What is National Fork Lift Safety Week?

Launched in 2008, National Fork Lift Safety Week was created to raise awareness of the importance of safety when operating fork lift trucks. Fork lift trucks are used in various work environments including the manufacturing industry and warehouses making them invaluable pieces of machinery for moving large items short distances. However, they do come with their own risks and hazards must be controlled when operating a fork lift truck and when working alongside them. National Fork Lift Safety Week was created to raise awareness of the hazards surrounding this machinery and to educate workers on operating them as safely as possible.

The Fork Lift Truck Association are planning to arrange their latest safety awareness week around the slogan ‘There’s a killer in your warehouse’ in order to highlight the dangers of accident and potential death when operating machinery unsafely. Safety week will run from 22nd to 28th September with the national Safety Conference held on 24th September in Warwick University. The conference provides information to employers, managers and fork lift operators on the latest legislation and changes to best practice guidelines for operation of the trucks. It also aims to educate workers and employers on the importance of health and safety in the workplace and how implement changes to risk assessments. Many companies will be giving talks on their strategies for operating the trucks safely and keeping employees safe from harm.

The importance of risk assessments

In any workplace, risk assessments must be carried out in order to minimise the chances of injury to employees on-site. Fork Lift Safety is particularly important due to the high risk of accident or injury to operators and workers if the hazards associated with the machines are not controlled. Simply providing personal protective equipment (such as high visibility vests and protective boots) can help reduce the risk of accident and injury. Training fork lift operators to check that the machinery is safe to use can also reduce the risk of accidents from malfunctioning machines. In addition, adequate training must be provided to ensure operators are using the machines safely. If you are involved in a workplace accident that is someone else’s fault, you may be entitled to compensation.

How to make your claim

Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if you have been injured in a work-related accident that was the fault of someone else. Provided there is evidence that someone else was negligent, you may be able to win a cash payout to help you cope financially. Call our free 24-hour helpline for no-obligation advice from our expert team or enter some details into our online 30-second test to determine how successful your claim is likely to be.

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