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14 Jun 2018

TrustPilot Reviews


Positive feedback we receive from our customers highlights the growing appreciation for our workplace equipment inspections and inspires Good to Go Safety to continue developing our range. We've got more EXCITING products coming soon so follow us on Twitter to be one of the first to find out what we've been up to!

Good to Go Safety provides a range of equipment inspections to ensure that workers remain safe even in the worst weather. Completing a pre-use inspection ensures equipment is in safe working order. Whether it highlights to an employee that their back brake light is out, that the foundation of fixed scaffolding has been compromised or that their tractor has an electrical fault. Good to Go Safety have the ideal solution.

If you have any success stories or examples of where Good to Go Safety has made a difference to you or your company, why not share it on TrustPilot and let everyone know.

Thank you for your continued support, it really is appreciated by us all at Good to Go Safety.

11 Jun 2018

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The positive feedback we receive from you, our customers emphasises the growing appreciation for our products and inspires us to continue developing our range

If you have any success stories or examples of where Good to Go Safety has made a difference, you can share it on TrustPilot. We are always interested to hear from you and will consider using your comments for future press releases and social media posts. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube or via Pinterest to be amongst the first to hear of any new product developments, special offers or news stories from Good to Go Safety.

Good to Go Safety offers a simple, effective and affordable solution to work equipment safety and provides a flexible solution which can be adapted to meet your company requirements. The system has three main parts, a Tag, Check Book and Tamper Evident Seal. For more information visit our website Good to Go Safety

Thank you for your continued support, it really is appreciated by us all at Good to Go Safety.
6 Jun 2018

Ladder accident claims life

Ladder Fall from Height

A young man of only 20years has died after falling from a ladder at a railway station.

The emergency services arrived to Bearsden Station, East Dunbartonshire after reports were called in that a worker had been seriously injured after he fell from his ladder.

Officers remained on scene and made enquiries to establish how the man came to fall, However, the circumstances were not believed to have been suspicious.

Health and Safety Executive officials are now investigating the incident.

Falls from a height are still the biggest cause of accidental lethality in the workplace.

It is estimated that there are roughly two million step/ladders in use across the UK each day. It is therefore not surprising that step/ladders account for 40% est. of fall from height accidents.

Many ladder accidents could be stopped with worker training, a ladder inspections checklist and ladder safety precautions. Each ladder should be inspected using a ladder inspections checklist prior to using. Using a ladder inspections checklist ensures any faults or general wear and tear which could compromise the ladder are found prior to an unsuspecting user unknowingly risking their life.

Unfortunately ladder fatalities like the one above happen an average of 42 times a year. A truly shocking statistic.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the individual concerned at this time.
17 May 2018

Yellow Weather Warning

Bad Weather

Things to consider during stormy weather

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warnings for rain today from 9am until 10pm for large parts of Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the north-west of England. With yellow weather warnings issued nationwide now seems a sensible time to remind people who are working over the weekend to stay safe.

Heavy rain can cause devastating accidents both on the roads and in construction sites. Flash flooding can not only cause extremely dangerous driving conditions but also turn solid foundations into marsh.

Good to Go Safety provides a range of equipment inspections to ensure that workers remain safe even in the worst weather. Completing a pre-use inspection ensures equipment is in safe working order. Whether it highlights to an employee that their back brake light is out, that the foundation of fixed scaffolding has been compromised or that their tractor has an electrical fault. Good to Go Safety have the ideal solution.
26 Apr 2018

Now Available Tow Tractor Inspections Checklists


We were asked to produce a checklist for Tow Tractors by an existing customer and as a result we are pleased to introduce our latest addition to the Good to Go Safety range. Our comprehensive Tow Tractor inspection checklist programme will help companies to meet their LOLER and PUWER obligations.

A fully laden tow tractor and trailer can pull some serious tonnage so pre-use equipment checks of brakes, tyres and loads (amongst others) will help keep staff safe in the workplace.

