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24 Sep 2018

Bedding company fined £30,000 for safety failings



Staff had no training in Health & Safety and were told to use their 'common sense'

The company, which has now made the safety improvements, has been fined £32,000 and ordered to pay costs of almost £5,000 after admitting the breaches.

The dangerous state of the warehouse was discovered by an environmental health officer from the council during a routine inspection. The officer found several areas of damaged, bent and unsafe racking and saw staff using damaged ladders to reach goods at height. When the officer asked how staff get stock at the back of the pallet racking without leaning a long way out of the scissor lift or climbing onto the racking itself, staff and managers gave no explanation.

In his report, the environment health officer said: “This is one of the worst examples of poor health and safety standards I have seen in my professional career. The damaged racking is the worst example I have seen and to continue to use damaged racking and damaged ladders showed complete disregard for safety.”

You can read the full story here courtesy of the Manchester Evening News which includes images of some of the issues discovered.

In theory I like the idea of using ‘common sense’ as part of your safety policy but unfortunately not everyone has the same level of common sense, and some seem devoid of it completely. You also need to supply the necessary equipment to allow safe operation of tasks, without which common sense would tell me to walk away until it is safe to return.

It is scary that situations like this still occur in warehouses across the UK – with so much training and so many products available to ensure safety and understanding there can be no excuse for allowing staff to work in such dangerous conditions, nor for allowing equipment to fall into such levels of disrepair in the first place.

If these guys had invested just a small amount of money on a system such as Good to Go Safety it would have allowed employees to carry out routine daily checks of racking, ladders and forklifts and allowed them to spot faults early, before they developed into this dangerous level of wear and tear. By ignoring the need for training employees and ensuring routine equipment checks were carried out (and actioned upon) a low cost investment into the company’s safety programme was ignored which led to a significant £32k fine – now where is the common sense in that trail of thoughts?

It’s good to read that they have made the necessary safety improvements since the fine, it’s just a shame they left it so late. Hopefully it will serve a reminder to the many other similar companies out there that continue to ignore the need for safety checks. If you are one of those companies then please check out our products to see how they can help prevent you from being fined by ensuring equipment is maintained in good working order, as per your obligations under PUWER, LOLER and various other H&S Regulations.

By carrying our routine daily checks, recording and auctioning up on the findings you not only improve safety, you actually end up saving money on maintenance costs by repairing minor faults before they develop into something more serious. Our system also removes any doubts/uncertainties by clearly displaying the date and findings of the latest inspection and provides management copies as part of a paper audit trail – documenting a good and reliable safety & maintenance programme.

It really isn’t worth ignoring the warning signs, simply because an accident hasn’t happened YET – you are still liable to prosecution simply by placing employees in danger.

19 Sep 2018

Forklift operators taking safety seriously



According to the Forklift Truck Association (FLTA) there are 1,300 forklift accidents each year which averages out at five accidents in a single day.

Ensuring employees are properly trained and know the importance of pre-use forklift truck checks is crucial. Statistics from the HSE show that nearly 25% of workplace transport accidents involve forklift trucks. It's not unusual for managers and supervisors to have had no formal training in forklift truck safety. The result of this is that supervisors are often not able to recognise risks and take action before a problem occurs. Carrying out forklift inspections with Good to Go Safety can reduce the risk of accidents and any unnecessary maintenance costs to forklift trucks. Not only does Good to Go Safety ensure forklift trucks are safe to use, but it also helps employees familiarise themselves with their forklift truck.

Statistics from the HSE show that nearly 25% of workplace transport accidents involve forklift trucks. The majority of these accidents are caused by poor supervision or lack of training.

Employers need to be made aware that staff training falls into three genres. 1, Basic forklift training takes place off premise and is usually extremely comprehensive. 2, Specific job training follows basic training and allows staff to develop and practise in conditions similar to their own workplace and 3 is training on site where staff are able to familiarise themselves with their workplace and apply learnt skills. Employees with basic forklift training and certification to prove their competence will likely need additional training before operating alternative types of forklift trucks to those they are accustomed to. There has been a 27% increase in forklift drivers taking conversion courses which enables experienced forklift drivers to gain additional experience on a wider variety of forklifts.

