The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) have extended their week long safety campaign to one month in order to help companies who operate fork lift trucks to put safety first. Throughout September, or ‘Safetember’ the FLTA are providing specially designed safety resources that are free for companies to download from their website.
In light of Safetember, here are some points to consider for those in charge of fork lift truck activity:
1. Always check new staff have adequate training and skills so they are fit for the job from the get-go.
2. Increase appraisals and post incident investigations. This will encourage staff to speak out about health and safety and the reasons why incidents have occurred, preventing them from reoccurring.
3. Assign work accordingly – allocate the most difficult tasks to the most competent fork lift operators.
4. Ensure all equipment receives a thorough examination and store the paperwork to prove you have done so.
5. Implement a safety alarm similar to Skyguard’s accelerometer enabled MySOS device. The mandown function, as it is commonly known, will detect an impact should the fork lift operator trip or fall, subsequently raising an alarm.
The FLTA are using Safetember to encourage fork lift operators to ‘see danger, speak up’, and raise awareness of the dangers throughout the fork lift truck industry. Are you often working in or around fork lift trucks? Why not check out the resources on offer at FLTA.