Advice from the Work Environment Authority to reduce the risk of truck accidents

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  • Separate the area of use. As far as possible, separate truck traffic from pedestrians and other vulnerable people.
  • Use the right truck for the job. This reduces the risk of serious accidents as well as RSI (repetitive strain injuries).
  • Repair any damage. The truck must be checked and well maintained. Any damage must be repaired immediately.
  • Use the safety belt. Many trucks have a safety belt, mainly to protect the driver if the truck tips over.
  • Use protective footwear. Truck drivers as well as those people working near the truck must use protective footwear.
  • Permit. Everybody who drives a fork-lift truck must have a permit from the employer. A permit may be given only to those who have sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge for the task.
  • Avoid long working hours. Truck work is often carried out under stressful conditions, in particular during loading and unloading. Long working hours can reduce fork-lift drivers’ ability to concentrate and increase the risk of accidents.

Courses for fork-lift truck drivers
If you are not sure what skills are required by forklift truck drivers, make a search on the internet for TPL10, guidelines for fork-lift truck drivers’ knowledge and skills, and you will find more information. These guidelines have been produced by the Prevent safety organisation, and have been commissioned by different parties on the labour market.

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