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Safety in focus: news

Thursday, 8 July 2004 ( #165 )
Sydney Safety Show in October
The Safety Show, to be staged in Sydney, Australia, from October 13-15, has attracted more than 250 exhibitors and is set to draw 12,000 visitors. The Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) will host a conference in conjunction with the show.
SIA New South Wales state division president Barry Silburn said regulatory changes were encouraging small-to-medium enterprises to more aggressively pursue safety.
"Apart from not wanting to see their people hurt, employers are discovering workplace safety can reap substantial savings," he said. "Injuries are costly. It's widely accepted that 90% of costs associated with an injury are not recoverable from insurance.
"Lost production, increased overtime, damage to morale and dealings with lawyers and inspectors can all impact the bottom line when someone is hurt at work."
Materials handling companies exhibiting at the show include Crown, Toyota, Red Australia and TASK Australia.
See www.thesafetyshow.com for more information.

Innovation reduces death and injury
Major forklift companies such as Toyota, Yale, Clark, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Daewoo, Hyster, Hyundai, Linde and others have developed a variety of innovative technological and ergonomic features for their machines to help improve safety and reduce death and injury.
Such features are important marketing tools, and a prime example is Toyota's System of Active Stability (SAS). This technology monitors and controls the forklift through a combination of advanced sensors linked to an on-board controller, enabling superior load-handling performance and reducing the risk of tip-over at speed or around corners, which research has shown accounts for around 25% of all forklift accidents worldwide.
The SAS is similar in concept to anti-lock braking systems and vehicle stability control systems in automobiles.

AEM's new rough terrain manual
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has updated its safety manual for rough terrain forklifts to focus specifically on vertical-masted and telescopic rough terrain forklifts.
The AEM Rough Terrain Forklift Safety Manual communicates safety tips and best practice, delivering information on safe operation and maintenance of rough terrain forklifts to machine operators and maintenance personnel. The manual has also been updated to reflect current industry practices.
The rough terrain forklift safety manual previously included truck-mounted forklifts, but a separate manual now covers these forklifts.
See www.aem.org for more information.
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