They say you should start a year as you mean to go on and 2018 was no exception for the Fork Lift Truck Association.
Our year began with the great news that, after more than 20 years of presenting Awards at our Annual Awards for Excellence, we were finalists in our own right… for not one, but two, awards.
At the Safety and Health Excellence Awards, our long-running, annual national fork lift safety awareness campaign, Safetember, was shortlisted by experts for the Campaign of the Year (Fire, Security, Health and Safety) Award.
The introduction of a jury and a new event format at the FLTA Annual Awards for Excellence impressed the jurors from a wide-range of industries at the Trade Association Forum’s Best Practice Awards.
Facing stiff competition, we were thrilled when our awards scooped its first award of its own: Best Event of the Year.
But there was no time for celebrating. We had our own winners to crown. Big winners at Awards 2018 included: HIAB’s EMOFFETT (Environment), Linde T20 S electric rider stand-on pallet truck (Ergonomics), first-time entrant Elokon’s ELOprotect system (Safety) and Philadelphia Scientific’s Smart Blinky Battery Tray (Innovation).
Game-changing solutions like these are the results of great ideas, which we had plenty of at our annual series of regional meetings which began in March. Events in Chelmsford, Darlington and Wincanton, allowed our Members to hear about the latest initiatives and discuss the issues affecting them, their customers and the wider-industry.
Safety continues to be our paramount concern. The focus of this year’s Safetember campaign, which was sponsored by Windsor Materials Handling, was reminding anyone working with or alongside lift trucks, to make sure their colleagues get home safe.
Safety is a collective responsibility and we were pleased to see so many businesses choosing to commit to making their sites safer than ever before.
At the National Forklift Safety Convention in October, which was sponsored by Toyota Materials Handling UK, a capacity audience learned why forklift safety is a journey – not a destination.
HSE Head of Transportation Kanwal Kanda, thought-provoking behavioural psychologist Dr Tim Marsh and accident survivor Lisa Ramos were among the event’s high-calibre speakers.
It was a diverse and impressive programme, which included peer-to-peer case studies and an expanded exhibition of safety products and services.
This year has seen the Association reach new heights, providing the advice, resources and support required to keep this great industry safe and informed. Plans are already being made for 2019, so visit www.fork-truck.org.uk regularly to be in the know.