National Forklift Safety Day – BITA

National Forklift Safety Day

Make every day National Forklift Safety Day

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 2022 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.

Each year, the campaign has a different safety message.

The 2022 campaign focuses on the importance of the life cycle of operator training and its vital contribution to the safety of all people on your site.

Every year there are serious injuries, including fatalities, to truck operators and to pedestrians and co-workers, which could have been prevented if properly trained staff had followed safe systems of work. In fact, ‘struck by a moving vehicle’ is the second most common cause of workplace fatality, accounting for 25 deaths in the year 2020/21.

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