Safetember Why is it so important?
‘You don’t walk away from a forklift accident’
Safetember is a campaign by The FLTA with the aim of reducing the frequency and severity of forklift truck accidents. Every day, 5 people in the UK suffer life-changing injuries in forklift truck accidents.
Safetember, this year’s theme is: ‘You don’t walk away from a fork lift accident‘. Due to their sheer weight, injuries sustained from forklifts are likely to be significant – even life-changing. Equally, anyone witnessing a minor or near-accident should not ignore it: for the sake of everyone they work with, it is their duty to report it.
The forklift truck industry has taken great strides forward in safety in recent years, supported by the FLTA’s Safety Month initiatives, their annual National Fork Lift Safety Conference and Awards for Excellence event, which features both a Safety Award, for products, and a Safe Site Award, for companies which demonstrate the greatest improvement in on-site safety.
Safetember is so important because the humble forklift truck is the most dangerous form of workplace transport in the UK and it is responsible for more accidents and serious injuries every year than even HGVs.
As an industry, we bear witness to over 1300 forklift truck accidents a year, which means on average there are five accidents every workday in the UK. All of these accidents are avoidable, and we believe a lasting change in workplace attitudes and culture is necessary from everyone who works on a forklift site in order to change this.
HSE – The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) place certain requirements on employers. You must make sure that all people who use, supervise or manage the use of work equipment have received adequate training, which includes:
■ the correct use of the equipment;
■ any risks from its use;
■ the precautions to take.
If you are self-employed, you need to do the same type of training, and achieve the same standard, as employers are required to provide to their employees.
Find out more about Complete and our training courses by calling us on 0191 271 0899.