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FLTA announces expert line-up for Safety Conference Practical Safety Panel

Announcing plans for its first-ever Safety Conference Practical Safety Panel, the Fork Lift Truck Association has emphasised the real-world benefits of learning from the experiences of others when it comes to improving fork lift safety.

With the support of sponsor Briggs Equipment, the FLTA's annual conference will be held at University of Warwick on 24th September 2014 and the defining theme will be: Is there a killer in the warehouse? Five real-world ways to transform fork truck safety.

This year's event – the Association's most ambitious yet – will feature a first-ever Q & A session with the Practical Safety Panel – a group of experts representing a wide-range of perspectives and practical experiences relating to fork lift truck operations.

Chaired by SHD Logistics editor Peter MacLeod, panel members will include: solicitor Harjinder Kandola, Martin Banasik (Allianz), Rob Johnston (TUC), Shaun Pendergast (CFTS), Andy Cartwright (Mentor Training).

FLTA chief executive Peter Harvey said: "Every member of our panel has been hand-picked to ensure that we provide this year's delegates with practical safety advice – from every angle."

The primary aim of this year's national fork truck safety conference is to present proven, real-world methods that will empower all employees to share responsibility for fork lift safety in a no-blame environment.

Key to this will be a series of case-history sessions led by companies who have successfully implemented change in the workplace and are prepared to share their experiences and insights.

"They say experience is the best teacher, but, when it comes to fork lift truck safety, it is far more efficient (and safer) to learn from the experiences of others."

Since its foundation in 1972, the Association – the UK's leading authority on the safe operation of fork lift trucks – has observed, witnessed and supported thousands of fork lift truck users and the companies and organisations who work with them to improve fork lift truck safety – saving countless lives – and limbs – in the process.

Peter continues: "Every one of our speakers has experienced the path to establishing and maintaining safe operations. Although their operations may be different from yours, they will certainly have encountered and dealt with many of the same obstacles facing your operations.

"It is our hope that delegates at this year's Conference use all of these experiences as a starting point which will accelerate the progress of their safety endeavours back on site in the weeks, months and years that follow."

Safety Week 2014

There's a killer in your warehouse...

Tying in closely with the Safety Conference theme, Safety Week – which runs from 22nd to 28th September 2014 – will be the focal point of an on-going campaign to keep this all-important issue at the forefront of everyone's minds.

With accident statistics confirming that it's the same issues that are responsible for almost every workplace accident – and death – the FLTA will use the powerful "Killer" message and a variety of interactive resources to engage with everyone who works on or around a fork lift truck.

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