The World Day for Safety and Health at Work took place on April 28th, as it does every year. But safety should of course be a priority every single working day, as Combilift CEO Martin McVicar explains.

Ensuring the safest possible working environment doesn’t just mean adhering to statutory guidelines. Creating a safety strategy across the workforce encourages a culture of vigilance which minimises risks. This is particularly vital where the combination of vehicles such as forklifts working alongside other employees on foot can lead to potentially dangerous situations.

Accidents involving forklift trucks are still a major issue, in spite of the UK having some of the most stringent safety legislation in the world. Human error is a major cause, and carrying out repetitive tasks on a daily basis can also make drivers or operators complacent to the hazards, so management and the company as a whole needs to be constantly reinforcing the safety message.

Choosing the most suitable equipment for specific handling requirements can vastly improve safety. The indirect costs of not using the right trucks can be considerable in terms of downtime after collisions, product damage or repairs and administrative costs for accident investigations. Disruptive work flow, delayed deliveries and unhappy customers are further consequences. And this is without counting the much more grave human cost of any injuries that may be inflicted.

What’s required are handling solutions tailored to specific challenges. Every Combilift model has been developed with safety at the forefront, and our thousands of customers around the world have realised that putting safety first doesn’t just protect the workforce but leads to other wide ranging benefits such as improved productivity and more cost-effective operation.

So if you think you think your MHE needs a health check, Combilift or one of our many dealers around the country will be happy to help.

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