According to hse “Lift trucks are particularly dangerous in the workplace. On average, lift trucks are involved in about a quarter of all workplace transport accidents”. An accident was reported earlier this month.

Accidents involving lift trucks are often due to poor supervision and a lack of training.

The Health and Safety Executive has published an Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) and guidance called Rider-operated lift trucks: Operator training and safe use.

This sets the minimum standard of basic training people should receive before they are allowed to operate certain types of lift truck – even if they only operate the equipment occasionally.

If you employ anyone to operate a lift truck covered by the ACOP, you should make sure that operators have been trained to the standards it sets out.

Having good Health and Safety in place helps protect your business and your employees from injury. Put simply, L117 is the key document for anyone responsible for managing materials handling operations. It is available to download for free here.

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