FLTA Health & Safety Newsletter


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Familiarisation training

Studies show that any worker is four times more likely to be involved in an accident during their first month of employment. Newly-trained operators are no exception.

Are you doing enough to protect your workforce and your business from this threat?

In this Health and Safety Newsletter, we look at the three stages of fork lift truck training prescribed by the HSE… including Familiarisation training, the one that many employers overlook (at their peril).

Accident investigation: Pipe company fined following fatal fork lift accident

• 49-year-old employee fatally injured when the fork lift truck he was driving overturned
• Victim employed as general operative – not fork lift operator
• Employer failed to ensure operator was properly trained, competent and authorised to operate.

Top Tip from the Field

Make sure you properly train operators
Skilled operators are more productive (and have fewer accidents).

Next steps

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