Narrow aisles, small loading areas, steep ramps or uneven surfaces can make smooth operation difficult with forklifts or pallet trucks. The ability to tow multiple trailers with a tow tractor can significantly reduce traffic in warehouses and improve efficiency in busy environments.

Industrial trucks account for a large proportion of accidents in warehouses. Many of these accidents are due to operator error associated with inadequate or lack of training. There are however, other reasons for truck accidents, including unsuitable premises, poor layout and design of truck operating areas and poor truck maintenance. Employers using trucks should therefore adopt safe systems of work (eg for training employees, procedures for traffic and pedestrian movement, and for control and maintenance of trucks).

Tow tractors require inspection under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and our checklist system can help companies to meet those responsibilities.

Simply attach a tag to the tow tractor in a position for maximum visibility and then use the check book to carry out a pre-use inspection. Remove the top copy of the completed checklist and place inside the tag (a duplicate NCR copy is retained in the book for management/maintenance records). The tag will clearly advise users if a fault has been found and indicate a “Do Not Use” message, or if all checks were satisfactory than users will be advised that the truck is “Good to Go”.

Good to Go Safety encourages pre-use inspections of workplace equipment. By introducing a visual check of equipment before the start of each shift. This eradicates the assumption that workplace equipment is safe to use.

The frequency of inspection will be dependent on findings of a risk assessment with a bare minimum of an annual inspection required. In areas of daily use, in harsh environments or high risk of collisions then the frequency of inspection may be increased to monthly, weekly or daily checks. Good to Go Safety is totally flexible to meet your needs.

Check your Tow Tractors today with Good to Go Safety
13 Apr 2018

Friday the 13th - Ensure your workplace is safe!

Considered an unlucky day in Western society, Friday the 13th sparks fear in hearts of the superstitious. According to the Stress Management Centre and Phobia Institute, an estimated 17-21 million people are affected by fear on this day in the United States alone.

A study within the British Medical Journal concluded that the risk of a hospital admission as a result of a accident may be increased by as much as 52% on Friday the 13th

These statistics were drawn after researchers analysed the traffic flow and number of injuries from car accidents on the M25 over a five month period during which the 13th fell on a Friday. They noted that although there were consistently fewer vehicles on the road during the Friday the 13th (possibly as a result of superstitious people) that "the risk of hospital admission as a result of a transport accident may be increased by as much as 52 percent".

However, the Dutch Centre for Insurance stated that "fewer accidents occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday because people are preventatively more careful (at least in the Netherlands).

To keep a workplace running smoothly, safely and efficiently, you should ensure equipment has been inspected, has been found to be in good repair and its status highlighted.

Too many employees are injured following an accident and Friday the 13th seems the perfect time to remind employers to conduct pre-use checks before using equipment. Asking employees to inspect equipment is not only a smart and responsible policy to enforce, but is also required by law.

Good to Go Safety encourages pre-use inspections of workplace equipment. By introducing a visual check of equipment before the start of each shift. This eradicates the assumption that workplace equipment is safe to use.

The system is totally flexible to meet the needs of any company - allowing the frequency of inspections to be defined by your risk assessment - in a busy, high traffic warehouse the frequency of racking inspection may be higher than in a smaller pedestrianised warehouse. Whether it be daily, weekly, monthly or ad-hoc checks that are required, the system adapts to meet your requirements.

Don't give Friday the 13th any ammunition. Check your equipment with Good to Go Safety today

12 Apr 2018

Commended Award for Safety Excellence 2018

We are proud to announce that after last nights #SafetyHealthAwards we were successful at winning a "Safety Excellence" award

The aim of our products is to help companies improve workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. Receiving accolades like this confirms that we are indeed making a difference and being successful in our quest to create a safer workplace. It’s amazing to think that we’ve helped so many of our customers to keep their workplace equipment safe and in good working order.

