According to a Eurostat study 10% of major injuries across European industry occur with material handling equipment, making safe equipment a priority for Toyota Material Handling. In more than 80% of the cases the issue is the wrong use of the truck, therefore it is so important to promote safety culture and awareness amongst customers.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Toyota Material Handling kept contributing to health and safety at work. From contactless deliveries of trucks, to implementing disinfection procedures, or new service guidelines.
“It’s key for us to stay resilient and not only apply a new way of thinking but also adapt our behaviour facing new challenges. This way we can answer to the ever-changing needs of our customers and employees while keeping them safe and healthy,” says Ernesto Domínguez, President and CEO of Toyota Material Handling Europe.
Maximising quality and customer safety are top of mind for Toyota Material Handling Europe. By creating a safety culture throughout the organisation, the company aims to make a difference in the safety of its own and customers’ operations. By keeping the conversation with own employees and customers ongoing and exchanging best practices, Toyota can contribute to zero accidents in the workplace and the wider material handling industry.
Lighten the load
Millions of workers across Europe suffer from work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). According to the 2019 European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emerging Risks, among the most frequently identified risk factors are repetitive hand or arm movements and lifting or moving people or heavy loads.
Toyota Material Handling’s partnership of EU-OSHA is part of the commitment to create a safer society.
It is essential that everyone works together to prevent MSDs in the workplace.
Safety initiatives and tools
Operator training is part of Toyota’s standard offer, and the past few years, Toyota Material Handling has invested in numerous projects that managed to reduce injuries in Spain, France and Italy. With I_Site fleet management, customers are able to monitor and improve safety of their connected trucks by managing impacts, driver access and pre-operational checks.
I_Site’s new gamification feature Team Challenge invites forklift drivers to enter in a competition for a safer work environment. Operators are divided in teams, whose safety data is recorded and ranked in a competition scoreboard. Drivers with the least amount of injuries and shocks are appointed as winners. Team Challenge has proven to strongly decrease the amount and frequency of incidents.