New UK programme on fork lift safety

Newbury-based Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) is spearheading a nationwide drive to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks in the United Kingdom.

The ‘Safer Site Programme’ is a free, online programme that anyone can implement, according to the FLTA.

“The idea is simple – at regular intervals the FLTA will publish on its website a new step in the programme. Each step will contain advice, guidance, resources and a series of practical tasks that must be completed to move through the process,” the Association said.

“The aim of the programme is threefold – to actively drive down the number and frequency of fork lift truck accidents and near misses in the UK; to share successful safety initiatives between companies who operate fork lift trucks and to improve the general level of safety precautions on UK fork lift truck sites; as well as to encourage open, blame-free incidence reporting so that everyone feels able to highlight dangerous practices freely and without recriminations.”

“We urge every person reading this, and every company whose work involves fork lift trucks, to participate in the Safer Site Programme,” commented FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey.  “For some it will be the first step on the road to a safer site. 

“To others, it will add to their knowledge and provide valuable new ideas and resources.  I promise that everyone who gets involved will achieve real and lasting benefits”

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