The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires you, as an employer, to take steps that protect the health and safety of your employees and others while at work, as far as is reasonably practicable.
This legislation was put in place as a result of the thousands of forklift truck related accidents that are reported every year. These can result in severe injury, damage to equipment, and death, in addition to hefty costs to employers. The areas employers should pay attention to are the main causes of forklift truck accidents, which include:
- insufficient or lack of professional operator training
- premises that are inappropriate for the work involved
- substandard maintenance of equipment
Given the dangers of forklift truck driving, it is up to employers to carry out a full risk assessment of their forklift truck operations and to then introduce appropriate safe working procedures. The aim is to mitigate or reduce the risks as far as possible.