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Forklift truck safety: preventing collisions

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
BG Orange

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

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