Goodwill Store Fined $9,000 in Fatal Forklift Crash

A Goodwill store in the state of Washington was fined $9,000 last week by the state’s labor department in connection with a fatal forklift accident that occurred last August. Investigators said the stores management should have provided more training for a forklift operator who accidentally ran over and killed a 69-year-old pedestrian in the store’s … Read more

Video of the Week: ‘Undercover Boss’ Drives the Forklift

This week’s Video of the Week comes from the popular CBS-TV program “Undercover Boss” which originally aired Sunday, December 14, 2014. John Hartmann, the chief executive officer of True Value Hardware, visited one of the chain’s distribution centers in Springfield, Oregon, where he was paired with a veteran True Value forklift operator named Terrell. ‘Undercover … Read more

Kion Seeks Larger Share of the North American Forklift Market

The European forklift manufacturer Kion recently announced plans to move more aggressively to capture a larger share of the North American forklift market. To mark the company’s effort, executives held a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside Kion’s existing North American headquarters in Summerville, South Carolina. While the act have been symbolic, executives are dead serious about the … Read more

Oregon Company Offers Free Forklift Safety Training

Forklift safety is an important part of creating a safe and efficient workplace. But providing training for all of your employees can often be a costly proposition. Unless you happen to be in Oregon this week, that is. Overton Safety Training —  Aloha, Oregon, based company that provides training in the safe operation of forklifts … Read more

OSHA Issues $145K Fine for Multiple Violations at Illinois Trucking Terminal

Officials at Central Transport found out the hard way that when inspectors from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration order you to make changes to improve safety at your trucking terminal, you should probably do it. On October 23, the federal regulatory agency hit the trucking firm with a fine of $145,420 for multiple … Read more

Toyota Expands Its Asian Forklift Business with New Acquisition

Toyota’s purchase of a controlling share of one of Asia’s largest forklift companies represents an aggressive move into the rapidly growing Asian forklift market. The recent purchase of 55% of Tailift Co.’s forklift division for $83 million gives the Japanese conglomerate a higher profile in the Asian forklift market. Under the agreement — which was announced … Read more

Toyota Buys Taiwan Forklift and Machine Tools Company

Toyota Industries Corp. announced Friday that it is purchasing the forklift operations of Tailift Co., a Taiwanese maker of forklift and machine tools. The acquisition is aimed at increasing sales in China and other emerging markets, the Japanese machinery maker said in making the announcment. Under the deal, Tailift will spin off its forklift operations into a new … Read more

Chinese Forklift Maker Takes Aim at UK, Mexico

Detank announced recently that is is building a new manufacturing facility near London and that it is drawing up plans to build another facility in Mexico. Never heard of them? Maybe that’s because the company has only been around since 2010. Also, it is headquartered in Wuhu, China. Yet the company is making an aggressive … Read more

Hyster Puts on a Show for Customers In Germany

If you happened to be driving through the German countryside earlier this month and noticed a cargo container lift truck hoisting cargo containers high into the air, it wasn’t your imagination. Hyster — the Greenville, North Carolina, manufacturer of forklifts and other heavy duty materials handling equipment — recently sponsored an exhibition of its products … Read more