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Are You Ready For National Forklift Safety Week?

The Forklift Truck Association’s (FLTA) National Forklift Safety Week is fast approaching with the annual conference taking place at Warwick University on the 26th September. It’s one of the most important events in the industry’s calendar, promising to address key issues that directly affect the safety of forklift truck operatives.

The chief executive of the FLTA, David Ellison has said: “this year’s Safety Conference will be packed with solid and practical information that will be of benefit to everyone whose work involves fork lift trucks: from owners to trainers to safety officers.”

Now in its 10th year, it has been credited with considerably reducing fatal accidents in the workplace – although there’s still a long way to go with workers in the UK still being seriously injured in forklift accidents every day.

Go For Gold!

As such, the FLTA are challenging businesses that use forklift trucks to a quick safety test that will enhance their awareness of the importance of safety planning and training, and evidence their dedication to the safety of their employees.

The short test – ‘Go For Gold’ – will be made available on the FLTA’s website during National Forklift Safety Week (although, you can register for it now on their homepage) and will give any participants the chance to strengthen their knowledge with supporting information before taking the test.

Anyone who passes the test will be able to prove their dedication to health and safety awareness by displaying a certificate that shows, as an employer, you take forklift safety seriously.

Next Steps…

According to Logistics Business Magazine, nearly 400 people a year are seriously injured in forklift truck accidents, with one person every six weeks being fatally injured.

So it’s easy to see why the FLTA are so committed to raising awareness of the importance of forklift training and safety – especially because many of the people involved in forklift truck accidents are pedestrians, not the operatives themselves.

Whether you’re taking part in the Go For Gold’ challenge or not, ensuring your business is up to date with forklift training really could be the difference between life and death – and as your staff are the most important assets to your business, it makes sense to ensure they are fully prepared and trained if you expect them to work in such a hazardous job.

Finding the right, properly accredited training course for your team is essential – so make sure you contact a company such as Health and Safety Training Ltd. With many NPORS and RTITB accredited forklift training courses available, for all types of forklift including rough terrain trucks, pedestrian operated pallet trucks and telescopic handler forklifts – you’re sure to find a course that will satisfy your training needs and legal requirements.

Health and Safety Training Ltd

Health and Safety Training Ltd have become one of the leading training providers in the North East since their establishment in 2003, and as such you can rely on the dedication of their staff and the expertise of their instructors to make sure your staff are fully prepared for FLTA’s National Forklift Safety Week. Contact them on 0191 6440 332 to discuss your training needs.

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