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Health & Safety FLTA National Safety week


Fork lift safety: meet the gold


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ven after recent improvements in the safety record, work- ers in the UK are still seriously injured by fork lift trucks at a


rate of at least one per day. Frequently, these accidents have life-changing or even fatal consequences... and the real trag- edy is that most are entirely avoidable. The FLTA believes spreading basic safety knowledge – and acting upon it – could be enough to dramatically reduce the risks faced by the estimated two million people working with or near lift trucks. The association is therefore challenging any UK business using a fork lift truck – whether


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UK worker seriously injured each day in a fork liſt truck accident


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just one, or a fleet of hundreds – to confirm its own awareness of the basic principles that can, quite literally, save life and limb. The FLTA’s “Go for Gold Challenge” takes


Walk this way: in a warehouse or yard, it’s not just the forklift driver who needs training


To mark its National Safety Week, the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has teamed up with SHD Magazine to challenge you to test your knowledge of basic lift truck safety principles.


the online articles at www.shdlogistics. com with more information on the fol- lowing key aspects of fork lift truck safety (two more will follow next month).


“The FLTA is challenging any business using a fork lift truck to confirm its awareness of the basic principles that can save life and limb”


just a few minutes to do, is completely free of charge, and aims to give all partici- pants a firm set of safety foundations. Achieve the “gold standard” (80% or more) for a certificate showing you take safety seriously... while the top 10 scores will also receive 15 months’ free subscrip- tion to the FLTA’s Safe User Group. To take part, simply register your email address at www.fork-truck.org.uk, and read


www.shdlogistics.com SAFETY TOPIC 1: PLANNING


Fork lift trucks are dangerous if used in- correctly, and are subject to three major pieces of legislation, making it your legal obligation – as well as your moral duty to your employees – to plan your opera- tions properly before you even start. Risk assessments: A risk assessment is simply having the common sense to think through what you’re going to do. What


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