National Forklift Safety Day (NFSD) returns for 2023 with the theme ‘Safe Sites Save Lives’.

National Forklift Safety Day is a global initiative, originally established in the United States in 2013 by the Industrial Truck Association (ITA), which aimed to  raise awareness of the safe use of forklift trucks and the importance of proper operator training.

The first UK National Forklift Safety Day took place in 2019, with the British Industrial Truck Association (BITA) leading the campaign. This was in collaboration with its members, supporting industry associations and other stakeholders to convey the safety message far and wide.

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Safe Sites Save Lives

As part of its ongoing commitment to raising UK safety standards, BITA repeated the event every year with a different safety message. Held on the second Tuesday in June, this years message is ‘Safe Sites Saves Lives’ with this theme focussing on improving site safety.

Backed by the slogan ‘Safe Sites Save Lives’, the campaign will run throughout the year. It will be different to previous campaigns as it will be a multi-layered promotion, with the focal point being National Forklift Safety Day today, Tuesday 13th June.

The flexibility afforded the campaign this year is due to the wider platform provided by the material handling trade association, UKMHA and its multi-tiered membership.

The UKMHA’s Safe User Group (SUG) offers a wealth of safety advice to members and its scope will broaden this year to include National Forklift Safety Day. The Association’s goal is that by raising the SUG’s profile, it will encourage more businesses and other organisations to engage with the goals of National Forklift Safety Day.

The role of the SUG in the promotion is being characterised by its own slogan, ‘UKMHA – Setting the Benchmark on Site Safety’.

Safe Area Working Charter

To help give clarity to the definition of a ‘Safe Working Area’ the UKMHA has created this Safe Working Area Charter to outline the minimum requirements of what our industry would deem to be a Safe Working Area for visiting engineers .

We invite and encourage UKMHA members and non members who have engineers attending their sites to sign up to this charter to help demonstrate their support and cooperation to this ambition. By working together in this way, we will improve standards, maintain legal compliance and reduce injuries and ill health both to our employees and yours.

Here’s a link.

Remember to Make Every Day National Forklift Safety Day


National Forklift Safety Day

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