“Proud and pleasantly surprised to receive a commended award for safety excellence 2018 at #SafetyHealthAwards” Graham Halliday - Product Manager

10 Apr 2018

Flood alerts issued for parts of England

Four flood warnings have been issued for England. Yellow warnings for torrential rain for North East England, South West England, Yorkshire and Humber.

Britain is due to be battered with heavy rain as the Met Office issues flood warnings for parts of the UK, with homes and businesses at threat. Power supplies and public travel services are likely to be disrupted.

With severe rain / flood warnings issued to the majority of Britain, now seems a sensible time to remind people working with/on scaffolding of the dangers and precautions that should be considered during such periods of inclement weather. Regardless of weather conditions it is always important to ensure that all scaffolds are erected in accordance with guidance from manufacturers' user guides, technical guidance such as the NASC's TG20, and / or with the appropriate scaffold design.

Particular concern during periods of torrential rain are footings and foundations along with bracing and tie arrangements.

The foundation of fixed scaffolding is arguably the most important part of a scaffold. Similar to a tower of cards, if the structure begins to fail at the bottom layer it will all come tumbling down. Now imagine that the surface you've built your tower of cards on gets wet, the solid ground becomes muddy with the potential to sink. Regular maintenance and scaffolding inspection checks are vital to ensure that scaffolding remains safe and stable, especially during and after any adverse weather conditions.

Scaffolding inspection checks to ensure that ties and bracings are properly installed (correct tie pattern, sufficient coupler connections to scaffold, adequately tested etc) ensures that the structure is stronger and therefore the chances of failure during adverse weather are significantly reduced.

Using the Good to Go Safety Scaffolding Inspection system ensures compliance with PUWER, WAHR, CDM, NASC & HSE legislation and best practice. Simply attach a Status Tag at point of entry to ensure maximum visibility; the tag has been designed to sit flush to the scaffolding tube using cable ties. Complete the Scaffolding Inspection Checklist (designed in line with BS EN 12811-1 and TG20:13 guidance) to ensure scaffolding remains safe. Chronological duplicate record of all scaffolding inspections are retained for management records as required under WAHR and PUWER.

5 Apr 2018

Drivers urged to #TowSafe4Freddie

In January 2014, a mother and a young boy Freddie Hussey (3 year old toddler) were walking in Bedminster, Bristol when a 2-tonne trailer became unattached from a Land Rover, mounted the kerb and hit Freddie.

The investigation into Freddie’s death found that the trailer’s handbrake lever was in the wrong place.

Freddie’s parents launched a campaign called #TowSafe4Freddie which urges all drivers to carry out a basic trailer inspection check each time they tow a trailer to avoid further tragedies.

The Transport Research Laboratory analysed accidents over a five year period and identified a total of 4,173 reported accidents involving at least one vehicle towing, representing 0.5% of the overall reported accidents. Of these accidents, 100 were fatal (2.4%), 671 were serious (16.1%) and 3,402 were slight (81.5%). The corresponding percentages for all cars/ vans are about 1% fatal, 11% serious and 88% slight, these statistics prove that towing trailers can be more likely to result in serious or fatal road accidents.

Good to Go Safety are extremely proud to support #TowSafe4Freddie by offering 10% OFF all our Good to Go Safety Trailer Inspection Products for this month. The Good to Go Safety trailer inspection products serve as reminders to carry out a pre-use trailer inspections checklist before taking to the road and allows the driver to a run through a series of critical component checks including chassis, brakes, lighting, wheels etc as well as the load itself.

For more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/road-safety-campaign-urges-drivers-to-towsafe4freddie

23 Mar 2018

Who can carry out inspections?



Since Good to Go Safety started their equipment tagging and inspection checklist systems, perhaps the most regular question we are asked from our customer is "Who can carry out equipment inspections?" to which we often answer "A competent employee".

