“Employers” have Responsibilities, Duties and Legal Obligations regarding Lift Truck Safety in the workplace. The main legislation applying to the use of Lift Trucks is: the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations & Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations.
PUWER and LOLER were both introduced in Dec 1998, ten years on a lot of companies are still unaware of these regulations which could prove to be very costly. Companies who fail to comply and who are subsequently prosecuted could face unlimited fines and Directors can be sentenced to prison.
Lift truck Safety in the Work-place
The chart opposite represents the actual number of injuries and fatalities for the year 2006 – 2007 (source HSE).
Poor or inadequate training and failing to operate Safe Systems of Work contribute to most accidents in the workplace, it has been well documented that employees who are competently trained will save money with improved efficiency and by causing less accidental damage.
|Over 3 Day Injuries||Major Injuries||Fatal Injuries|
|Struck by Vehicle||1480||886||49|
|Collapse, Overture of Vehicle||53||35||5|
|Falls From Vehicle||985||785||4|
|Materials Falling From Vehicle||528||219||8|
2006 – 2007 Source HSE