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April 27, 2015

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Safety programme for forklift drivers

A programme to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks is being spearheaded by the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), it has been announced.

The Safer Site Programme is a free, online, step-by-step safety that can be implemented easily.

The FLTA will be publishing new steps in the programme at regular interval, which each step containing advice, guidance, resources and a series of practical tasks that must be completed to move through the process.

The aim of the programme is threefold:

  1. to actively drive down the number and frequency of fork lift truck accidents – and near misses – in the UK
  2. to share successful safety initiatives between companies who operate fork lift trucks and to improve the general level of safety precautions on UK fork lift truck sites
  3. to encourage open, blame-free incidence reporting so that everyone feels able to highlight dangerous practices freely and without recriminations

The FLTA has published the first step on the programme as well as more information about the initiative.

FLTA Chief Executive, Peter Harvey said: “For some it will be the first step on the road to a safer site. To others, it will add to their knowledge and provide valuable new ideas and resources. I promise that everyone who gets involved will achieve real and lasting benefits”

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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