Counterbalance forklift trucks (FLT’s) are widely used in a variety of industry sectors for material handling. Incidents involving FLT’s are typically vehicle/pedestrian; vehicle/vehicle or vehicle/structure collisions. Of these vehicle/pedestrian incidents have the most potential for reportable injury and around 500 incidents a year involving moving FLT’s are reported to HSE.
A new report describes work undertaken to assess the active sensor systems commonly used to reduce the risk of collision. Companies should establish the conditions under which they will operate a FLT and select a system that best fits their particular operating environment.
The full report is available at www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr1084