25% of workplace transport injuries are a direct result of forklift truck accidents. Around 1,300 UK employees are hospitalised each year with serious injuries following forklift accidents
Ensuring staff are trained and know the importance of pre-use forklift truck inspections is incredibly important. It is estimated that each year ten percent of all reported accidents involving forklift trucks are caused by lack of training. "It's not unusual for managers and supervisors to have had no formal training in forklift truck safety. As a result, staff in charge of our workplaces are often not able to recognise risks when they see them and take action before problems occur". FLTA Chief Executive David Ellison. Carrying out a forklift inspections with Good to Go Safety inspections checklist can reduce the risk of accidents and any unnecessary maintenance costs to forklift trucks.
Good to Go Safety offers an easy solution for forklift management with a flexible inspections checklist system that can be used on a pre-use, ad-hoc, daily or weekly basis. Completing pre-use forklift inspections as part of your FLT (Forklift Truck) safety maintenance programme ensures both employees and visitors are aware of the forklifts trucks status at all times. Using the forklift inspections checklist ensures your business is compliant with PUWER, LOLER, HSE & FLTA regulations and best practice. The forklift inspections checklist status tag is highly visible, displaying a “Do Not Use” message until a forklift inspection checklist has been inserted - we recommend positioning the status tag at the entry point to the forklift cab to provide an immediate reminder to the forklift driver. Additional reminders such as pre-use inspection posters can also help remind drivers to complete a forklift inspections checklist before starting up the vehicle.
Once the pre-use forklift inspections has been completed, the forklift checklist is inserted into the tag to display the inspections findings and the date of completion. This removes the risk of assumption.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure all employees operating or working in the vicinity of a forklift are adequately informed of the potential hazards and the relevant safe work procedure is in operation. Such management systems will include controls on use, defect reporting & recording and inspections & maintenance of forklift trucks and equipment. Good to Go Safety inspections checklist ticks all the boxes to ensure you are always Good to Go!