Essex is a national black spot for forklift truck related deaths
NEW accident statistics released this week by the UK s foremost authority on forklift trucks have revealed a worrying cluster of recent fatalities in Essex. Chelmsford and Braintree districts are cited as areas for concern after seeing local workers kil
NEW accident statistics released this week by the UK's foremost authority on forklift trucks have revealed a 'worrying' cluster of recent fatalities in Essex.
Chelmsford and Braintree districts are cited as areas for concern after seeing local workers killed in forklift truck accidents since 2001.
This along with other Essex boroughs means that Essex workers are far more likely than most to be involved in a forklift truck-related incident, compared to the general UK population.
FLTA representatives believe that the shocking announcements can help to reduce the accident toll, by raising awareness during its safety campaign this week (September 21 - September 27).
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An accident map marked with fatality hotspots spots illustrates the disturbing trend, in the hope that it will spur local businesses into taking action against further deaths.
FLTA chief executive, David Ellison, said: "This is not just a message for forklift truck operators.
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"Two thirds of accidents involve pedestrians and, with forklift trucks on thousands of sites across the region - including public places like garden centres and DIY stores - literally anyone can become a victim if they're not vigilant.
"The message is simple - please take extra care when around the vehicles, never assume that you have been seen, and above all, look out for each other."
The Association has provided a number of free resources on its website that companies can download and use to improve the safety record in their own workplaces.
These can be found at www.fork-truck.org.uk.