Because an average forklift weighs three times more than a car, ergonomics is a prime concern at TIEM.

Lift Truck Manufacturer Celebrates 1,000 Safe Days

No recordable accidents have occurred in the Quality Assurance department of Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc., for 200,000 consecutive hours, which represents 1,000 work days, parent company Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc. announced Wednesday.

The Quality Assurance department of Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc., is celebrating 200,000 consecutive hours without a recordable accident. This represents 1,000 work days at TIEM, which manufactures lift trucks in Columbus, Ind. Parent company Toyota Material Handling U.S.A. Inc. announced the achievement Wednesday.

"At Toyota, safety is the top priority," Kazue Sasaki, president of TIEM and chairman of Toyota Material Handling North America, said in the news release. "This remarkable safety achievement was accomplished through the hard work of all Quality Assurance associates and their leadership."

TIEM makes lift trucks and replacement parts, and it assembles motor vehicle parts and accessories. Because an average forklift weighs three times more than a car, ergonomics is a prime concern. Employees learn safety awareness and practice techniques in a safety "Dojo," or training area, located on the shop floor, and more than a dozen "Dojo" workstations facilitate risk assessment by focusing on fire evacuation, hoist and crane safety, tool inspection, ergonomics, and more. Monthly training sessions and annual "Dojo" training are mandatory for management and associates, according to the company.

TIEM is a member of the National Safety Council, and it complies with the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

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