Starting today, the Fork Lift Truck Association will offer UK businesses a new set of free, downloadable safety materials in support of its annual safety campaign, National Fork Lift Safety Week.
The assets, which will remain freely available throughout September and October, will underline the strong training emphasis of Safety Week: More Skills, Less Spills.
A hard-hitting colour poster for display in workplaces, entitled "It’s No Accident – Training Saves Lives"
A new training-themed Good Practice Checklist, covering employee training from hiring operators to the role of managers
A Training Powerpoint aimed at supervisors and managers to make them aware of their legal obligations, and the best way to fulfil these
A Safety Week 2011 logo to use in letters and literature, raising awareness of the campaign
As well as these downloadable materials, the FLTA will send a free Employee Safety Booklet to any UK-based company emailing to request one. Interested businesses should email requesting the Employee Safety Book, and providing a sender name, company name and address.
Chairman of the FLTA Martyn Fletcher says: "Building on the success of previous Safety Weeks, we are ever-more determined to bring down the unacceptably high rate of fork lift truck accidents.
"A lack of full training is evident in almost every accident somewhere along the line, which is why Safety Week 2011 is targeting training on all levels – from operators to owners."
The news follows the recent release of statistics confirming that, since the annual Safety Week began in 2008, workplace deaths caused by fork lift trucks have dropped by a massive 69%.
Mr. Fletcher continues: "With a fresh set of resources to complement the assets from previous years, and the active support of the Association’s safety-conscious membership, we are confident that we can tackle the training issue head-on – with the help of the country’s forklift-operating companies."