Safety focus on forklift trucks

Date published: 19 September 2016

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will begin a week long programme of inspections from Monday 10 October, focusing on forklift truck safety.

Forklift truck initiative

Forklift trucks (FLTs) are essential vehicles in many businesses however they have also been involved in many workplace incidents which have resulted in injuries and sometimes even death to workers.

HSENI inspectors will undertake the unannounced visits to companies to ensure that they are taking action to control the risks of FLTs in their premises.  The targeted initiative will look at forklift operator training, general maintenance, company’s policy on unauthorised access and all round visibility.

Urging businesses to make forklift truck safety a priority, Audrey Haggan who heads up HSENI’s Manufacturing group said:

“Many incidents involving forklift trucks are completely avoidable by putting in place simple measures such as training and regular maintenance checks. 

“HSENI will provide advice during the targeted visits however inspectors will also not hesitate to take enforcement action against poor practices especially where workers lives are at risk.”

For more information about forklift truck safety call the HSENI helpline on 0800 0320 121 or visit the forklift truck topic page: 


Notes to editors: 

  1. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department for the Economy (DfE).
  2. HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.

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