FLTA unveils theme for National Forklift Safety Month 2019

FLTA unveils theme for National Forklift Safety Month 2019

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) has announced that October will be this year’s National Forklift Safety Month. The theme of the month will be: ‘Forklift Safety. It’s no accident’.

FLTA identifies that in the UK, there are more than 1300 forklift-related accidents each year… which means, on average, five accidents every working day. And these aren’t just scrapes and scratches, they are life-changing injuries involving crushed bones, amputations and even death.

“The lift truck industry works hard to improve safety, but in order to make a real difference we need to get everyone involved,” says FLTA Chief Executive Tim Waples (pictured above, inset). “This is why we created Safety Month.”

Since 2008, Safety Month has been the FLTA’s annual campaign to help raise awareness of the key issues affecting forklift safety. But Safety Month isn’t just for forklift truck operators — it’s for supervisors, managers and safety personnel as well as those on foot who work alongside trucks.

Throughout Safety Month, a range of resources will be available on the FLTA website to help spread the campaign message. These include safety videos, downloadable posters, benchmarking tools and fact sheets, as well as materials to support inductions, training sessions and toolbox talks. Additional safety tools and resources will be available throughout the month from the FLTA’s Safety Partner Mentor Training.

FLTA’s Store also has a range of tools to support you, including low-cost employee safety handbooks which spell out the dos and don’ts for anyone working on or in close proximity to forklifts.

Tim Waples concludes: “In short, it’s about taking up the challenge and using the tools we offer in order to make your site a whole lot safer.”

The highlight of Safety Month will be the National Forklift Safety Convention on Wednesday 30 October.

Visit www.fork-truck.org.uk to find out more and book your place.