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29 April 2013

Yale and Cat Lift Trucks scoop the safety related FLTA Awards at the recent ceremony held in Birmingham

Yale and Cat Lift Trucks scoop the safety related FLTA Awards at the recent ceremony held in Birmingham

The FLTA Awards event was co-presented by Channel Five news presenter Emma Crosby, and the winners were awarded Archie statuettes, the materials handling industry's most coveted prize. Each Archie is solid bronze, stands 14 inches high and weighs in at a hefty 12lb.

Yale's Mast-Mounted LED Lights won the Safety Award, and Cat Lift Trucks' NPP16-20N2 (R)(E) Power Pallet Trucks took the Ergonomics award. Babcock International Group was named "Safe Site" for its innovative approach to safety management. Rather than dictate protocol, Babcock involved all of its forklift drivers and supervisors in an open and honest discussion on the subject of safety to identify key issues. Discussions resulted in the introduction of 21 safety standards, and empowered more than 550 staff to help achieve compliance.

Other product category winners on the night were BMB Weatherproof Canopies' Pallet Truck Bag (Environment) and Aisle- Master's Cold Store Aisle-Master (Innovation). Interfit won Supplier of the Year and individual awards were presented to Mathew Wood of Rushlift Ltd (Apprentice of the Year), Malcolm Pearson of Midac UK (Services to the industry), and the Association's former chief executive, David Ellison, was honoured for Services to the Fork Lift Truck Association.

During dinner, the winner of the inaugural Customer Focus Award - identifying the fork truck dealership deemed to have provided the most innovative or appropriate solution to a customer's particular materials handling requirements - was decided by an open vote of attendees.

A great cheer went up as Douglas Gillespie Plant was announced the winner. Afterwards, guests enjoyed a tribute to the Sixties with cabaret performer Miss Sixties and danced into the small hours with FLTA Awards' favourites LIVE! "Awards 2013 has been a resounding success," said FLTA chief executive Peter Harvey. "This event continues to celebrate all that is good in the materials handling industry and, for more than 19 years, we have encouraged the progress that has been achieved.

"Every one of our 'Pick of the Year' represents a significant advance in ensuring that forklift trucks are working more safely, more efficiently and with less impact on the environment. We are proud to recognise and reward such advances."