The President of the Australian Industrial Truck Association (AITA), Steve Stewart, has announced that the forklift industry body will sponsor its second annual National Forklift Safety Week from 4-8 June 2012. Stewart said the 2012 Safety Week follows the very successful inaugural event last year and is again supported by each of the association’s full and associate members.
“The suppliers of materials handling equipment in Australia through the AITA are proud to again be sponsoring a National Forklift Safety Week to help reduce accidents involving forklifts in the workplace and make a positive contribution to the safety of all employees working with, or around, lift trucks every day,” Stewart said.
“Continuation of this initiative commenced last year highlights the AITA’s ongoing commitment to promoting the highest levels of safety in the industry.”
The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Training’ and will build on last year’s focus to ‘Watch out for your Mates’. The theme was selected in light of the changes resulting from the harmonised Workplace Health and Safety legislation introduced on 1 January 2012 across a number of jurisdictions, and recent changes to Australian Standards specifically relating to materials handling equipment.
This year’s event will feature a Safety Week seminar on Tuesday 5 June at the Novotel Sydney, Rooty Hill, from 9 am-noon. For more information on the seminar, visit our events page.