Everyone knows it’s crucial to ensure all fork lift truck operators are properly trained, if a site is going to be safe. But, if you can pinpoint the exact risk areas, and focus your training to match, employers can really maximise the results.

At McCain Foods (GB) Ltd, the company has long recognised the importance of site safety. To support this, the company undertook a trial with Virtual Risk Manager – Fork Lift Truck (VRM-FLT). The aim was to use this for their risk assessment, monitoring and improving of their existing operators.

Sixty-five operators completed online assessments as part of the trial. Around half of these assessments revealed specific risk areas, which were then targeted with focused, individual coaching.

As a result, the company witnessed improvements in operator audits, reduced damage and downtime, for a safer site all around.

Earlier this year, the team’s efforts were recognised when McCain Foods was presented with the Fork Lift Truck Association Safe Site Award 2012.

At the upcoming National Fork Lift Truck Safety Conference, which will take place on Wednesday 26th September 2012 at Warwick University, delegates will hear how and why the company set about this formidable task and will reveal how such positive results were achieved.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from Toyota Material Handling UK, tickets for the Safety Conference are priced at just: £85 plus VAT for Members and £115 plus VAT for Non-Members.

Book your ticket online today via the FLTA website (www.fork-truck.org.uk).

Be safe

To help keep on top of safety issues McCain Foods (GB) Ltd is a Member of the Safe User Group.

The Association understands how fork lift owners and operators can be overburdened with the many responsibilities, rules and regulations relating to safety… so, to help them cope with the ever-changing legislation, understand the issues and find a way through the paperwork, it created the Safe User Group.

As members of the group, fork lift truck users receive the information they need in a form that’s totally relevant and extremely easy to use. This saves time and money for the member and his or her business, while helping to make the workplace a safer environment for everyone.

Could it work for you? Find out more by visiting the FLTA website.

Is yours a safe site?

Do you take safety seriously? Then why not enter the Safe Site Award at the FLTA Awards for Excellence 2012?

You can nominate your colleagues, your site or even one of your customers’ sites for this prestigious honour.

To qualify for the Safe Site Award, a company should have looked carefully at all aspects of a site and its fork lift truck operations, identified any weaknesses, put them right and seen resulting improvements in safety.

The closing date for nominations is 30th September 2012.



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