In what is described as its most ambitious initiative to date, the Fork Lift Truck Association is spearheading a nationwide drive to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks, be it a single truck or a fleet comprising many hundreds.
The Safer Site Programme is a free, online, step-by-step safety programme that anyone can implement.
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 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; and
- to encourage open, blame-free incidence reporting so that everyone feels able to highlight dangerous practices freely and without recriminations.
How to save a life: a roadmap to a safer site
To find out more, or to take your first step on the programme, visit the FLTA website where you will find all the information you need.
“We urge every person reading this, and every company whose work involves fork lift trucks, to participate in the Safer Site Programme” says 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”.
The Fork Lift Truck Association is the UK’s independent authority on fork lift trucks. For more information, please visit www.fork-truck.org.uk.