Businesses 'Go for Gold' in the FLTA challenge

By Freddie Pierce
Follow @WDMEllaCopeland Hundreds of UK businesses have displayed their commitment to fork lift safety through taking part in the Fork Lift Truck Associ...

Hundreds of UK businesses have displayed their commitment to fork lift safety through taking part in the Fork Lift Truck Association’s Go For Gold Challenge during National Fork Truck Safety Week.

At least one worker is hospitalised every day in an avoidable fork lift truck accident, according to the FTLA, which is delighted to see such a high participation rate to raise the awareness of safety surrounding fork lift trucks.



The online challenge put companies through their paces to demonstrate their understanding of the four key area s of fork lift safety; planning, training, maintenance and thorough examinations.

Any company achieving over 80 percent received a certificate and 15 free months of membership to the FLTA’s Safe User Group for the top ten companies. The response to the online quiz was overwhelming, where more than half of the entrants achieving a ‘Gold Standard’.

FLTA chief executive, Peter Harvey MBE, said: “We are delighted, not only with the number of companies engaging with the ‘Go for Gold’ challenge, but with the levels of competency demonstrated.

“Also, it was encouraging to see that, despite materials handling being traditionally viewed as a predominantly male preserve, four of the top 10 scoring entrants were women.”

 Results from the quiz will be used to help the Fork Lift Truck Association identify any gaps in safety knowledge, ensuring future safety events and resources can be tailored to meet the needs of employers.


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