It is a phrase often seen in legislation & guidance and the HSE does give a definition of exactly what they consider a competent employee to be. In short, it is "someone who has the necessary skills, experience and knowledge to manage health and safety."

Judith Hackitt (Chair of the HSE) states "The essence of competence is relevance to the workplace. What matters is that there is a proper focus on both the risks that occur most often and those with serious consequences. Competence is the ability for every director, manager and worker to recognise the risks in operational activities and then apply the right measures to control and manage those risks."

Of course the type of work and inherent dangers that it brings also have a factor in who you might deem to be competent. It's a common assumption that "anyone" can use a ladder safely, without the need for training, after all we use them at home often enough without going through a course on its safe use? Surely that makes us competent?

If you read through our previous blogs and search the internet for "ladder accidents" you will find an abundance of prosecutions, injuries and deaths resulting from falls from ladders. As a result we would always recommend that employees are trained in the safe use of the equipment they are expected to use - whether that is a ladder, forklift, pallet truck or nuclear submarine - this training should include providing them with the knowledge of what they need to inspect before using the equipment. Once armed with that knowledge and sufficient experience then they may well be deemed as competent and ready to start carrying out equipment checks for their own use or for their colleagues' equipment.

Providing your competent employee with the tools to carry out inspections, to monitor and record their findings is where Good to Go Safety can help. Our inspections checklist will cover the main pre-use inspection checks and act as a failsafe to ensure they are inspected - the tag provides a clear visual reminder and allows the findings of the inspections check to be displayed for all to see. Anybody walking past, or going to use the equipment will be able to see the date and findings of the inspection and know if it is safe to use.

To find out more about our equipment inspection systems and how they can help to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with regulations please visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk

There is a wealth of information available to read on the subject of competency on the HSE website: www.hse.gov.uk which includes downloads, looking at an employer’s responsibilities when using contractors to carry out work.

You may think that outsourcing work to a 'specialist' would exonerate you of all responsibility, should an incident occur during their watch, but in reality there is a need to work closely with your contractor and have an understanding of the work to be carried out - frequent communication is key - if something doesn't sound/look right then don't be afraid to question their intentions.

The importance of using a reliable and trustworthy company to carry out work on your behalf can not be ignored - it's not always suitable to simply go with the cheapest option. Looking at the various examples of 'dodgy scaffolding' littered across the internet - often erected by so-called professionals - it is easy to find reasons to research your intended contractor - we'd also advise using a company that is registered with an industry body such as FLTA, SEMA, PASMA, CISRS, The Ladder Association etc who can offer peace of mind that their members are adequately trained and competent.

I read this morning of a prosecution of two scaffold inspectors who had failed to carry out a thorough inspection of a scaffold before signing it off as safe to use. This resulted in a worker falling through a gap between the scaffolding and the building, resulting in serious injuries.

As individuals we must be able to trust the people that are telling us a piece of equipment is safe to use, knowing that they are competent to do so is critical to making that work. To read more about this latest prosecution visit: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017.
19 Mar 2018

Warehouse Management

To keep a warehouse running smoothly and efficiently, you should ensure equipment is in good repair and highlight equipment status.

Too many employees are injured following an accident in a warehouse or factory. Asking employees to conduct pre-use checks before using equipment is not only a smart and responsible policy to enforce, but is also required by law.

There are many YouTube videos of racking collapses, forklift accidents, pallet truck accidents. These show how quickly an accident can happen. In the blink of an eye. The carnage that's left behind is truly shocking.



Imagine if a fault was noted by a operative as he nears the end of his shift. In his eagerness to get home he forgets to relay the information, resulting in an accident.



The system is totally flexible to meet the needs of the company - allowing the frequency of inspection to be defined by your risk assessment - in a busy, high traffic warehouse the frequency of racking inspection may be higher than in a smaller pedestrianised warehouse. Whether it be daily, weekly, monthly or ad-hoc the system adapts to meet your requirements. Ensuring equipment is in good order shouldn't be ignored

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