Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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