News story

**FORK TALK** AITA FOCUSES ON SAFETY

Thursday, 27 March 2003 ( #100 ) - KINGSTON, Australia
The Australian Industrial Truck Association (AITA) has highlighted concerns over forklift safety at its annual general meeting. AITA president Paul Bennett, of BT Lifttrucks Pty Ltd, said a report by workers' compensation authority Worksafe Victoria showed half the people killed in forklift accidents were pedestrians struck or crushed by forklifts or their loads. Mr Bennett said a forklift safety study by Melbourne-based Monash University was nearing completion, and a safety seminar program launched by Worksafe this year was proof the industry was developing a better attitude to forklift safety. The AITA elections were held during the meeting. Mr Bennett was returned as president, Bernie Whelan (Crown Equipment Pty Ltd) was elected vice-president and Mark Fritzen (Nacco Materials Handling Group) was re-elected chairman of the AITA engineering committee.