Safetember - brought to you by the FLTA and SHD Logistics

Fork lift trucks remain the UK's most dangerous type of workplace transport by quite a distance. It is widely accepted that the causes of fork lift truck accidents never really change - with some observers suggesting that addressing the issues of operator visibility and pedestrian segregation, would reduce accidents dramatically.

What’s really needed though is a permanent change in awareness, attitudes and culture. This approach will be reflected in the Fork Lift Truck Association’s Safetember Safety Month campaign, which has increased in scope from a week to 30 days in order to maximise engagement: across every business sectors, every job function and in every part of the UK.

In partnership with the FLTA, SHD Logistics will be urging every company that operates FLTs to implement the changes necessary to give workers the freedom to report bad practice in a genuinely blame-free environment.

Everyone has the right to be safe at work – the place, after all, where most of us spend one-third of our lives. Last year, fork trucks were involved in no fewer than 800 accidents, most resulting in traumatic injuries that will change their lives and those of their families and employers forever.

SILENT OBSTACLE

A silent but widespread obstacle to site safety is the shared acceptance of bad habits – where potentially dangerous practices become the norm. Often it is because it has become a well-established shortcut that is disregarded because nothing bad has happened... so far. Or, more ominously, it can persist because the people who spot bad practice do not feel confident or able to report them for fear of being ignored, socially excluded or worse.

Recent statistics show that only one in three employees speak up. Even more shocking is that 64% of those who witnessed unsafe practices – and did not report them – was either a manager or a supervisor.

This failure to highlight and correct unsafe conditions around FLT operations allows these dangers to continue despite the inevitability of eventual injury or accident – and it cannot continue.

In every other aspect of our lives, endangering or inconveniencing others is simply not an acceptable part of our culture. When driving, we have strict rules – with immediate feedback – that modifies and improves our behaviour: police presence, speed cameras, other road users honking or flashing their lights… all provide clear and immediate feedback that our behaviour is not acceptable. They are part of our shared values.

Oddly, this ethos is almost entirely abandoned at work, when the consequences of bad practice are every bit as bad.

What is needed is a back-to-basics, practical approach that introduces that same social and moral rigour into the workplace, and actively keeps it there.

OWNERSHIP OF SAFETY

Perhaps the most fundament change that must be effected is encouraging everyone to take ownership of safety on their site, highlighting potentially dangerous practices in a shared awareness of risks, hazards and near misses (accidents are usually serious and acted upon).

The aim is to establish a self-policing environment where bad practice is simply not tolerated by the community.

Many doubted that the banning of smoking in the workplace would persist because the habit was so ingrained, but the acceptance and subsequent change of attitudes has been so profound that a breach would evoke a strong response from colleagues.

What’s to stop us achieving that same consensus for on-site safety?

As evidenced by the finalists in the FLTA Safe Site Award, there are a significant (and growing) number of enlightened organisations of every size where good safety culture is so entrenched that colleagues feel free to speak about bad practice in an open and honest way.

During Safetember we will be presenting and discussing practical ways to build the framework necessary to make this culture shift at any site that operates one fork truck or one hundred.

Follow the story on Twitter using #Safetember


#Safetember tip of the day #11

September 22, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Have clear signs and speed limits… and enforce them! http://bit.ly/1NLNnC0

#Safetember tip of the day #10

September 15, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Never travel on slopes that are too steep. Sounds obvious, but stability is seriously reduced! http://bit.ly/1NLNnC0

#Safetember tip of the day #9

September 14, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

If you see bad driving, speak out – you owe it to your colleagues. http://bit.ly/1NLNnC0

#Safetember tip of the day #8

September 11, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Ban non-essential personnel in areas where trucks operate-keep pedestrians safe! http://bit.ly/1NLNnC0 

 

 

 

 

 

#Safetember tip of the day #7

September 10, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Don’t overload your truck - if you’re unsure of it’s capacity don't use it till you do!

 

 

 

 

 

Fork Lift Truck Safety - Pt II - Golden Rules for Fork Lift Safety, Fault Checks and Fuelling

September 09, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Fork Lift Truck Safety - Pt II - Golden Rules for Fork Lift Safety, Fault Checks and Fuelling

The Fork Lift Truck Association (in association with Anglesey Aluminium Metals Ltd.) presents a series of safety training videos, to ensure total workplace safety when working around fork lift trucks.

#Safetember tip of the day #6

September 08, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

#Safetember If it’s a new or unusual task, carry out a risk assessment.

http://bit.ly/1NLNnC0 

This company didn't:  http://bit.ly/1LVhipn

#Safetember tip of the day #5

September 07, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Complete daily checks before every shift… and, importantly, report any defects!

http://bit.ly/1NLNnC0

 

 

 

 

#Safetember tip of the day #4

September 04, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

1/4 of all deaths involving work vehicles are a result of reversing. Why not install a one way system? http://bit.ly/1NLNnC0

#Safetember tip of the day #3

September 04, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

#Safetember Stop dreadful tragedies caused by being “mousetrapped” in a FLT - please fit seatbelts wherever possible http://bit.ly/1NLNnC0

Safetember: Fork lift truck pre-shift checks

September 04, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Fork Lift Truck Safety - Pt I - Essential Pre-Shift Checks

The Fork Lift Truck Association (in association with Anglesey Aluminium Metals Ltd.) presents a series of safety training videos, to ensure total workplace safety when working around fork lift trucks.

