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For Immediate Release
July 31, 2002
Contact Information:
Kevin Weeks 503-947-7428  (direct dial)

Oregon OSHA offers forklift safety training workshop in Portland

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (OR-OSHA) will be offering a training session about the safe operation of forklifts to the Portland business community in August.

More than one million forklifts are in commercial use currently in the United States and many traditional safety barriers which once prevented customers from coming into contact with forklifts no longer exist, especially as retail stores expand and reduce showroom expenses. Having a forklift training and operations safety plan in place at your business to protect employees and customers is more urgent than ever.

The Public Education and Conferences Section of Oregon OSHA will be offering a "Powered Industrial Truck Safety" workshop on August 27 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. The workshop will be held at the Sheet Metal Workers Training Center Room #211, 2379 NE 178th Avenue in Portland (near Interstate 84 and 181st). OR-OSHA provides workshop materials for participants, and the workshop is free.

The workshop will explain how forklifts perform differently from cars, address stability and center of gravity concerns, Oregon OSHA ‘rules of the road' for safe operations of powered trucks, and designing a training program which will create a safe environment for workers and customers.

For more information about this workshop or to register, call the Oregon OSHA Education Section, (503) 947-7443, or toll-free in Oregon, (888) 292-5247 Option 2.