Birmingham, United Kingdom (10th August, 2012) – Trucks Direct UK Ltd, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks for sale and hire, urges those who use and maintain forklifts to take action following the World Health Organisation’s classification of diesel exhaust fumes as carcinogenic.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a panel of experts working for the World Health Organisation, have recently concluded that exhaust fumes from diesel engines do cause cancer. This finding is based on research conducted on high-risk employees, including railway workers and truck drivers, who were regularly exposed to diesel fumes.
It is presumed that those working in the at-risk industries are as much as 40% more likely to develop lung cancer than those in other professions.
The IARC previously labelled diesel exhausts as potentially carcinogenic to humans, but has now concluded that they are a definite cause of cancer. These findings now place diesel exhausts in the same group as carcinogens such as plutonium, sunlight and alcohol.
Simon Watkins, a spokesperson for Trucks Direct UK, commented: “With so much press coverage about the harmful effects of diesel fumes, some forklift users have expressed concerns about the safety of their forklift operations.
“Fumes are associated with a number of fuel types, which is why we have created a free and straightforward fact sheet on this subject.
“Those who use and maintain forklifts will need a sound risk assessment and practical solutions to deal with any fumes, which may contaminate their workplace.
For more information on Trucks Direct UK’s products and services, please visit http://www.trucksdirectuk.co.uk/ or call 0121 344 4744.
About Trucks Direct UK Ltd:
Centrally-located in the West Midlands, Trucks Direct is one of the country’s largest suppliers of quality used forklift trucks, with many years of trading and thousands of satisfied customers throughout the UK and overseas. The company’s long history and extensive contacts in the industry enable us to offer the highest-quality vehicles at the lowest prices. Trucks Direct’s customers range from small businesses acquiring their first forklift, up to some of the country’s largest plc companies, and they employ qualified engineers to ensure that each vehicle sold is thoroughly checked and delivered with 12 months L.O.L.E.R. certification.
Gailey Park, Three Acre House
Walsall Road, Perry Barr,
Zip: B42 1TP
Tel: 0121 344 4744