Watch out!

Fork truck safety week's multi-prong message

Published:  23 July, 2009

ALTON: September means many things to many people, from the end of summertime to the start of the new school year. But for those working with and near forklift trucks, it's known as the ‘deadliest month of the year’.

National Fork Lift Safety Week will take place from the 21-27 September. The annual awareness campaign is driven by the Fork Lift Truck Association. It is directed at warehouse managers, forklift truck operators, their co-workers, and the general public. The aim is to get the FLTA's message of safe forklift truck operations into every area where a truck is used.

To protect their colleagues from harm, forklift trucks operators are warned to:

Be focused and vigilant.

Stay aware of their surroundings.

Pay special attention to pedestrians and anticipate mistakes.

For pedestrians entering any area where forklift trucks are in use – whether that be their workplace, a local garden centre or a merchant outlet, they are reminded to:

Stay alert.

Exercise caution whenever they are around forklift trucks.

Never assume they have been seen.

FLTA chief executive David Ellison said: "We need individual staff members to demonstrate their enthusiasm for safer British workplaces. We need you to bring home the message within your company.”

The FLTA has a section on its website, with various Safety Week resources to encourage people to highlight safety in their own workplaces. It also boasts safety-related discounts and offers and free online videos during the month of September.

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