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Forum: Safety, training & legislation
Discussion:  Global forklift safety day?
Number of messages: 3

This month is National Safe Work Month in Australia and while we believe safety should be a focus every month, it’s clear that these designated days, weeks and months do serve to focus attention.
What is unfortunate is that there is no global co-ordination. While Australasia doesn’t have a designated forklift safety space in the calendar, the UK FLTA has just completed Safetember while the US marks National Forklift Safety Day on June 14th.
Since safety is primarily a workplace issue, maybe there’s no need for a global day, week or month. Perhaps the date is irrelevant, as long as the focus is there.
But one can’t help wonder if more could be achieved if industry groups worked together – and their collaboration was sharpened by a focus on a particular day.
What do you think?

Posted 13 Oct 2016 09:48 AM Reply  Report this message
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California, United States
If it means anything I will come down there to help you observe National Forklift Safety Day always wanted to go to Australia.
But on a more serious side I think that there should be a world wide safety week to bring more attention to how important it is to have trained operators and nut just put someone on a forklift just because they can drive a car.
I also think that there needs to be more emphasis to safety on the service side.  Just because you can work on a car does not mean that you have the ability to work on a forklift.  I see numerous posts on here, and just by the way they are written or admitted to by the poster, that they are not trained to work on a forklift.  One of the main excuses I see is a company does not want to spend the money to bring in someone who is trained.  There is a reason companies bill at the rates they do because of the cost of sending tech's to training so that they are certified and are not going to mess something up that is going to get someone hurt or killed.

Posted 13 Oct 2016 11:42 AM Reply  Report this message
Berkshire, United Kingdom
Raising awareness of the risks associated with fork lift operation and improving safety is the Fork Lift Truck Association’s key objective. As such, we would welcome any co-ordination with our colleagues across the globe.

Our next safety awareness month (Safetember) will be our 10th. Through this, as well as our collaboration with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Great Britain’s workplace regulator for work-related health and safety, we have developed what is possibly the largest collection of dedicated fork lift safety resources: from simple fact-sheets to in-depth programmes for those overseeing safety.  

We welcome any opportunity to discuss a global initiative further with our colleagues in Australia, the US and elsewhere. And perhaps we might be able to tempt them along to our National Fork Truck Safety Conference on Wednesday 20th September 2017.  I’m sure the Association, and our delegates from across Europe, would benefit from hearing their experiences and best practices.  

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