As part of a commitment to raise standards and improve the safe operation of materials handling equipment, the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) champions National Forklift Safety Day in the UK.
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.
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.
The campaign returns on 9th June 2020 with a new – but equally important – safety message for the materials handling industry – Management is Responsible for Segregating Pedestrians from Materials Handling Equipment.
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.