RTITB set to promote forklift safety on BBC documentary

July 02, 2013 by Peter MacLeod
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RTITB set to promote forklift safety on BBC documentary

RTITB is thrilled to have been invited to take part in a documentary to be aired on the BBC that will, among other things, explore the nature of fork lift accidents and how they can be prevented.

As an organisation RTITB is always looking for ways to promote the importance of materials handling training and safety; putting the issues front and centre in this way will be a hugely positive step for the industry and those that work in it. Lion Television will be at Access House for filming on the 12th July.

RTITB is committed to reducing materials handling equipment accidents through standards-based, accredited training and by promoting operational excellence through its bi-annual Operator of the Year competition, sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK, TNT Express Services UK and Ireland, and Calor Gas. This year is a competition year and, with accident rates still far too high across the materials handling industry it has never been more important to promote training and safe operation. This is an excellent opportunity to bring the issues to the most public of forums.

It is a well-documented fact that lift trucks are involved in around a quarter of all workplace transport accidents, and that a high percentage of these accidents are a direct result of improper training. According to research published by the HSE, the West Midlands and Yorkshire are particular hotspots for these kinds of incidents, with employers often making the assumption that this equipment is easy to operate and that anybody is capable of performing simple tasks. With ever increasing time pressures and stress, operators are often expected to do more with less training, with the net result often being injury or even death. By investing in quality, accredited training, employers can take huge steps in reducing the risks of accidents and injuries in their workplace.

To find out more about RTITB’s Operator of the Year competition or to register free to attend the Grand Final on September 20th, visit www.opofyear.com. All the latest news and developments can be found on our Facebook page (facebook.com/opofyear), or why not follow us on Twitter (@opofyear)?


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