Toyota Material Handling UK will be giving away Manual Handling guides and Pride in Performance resource packs during the month of September to celebrate Forklift Safety Week, 19 – 24 September 2011. All requests for guides will also be entered into a prize draw to win a Toyota Safety Supervisors Course.

National Forklift Safety Week run by the Fork Lift Truck Association was launched in 2008 to raise awareness of dangers, and the importance of common sense measures that can make forklift operation as safe and efficient as possible.

Toyota will be giving away Manual Handling Guides and Pride in Performance Packs online at as a way of promoting best practices in the industry and raising awareness of the positive effect small changes to operations can have.

Sam Coles, Commercial Director for Toyota Material Handling UK, said: “We have found that many companies pay a lot of money each year for damage caused to their trucks, racking, walls, doorways, and, of course, to their products. It is estimated that for every £1 paid on damage to equipment £10 is spent on damage to goods – all of which can occur during normal operations. Costs like this are often thought of as unavoidable – the price to pay for getting the goods out on time. At Toyota we believe that damage can be significantly reduced by ensuring that truck operators take pride in their job.”

He continued: “The Pride in Performance campaign encourages companies to promote best practice in the workplace, raise awareness about safety and encourage operators to take pride in their performance, taking responsibility for their actions, their safety and the safety of others, ultimately increasing quality levels and aiming to decrease costs.”

During 2011, Toyota Material Handling has also been an official partner for the Healthy Workplaces Campaign sponsored by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA). It joined forces with EU-OSHA to promote the importance of maintenance and safe maintenance practices across Europe.

The EU-OSHA campaign on safe maintenance aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintenance in workplaces and of the risks if maintenance is not carried out properly. EU-OSHA’s goal is to lower the number of work-related accidents by 25 per cent by 2012.

Toyota has been building on existing safety programmes to enhance awareness and use of safe maintenance practices among its own employees. In addition, the company aims to work with business partners and other interested parties to promote safe maintenance.

For more information and to register for a Manual Handling Guide and/or Pride in Performance Resource Pack and to enter the prize draw to win a Safety Supervisors Course visit

Toyota Material Handling UK Ltd

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