The Fork Lift Truck Association (in association with Anglesey Aluminium Metals Ltd.) presents a series of safety training videos, to ensure total workplace safety when working around fork lift trucks.

Part one - Essential Pre-Shift Checks covers the vital checklist that all fork lift truck drivers should go through before operating their vehicle.

See more fork lift safety tips and resources at www.fork-truck.org.uk

 

 

#Safetember tip of the day #2

September 03, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Would wall or rack-mounted mirrors improve visibility and save lives at your site?

https://fork-truck.org.uk/fork-lift-safety/safetember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making your warehouse a safer place to work

September 02, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Safety in warehouse - Making your warehouse a safer place to work

Despite the many safety precautions that are usually found in warehouses, accidents still happen. Mainly involving Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) such as fork lift trucks, these accidents not only result in injuries but can also cost your business thousands if not millions in compensation claims.

This short video by Vero Solutions explains the causes of warehouse forklift accidents and offers advice on possible solutions.

http://vero.solutions/solutions/verosafe

#Safetember tip of the day #1

September 01, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Never carry passengers on your forklift – you could kill them with kindness.

https://fork-truck.org.uk/fork-lift-safety/safetember

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Briggs Equipment sponsors industry safety award

August 27, 2015 by Peter MacLeod

Materials handling specialist Briggs Equipment is helping to promote safety in the workplace by sponsoring the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) 2015 ‘Safety Champion' Award.

The Award will acknowledge an individual who makes a commitment to improve safety practices, for those working with and around forklifts and other lifting equipment, even when they are challenged by those who are resistant to change.

Briggs Equipment supports the FLTA in finding and recognising these people, who often play a vital role in encouraging others to make safety improvements at their site.

Briggs Equipment's marketing manager, Sally Baker, says: "As a company we are committed to helping share best practice, and safe working in the materials handling industry is so important. We are delighted to support the FLTA in its efforts to recognise those people who go the extra mile to reduce risk and work safely."

The ‘Safety Champion' Award will be presented at the FLTA's National Safety Conference at Loughborough University which takes place on 23rd September.

FLTA seeking Safe Site Award entries

August 24, 2015 by Admin

The Fork Lift Truck Association is looking for entries for its Safe Site Award from companies who have done something special to make their operations safer. It could be a change of layout that involves segregating trucks from people or a cultural change that has made a significant impact on the number of accidents, near misses or damage to stock or premises.

The Fork Lift Truck Association is looking for entries for its Safe Site Award from companies who have done something special to make their operations safer. It could be a change of layout that involves segregating trucks from people or a cultural change that has made a significant impact on the number of accidents, near misses or damage to stock or premises.

Regardless of the size of the company or its budget, if they have made changes that make their site safer for those who work there, they will have a chance of lifting one of the famous Archie statuettes as a winner in the prestigious FLTA Awards for Excellence 2016.

Although one of the newest categories in the FLTA annual awards, the FLTA believes that the Safe Site Award is undoubtedly one of the most important.

FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey explains: “However excellent the products and support of the manufacturers, dealers and suppliers might be, safety in the workplace ultimately depends on the actions of those who manage and operate equipment.

“This Award recognises those organisations – of whatever size – who have shown genuine commitment to positive change.”

Businesses are urged to enter themselves for the Safe Site Award, sponsored by Doosan Industrial Vehicle (UK), if they have introduced a significant new safety initiative during 2015.

Harvey explains: “This might well have taken the form of a modification or redesign of all or part of their site, or alteration of its processes or procedures.”

Entries are free and are very easy to make, using an online form available in the Awards section of the FLTA website: www.fork-truck.org.uk/awards.

Harvey continues: “To enter, simply describe what you have done to improve safety at you site in 300 words or fewer, including – if possible – the specific problems you’ve tackled, the actions you’ve taken and the results you’ve achieved.”

In addition, companies may provide supporting photos, video clips or other documentation with their online entry.

2015 Safe Site Award Winner, Cambridgeshire-based G’s Fresh Beetroot, installed a two way traffic light system, fitted blue spotlights on the trucks to improve visibility and devised a portable sign to warn drivers that pedestrians are present. It has also invested heavily in training and the testing of trucks, while a web-based health and safety system has been introduced, incorporating smartphones and tablets.

The Award is open to companies of all shapes and in all sectors. Previous Award winners include: Sellafield Ltd, City of London Corporation, Anglesey Aluminium Metals Ltd, McCain Foods UK, Babcock International Group and Taylors of Harrogate.

The deadline for entries is 30th September 2015.

The winner will be decided by the FLTA Board and will be presented with an Archie, the materials handling’s symbol of excellence, at the FLTA Awards for Excellence, which will be held at the International Centre in Telford on Saturday 27th February 2016.