An extract from a Release by the Forklift Truck Association 20th July 2017…..Hearing how others have transformed the safety of their operations can be a powerful catalyst for change, as FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey MBE explains…

Despite having some of Europe’s tightest safety regulations surrounding workplace transport, three workers are hospitalised with serious injuries each day as a result of fork lift truck accidents.

We aren’t talking cuts or scrapes. The nature of fork lift trucks means you don’t just walk away from a fork lift truck accident. Those involved in accidents – and there are more than 1300 of them each year – suffer long-bone fractures, amputations, degloving and much worse.

It’s an untenable situation… and it really is down to each and every one of us to make every effort to change it…

It is difficult to think of anything that we use in our personal or business lives that will not have been handled by a lift truck at some point in its manufacture or distribution.

Fork lift trucks remain statistically the most dangerous type of work place transport. With 2/3 of all accidents involving pedestrians. New and existing Health and Safety directives are increasingly focused on logistics and work areas to ensure that forklift traffic and pedestrian areas are well defined and separated. Even with these systems in place, due to the sometimes heavy work load within an area or a small lapse in concentration, accidents still occur between truck and pedestrian.

H/S Exec figures show that last year fork lift trucks were involved in 24% of all work place transport accidents, with a worker being hospitalised with a major, potentially life changing injury every single day of the year.