FTLA request vigilance after a 4% increase in accidents

By Freddie Pierce
Follow @WDMEllaCopeland The Fork Lift Truck Association (FTLA) have raised concern after a four percent increase in fork lift accidents, ahead of their...

The Fork Lift Truck Association (FTLA) have raised concern after a four percent increase in fork lift accidents, ahead of their annual Fork Lift Truck Safety Conference which begins next week.

In a statement released this week, the chairman of the FTLA Martyn Fletcher said: “Over the past few years, we have seen a steady decline in the number of serious accidents involving fork lift trucks. Sadly, however, the latest statistics from the HSE show that such incidents have increased by almost 4%.”

 

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Fletcher claimed that this increase “demonstrates how easy it is to let safety slip in the workplace”, in an appeal for every business operating a fork lift truck to attend the conference.

This year’s safety conference is sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK, and will take place at Warwick University on the 26th September next week.

The conference schedule has been based on the feedback of forklift users, and will feature a number of  speakers, including Andrew Wetter of the HSE, Lech Kluk, Technical Director of the Association of Industrial Truck Trainers, and Marc Littlewood of Roadside Technologies.

The winners of this year’s FTLA Safe Site Award, McCain Foods, will also explain how their use of a Virtual Risk Manager helped them to identify operators in need of fresh training.

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