The Fork Lift Truck Association is challenging the estimated 100,000 UK businesses using fork lift trucks to undergo a short test on basic safety awareness.
With at least one worker hospitalised in an avoidable fork lift accident every day, the FLTA is encouraging employers to sign up for a 20-minute online challenge, to improve awareness of essential aspects of planning, training, maintenance and Thorough Examinations.
Entitled "Go For Gold", the free challenge is part of the association’s National Fork Lift Safety Week, credited with significantly reducing fatal accidents in UK workplaces.
Supporting information is provided, enabling participants to improve their knowledge before taking the test. Companies achieving 80% or more will receive a certificate.
FLTA chief executive David Ellison said: "Companies that are serious about their employees’ safety can show it, by taking this simple, free challenge and reaching our Gold Standard.
"We’re not trying to catch anybody out, so all the information you need is in front of you.
"The point is to ensure as many businesses as possible have a good grasp of the basic safety principles that can, quite literally, protect workers’ lives and limbs."
Companies can pre-register for the Going For Gold Challenge now, at the FLTA Website www.fork-truck.org.uk, and take the test during Safety Week itself (24th-28th September).
The top 10 scores will qualify for 15 months’ free membership of the FLTA Safe User Group, while companies registering for the challenge before August 31st will receive a 10% discount on attendance at the Association’s National Fork Truck Safety Conference.
The challenge is completely free of charge.
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 or call 01256 381441.