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Forklift truck accidents on the rise


Forklift trucks are crucial to logistics operations, but the risks are high for those operating and working alongside them.

Between 2018-19 the number of forklift truck related injuries increased at an alarming rate with the following statistics recorded:

-  Five people were hospitalised every day with
    life-changing injuries

-  The number of serious injuries increased by one third,
    rising from 1,000 to 1,300

-  5,700 RIDDORS and 12 fatalities were all directly attributed
    to forklift accidents

-  More than half of those injured (57%) were pedestrians.

The need for effective safety procedures and PPE equipment is self-evident, they prevent death and serious injuries.

Changes to the sentencing guidelines for health and safety and corporate manslaughter offences mean that larger companies can be fined up to £10 million - possibly unlimited fines for special cases. The guidelines also acknowledge having effective health and safety measures in place and a good accident record will reduce any fine issued.

A key change in safety culture is realising that safety is not a drain on resources but an invaluable investment to safeguard the lives and wellbeing of staff and visitors.

Source: Forklift truck accidents

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