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Serious fork lift truck accidents on the increase

Announcing details of its 10th annual National Fork Lift Truck Safety Conference, the FLTA have revealed that – after two years of decline – fork lift truck accidents are once again on the rise.

The latest figures from the HSE reveal a 4% increase in serious fork lift truck accidents in 2010/2011, following a two-year decline in accidents requiring hospitalisation, such as amputations, dislocations and long-bone fractures.
This year’s Conference, which is sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK, will take place at Warwick University on Wednesday 26th September 2012 and will focus on the key issues affecting fork lift truck safety in UK workplaces.
FLTA Chairman, Martyn Fletcher, said: "Through our safety awareness campaigns, we have seen fork lift truck safety improve significantly, which is why this increase should act as a reminder of the dangers of being complacent about fork lift truck safety.

"Improving safety is an ongoing process. If everyone commits to not only maintain, but actually improve procedures and training, we can once again lower the number of avoidable accidents and fatalities within our industry.
"This year, under the theme ‘Practical solutions to everyday problems’, we’ll be looking at training, loading and unloading areas, speeding, the latest safety products, and much more.

"Full details of the line-up will be released shortly, but tickets are on sale now. Conference spaces always sell out fast, and we advise you book early to avoid disappointment."

The Conference will be held in the Ramphal Building at Warwick University on Wednesday 26th September 2012. The Conference will start promptly at 10.00 am and close by 4.30 pm.

Tickets for the event are priced at £85.00 (inc VAT) for members of the FLTA or its Safe User Group and £115.00 (inc VAT) for non-members. The price includes refreshments and documentation. For further details visit the FLTA website www.fork-truck.org.uk, email mail@fork-truck.org.uk or call the FLTA office on 01256 381441.

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