Forklift trucks (FLTs) are familiar vehicles in many businesses and are often considered essential.
Forklift trucks however are involved in a large percentage of accidents in the workplace and users are being seriously injured, sometimes fatally, in accidents that are entirely preventable. Many of these accidents are due to operators not having enough training and also poor truck maintenance.
Forklift truck users are employers and workers that own, operate and are responsible for running the vehicles on a day to day basis.
There are steps that employers and workers can take to reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace.
The document 'Forklift Trucks' outlines the steps you can take to control the risks when using FLTs in your premises. You can download this publication along with other useful documents from the following links:
- Forklift Trucks
- Authorised lift truck drivers template
- Operator checklist for forklift trucks
- Is your lift truck used safely?
HSE (GB) resources are available on the HSE website. You can access these documents from the following links:
- Rider-operated lift trucks - GB ACOP L117 approved for use in NI
- Use lift trucks safely: A brief guide for operators - INDG457
- Lift-truck training: Advice for employers - INDG 462
- Thorough examination of lifting equipment: A simple guide for employers – INDG 422
- Working platforms (non integrated) on forklift trucks - Guidance Note PM28
- Lifting equipment at work: A brief guide - INDG 290
- Providing and using work equipment safely: A brief guide - INDG 291
- Workplace transport safety: A brief guide - INDG 199
For other resources on forklift trucks click on the 'see related publications' link below.