The theme, which will form the headline of National Forklift Safety Month throughout September, is a reminder of the human cost of the 1,300 forklift truck accidents that happen in the UK each year.
FLTA chief executive Peter Harvey says: “When people go to work, they expect to come back safe. But every single day, five people don’t come home because they’ve been hospitalised – or worse – by a forklift truck.
“Often, those accidents have life-changing consequences. And the tragedy is, they’re avoidable; usually, somebody just didn’t take fork truck safety seriously enough. That needs to change – which is why Safetember remains one of the most important things we do.
“I want to encourage anyone who works with forklift trucks to visit the FLTA website and sign up for Safetember updates. We’ll send you everything you need to get your workplace involved.”
One worker who didn’t “get home safe” is FLTA Safety Ambassador Lisa Ramos, who lost her left leg when she was crushed by a reversing forklift truck.
She adds: “Nobody thinks they’re going to have a fork lift truck accident – but it happened to me, and it happens to five more people every day. ‘Make sure they get home safe’ is such a simple message, but it’s so important.”
Companies can sign up for free Safetember updates at on the FLTA website.