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As lockdown eases don't neglect forklift safety

05 June 2020

This year’s National Forklift Safety Day - Tuesday June 9 - comes at the perfect time to emphasise the importance of forklift safety as lockdown begins to ease.

Championed by the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA), the key message for this year’s campaign is Management is responsible for segregating pedestrians from Materials Handling equipment.

The association staged the UK’s inaugural NFSD event last year, garnering widespread support for its campaign and its message that seat belts save lives.

To help companies boost forklift safety, BITA has created a new website – www.nationalforkliftsafetyday.co.uk – dedicated to promoting NFSD and its important message. The portal has become the main focus of the campaign and features a wealth of information related to the issue of safely segregating pedestrians and MHE in the workplace.

Over and above this, BITA has also commissioned a series of six videos, each encapsulating a key aspect of this year’s campaign. These are:

  • Management is Responsible for Segregating Pedestrians from Materials Handling Equipment
  • Accident Statistics
  • Physical Barriers, Risk Assessment & PAS 13
  • Assistance Systems
  • Working Around Load Handling Equipment
  • Training

Each is available to view and download from the new NFSD website.

In addition, BITA has also produced an eBook – Segregating People from Materials Handling Equipment, campaign poster, social media imagery, email banners, campaign logo and a simple guide on how to get the best out of National Forklift Safety Day. These are all available from the website as a downloadable media pack.

David Goss, BITA technical manager said: “Anyone with an interest in improving safety standards within the materials handling industry should visit the website and download the videos and media pack (all free) so they can promote the message of National Forklift Safety Day to their customers and suppliers, as well as their fellow employees."