At the start of the year the Fork Lift Truck Association launched the FLTA Compliance Audit. Delivered by Quality Manager Lee Medway, it is an industry-specific healthcheck covering 100 key assessments and has been designed to ensure fork lift truck users can relax, knowing that by working with an FLTA member they are assured of the highest standards. One of the most rewarding aspects of this has been the feedback received from participants. It has been 100% positive with all audited companies sharing best practice and seizing the opportunity to reassess their procedures and processes.
Our first event of the year was the FLTA Annual Awards for Excellence in March. Once again, we celebrated the industry’s very best products, companies, teams and individuals. It was a memorable evening – widely hailed as the best yet – thanks to our enigmatic celebrity host Gyles Brandreth and unforgettable entertainment.
In the spring we began forging strategic partnerships with a series of trade associations whose members are heavy users of fork lift trucks. These new Partnership Members allow us to communicate the importance of fork lift truck safety, while underlining the value of working with FLTA Members. The list of Partnership Members is growing all the time and can be viewed at www.fork-truck.org.uk.
In September, our Safetember safety awareness campaign reminded workers across the UK that ‘You don’t walk away from a fork lift accident’. It was a theme that resonated with hundreds of companies who accessed free safety materials from the FLTA website. Our #Safetember social media was a huge success with teams from every aspect of the industry tweeting their commitment for the cause.
That month also saw our 16th National Fork Lift Safety Conference, which brought hundreds of fork lift managers and supervisors from across all sectors and corners of the UK together in Coventry.
There, they heard the latest thinking on best practice and learned about the ingenious safety initiatives being successfully implemented by their peers. Plans are already underway for our 2018 event, which will be held on 3rd October.
As you can see, this year has seen the FLTA continue to go from strength to strength, providing the advice and resources required to help this great industry stay safe and informed. We have big plans for 2018 too, so watch this space…