FLTA challenges IMHX visitors on safety

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The Fork Lift Truck Association will invite IMHX visitors to IMHX (Birmingham's NEC, 19 - 22 March 2013) to test their awareness of fork lift best practice this March, with a free, interactive safety challenge.

With an estimated 20,000 materials handling professionals expected to attend the four-day exhibition, the Association hopes to give as many as possible the chance to check their safety awareness, rule out any blind spots and, potentially, win prizes.

Located in the heart of the show on stand 19K126, the "Play it Safe" challenge is completely free of charge.

Each day, one top scoring contestant will win a year's free Membership of the FLTA Safe User Group, as part of a safety prize bundle worth £400.

However, with HSE figures indicating that fork lift trucks continue to be a leading contributor to workplace transport incidents, the Association believes it is the challenge itself which is most valuable.

FLTA chief executive Peter Harvey explains: "The safety challenge is a bit of fun, but with a serious message. Every day British workers are seriously injured in fork lift truck accidents, and we hope anyone visiting IMHX will take two minutes out of their day to test and improve their own safety skills.

"We're not trying to catch anyone out; just giving them an opportunity to check their own understanding of current best practice, so they can spot any risks they've missed and make things safer back at work if need be."

As an added incentive for coming to the stand, the FLTA is offering IMHX visitors 15 months' membership to its Safe User Group for the price of 12 months. In addition, every new member will receive a free "key" to Virtual Risk Manager – FLT, a fast and objective online re-assessment tool for operators.

Alongside safety-conscious fork lift truck users, dealers considering the benefits of FLTA membership will be given a warm welcome... and an insight into the wealth of resources, guidance and independent help lines which are exclusively available to Members.

Once again, the stand will be available to existing FLTA Members, as a base to rest tired feet, leave coats and bags and perhaps network over a coffee.

For many, the exhibition will also give a first opportunity to meet the Association's new management team.

Peter Harvey continues: "We're looking forward to meeting as many members as possible, asking for feedback and hearing their ideas about how they'd like the FLTA to develop over the coming months and years.

"That means we're hosting fork truck users with an interest in best practice, alongside dealers and manufacturers who have access to specialist expertise and have signed up to the FLTA Code. That seems like a recipe for improved safety and better business all round."

The Fork Lift Truck Association is the UK's independent authority on fork lift trucks. Visit them at IMHX stand 19K126 or, for more information, visit www.fork-truck.org.uk

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