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A northern town has the most forklift deaths in Britain
More workers are killed in fork lift truck accidents in Halton, Cheshire than anywhere else in the UK, according to new figures from national industry body the Fork Lift Truck Association.
In a public statement released to coincide with National Fork Lift Safety Week in September 2009, the Association confirmed that the borough, which comprises the towns of Widnes and Runcorn and has a population of just 118,000 people, has nevertheless seen three people killed in fork lift related incidents in the last seven years alone.
The figure puts the area in an unenviable position on top of the UK's ten deadliest areas for working with fork lift trucks.
The 10 Worst Areas for Fork Lift Truck Fatalities:
1. Halton, Cheshire
2. Ribble Valley, Lancashire
3. Mendip, Somerset
4. South Kesteven
5. Carmarthenshire, Wales
6. Solihull, West Midlands
8. Alnwick, Northumberland
9. Melton, Leicestershire
10. Castle Morpeth
New accident maps, see above, reveal that the whole North West region is a national hotspot for serious fork lift truck accidents – with workers being hospitalised and killed on a regular basis in locations throughout Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester
Two thirds of accidents involve pedestrians and, with fork lift trucks on thousands of sites across the region including public places like garden centres and DIY stores – literally anyone can become a victim if they're not vigilant.
The above artical and map is taken from the Fork Lift Truck Association.