Falklands veteran Simon Weston’s inspirational presentation is one of a number of highlights at the FLTA’s National Fork Lift Safety Conference 2014.

Simon2Keynote Address

Philip White, HSE Head of Operational Strategy, will set the tone for the day with his keynote address that will chronicle the HSE’s activities in recent months and how they affect small and large businesses that operate fork lift trucks.

Operational Strategy is a division of the HSE that oversees regulation of key sectors including waste and recycling, agriculture, engineering and manufacturing.

With policy responsibilities that include transport in the workplace, Philip works at the heart of the matter, both with coalition government officials and legislative decision makers.

HSE Update

Andrew Wetters, Senior Policy Advisor for the HSE’s Workplace Transport Team, will inform delegates of the key issues affecting fork lift truck operations in the UK.

Accrediting Bodies Update

Representatives from the Accrediting Bodies Association will share news of the organisation’s latest developments.

The Association, which was formed by the four main accrediting bodies (AITT, ITSSAR, NPORS and RTITB), provides clarification for the training and testing of all workplace transport and MHE operators.

In addition, the ABA provides assurance to employers using the services of an accredited training provider that training will be carried out in accordance with the standards prescribed by L117.

Structure change: Tyres

James Pick from Interfit Ltd will focus on the key role tyres play in keeping fork lift trucks and operators safe, as well as the specific safety issues affecting them.

Communicating safety

Kate Everitt, Group thinkSAFE! manager for GKN plc, will talk about how, following a tragic fork lift truck fatality at a plant in the USA, the company used its thinkSAFE! global safety system to share the learning from the detailed investigation into the incident with its 50,000 employees worldwide.

Crush injuries

Stuart Taylor, Director of Mentor Performance Risk Management, will discuss practical steps to avoid the devastating effect of fork lift injuries, many of which are horrific crush injuries. Being struck by a moving vehicle accounts for 60% of workplace transport fatalities.

Hazards & Controls

Drawing on real-world examples, Chris Briggs, Director of Health and Safety at JCB, will discuss hazards and controls on site.

Changing a dockyard culture

David Westlake and Mark Jackson of Babcock International Group will share details of how they are going about changing the culture of safety at the Royal Dockyard at Devonport – the largest naval base in Western Europe.

Safety Gains

Scott McGready, Senior SHEQ Advisor at Briggs Equipment UK, will speak to delegates about how they have positively reframed hazard reporting with a ‘Safety Gain’ programme, which highlights any noticed opportunity for making safety improvements.

Guest Speaker: Simon Weston OBE

Falklands veteran Simon Weston’s inspirational presentation will show the power of a positive mental attitude, the importance of turning difficulty into opportunity and remaining committed to a goal.

His is a story of triumph over adversity, and his presentation will show the power of a positive mental attitude, the importance of turning difficulty into opportunity and remaining committed to a goal.

This is particularly fitting at an event where delegates will hear – first-hand – from those fork lift safety heroes who have met obstacles head-on and have successfully created and nurtured positive safety culture on their site.

Practical Safety Panel

The Practical Safety Panel is an open Q & A session, which will allow delegates to get practical safety advice – from every angle.

The panel has been hand-picked with each member bringing a new perspective, underlined by practical experiences relating to fork lift truck operations.

Solicitor Harjinder Kandola of Briggs Equipment UK Ltd will provide views from a legal standpoint, while Martin Banasik from Allianz will explain the insurance perspective.

While Shaun Pendergast from Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) will focus on compliance and technical issues, Andy Cartwright from Mentor FLT Training will field questions about training.

In addition, the panel includes FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey, Rob Johnston from the TUC, and Ruth Waring from Labyrinth Logistics Consulting.

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