As part of its ongoing commitment to raise standards and improve the safe operation of material handling equipment, the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) has helped to champion National Forklift Safety Day in the UK.
It is continuing to do so in 2021 but from its new position as one of the founder members – alongside the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) – of the UK Material Handling Association.
Established in the United States in 2013 by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), National Forklift Safety Day is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness of the safe use of forklifts and the importance of proper operator training.
For 2021, the focus of the event, which takes place on Tuesday 8th June, will be safe maintenance practices and the importance of Thorough Examination.
Full details of the 2021 event will follow in due course.
This year marks the third time the event has been staged in the UK. For the inaugural UK event in 2019, the key message – supported by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) – was that seat belts save lives and that management is responsible for ensuring operator restraints are being used.
For more information view our NFSD 2019 booklet.
In 2020, the safety message was that Management is Responsible for Segregating Pedestrians from Materials Handling Equipment.
The campaign highlighted that the vast majority of fatalities and serious injuries caused by impact of workplace transport with pedestrians are wholly avoidable by traffic route demarcation, physical barriers and other simple measures. The best way of ensuring segregation in the workplace is by physical barriers, but the importance of assistance systems, traffic planning, and training is also emphasised.
For more information view our NFSD 2020 booklet.
Further information is also available by visiting www.nationalforkliftsafetyday.co.uk