31 Aug 2018

Exciting times for Good to Go Safety



Wondering what's got us excited? There's a few clues if you read on...
You've seen a number of developments from Good to Go Safety throughout 2018. Some of these developments include two new inspection checklists for Tow Tractors and Telehandlers, a website facelift and new pre-use inspection posters for Excavators and Harnesses.

As ever though, we refuse to stop working towards our goal "To help companies improve workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with all app licable legislation" and have been working tirelessly to create something we believe our customers will be as excited for as we are.

It seems very cruel to tease you with this "huge unveiling" that's coming soon, so in the meantime i'll be nice and remind you that we still have our 10% OFF Telehandler products until 1st of Sept 2018.

If you're really keen to know what we're up to you can always go to our download page where you can find all the appropriate regulations and legislation in regards to our equipment types. You may find something to analyse on that dashboard. If you're still struggling why not Tag and Question us on twitter and we'll Rattle you're brain with a few more clues.

9 Aug 2018

New addition to the Good to Go Safety - Telehandler



Good to Go safety are pleased to announce the launch of a new checklist system.

The latest addition was developed following requests from numerous customers to add a telehandler checklist to our range. We take our customers’ comments and suggestions seriously and after thorough research and development we are pleased to announce that our new telehandler inspection checklist and tagging system kits will be available to order from September 2018.

We expect demand to be high for the new telehandler safety checklist and we are happy to offer a 10% discount for any orders placed in August, prior to the release in September. This discount will be automatically applied on all orders for telehandler inspection products placed online before the 1st Sept 2018 and the order will be despatched as soon as items are in stock in early Sept.

Our multi-award winning product range continues to grow in popularity and our vision of helping companies to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation is as strong as ever. By using our simple, but highly effective, safe equipment management system we can help keep employees safe by ensuring the equipment they operate is ‘good to go’ prior to using it. The check book (containing 25 checklists) provides guidance notes on what to check for and the checklist runs through key components to inspect. Once completed the checklist can be inserted into a tag attached to the equipment, to clearly identify to everyone, the date and findings of the inspection. A duplicate copy of each completed inspection checklist is also retained for management records.

To find out more about our telehandler maintenance inspection systems and to see the full range of equipment inspections please visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk
16 Jul 2018

Farm Safety Week 2018 #FarmSafetyWeek



It's Farm Safety Week

Agriculture represents about 1.4% of the UK's workforce, however shockingly accounts for approximately 20% of all workplace fatalities*

Last year there were 29 fatalities to workers in agriculture. That's 29 too many. Despite more awareness around farm safety, farmers of all ages are still taking risks when working and this has to stop. People are losing their lives in incidents that in many cases could have been avoided.

In support of Farm Safety Week 2018, we're offering an automatic 10% discount this week only on our tractor checklists and kits.

The Good to Go Safety Tractor Checklist helps ensure that tractors are well maintained and regularly checked, proving invaluable in the event of an HSE inspection following an accident. The checks may also help reduce the risk of an accident occurring in the first place, as possible defects are highlighted and repairs carried out before they deteriorate further. To find out more about the range visit Good to Go Safety or watch our 1 minute video below.



To find out more about Farm Safety Week and how to get involved click here

*Agriculture represents about 1.4 percent of the workforce across the UK but astonishingly accounts for up to 20 percent of all reported work-related fatalities in Great Britain. And even though we still have one of the lowest rates of workplace deaths in Europe, one death is still one too many and we don’t want to see our farmers become a farming fatality statistic,” said FUW education and training committee chairman Alun Edwards - click here to read more.

10 Jul 2018

The importance of a warehouse



Ensure you know your warehouse

A warehouse is the heart of any business, churning out orders and continually processing the flow of incoming and outgoing goods. It is arguably the most valuable area of any business, not just in monetary terms but also in productivity.

Keeping a warehouse moving is critical to any business, any loss in productivity can prove extremely expensive. The cost of equipment downtime can include higher costs for parts and shipping; time lost responding to emergencies and diagnosing faults while equipment is not working; shipping delays and the subsequent impact on your reputation as a supplier of goods.

Assuming your workplace equipment is safe to use opens your warehouse up to the risks of unplanned maintenance and a worst case scenario of disastrous racking collapses.

Workplace equipment can cause injury/death to employees, damage to goods, cost of temporary storage, downtime, legal/compensation/insurance costs, damaged morale and public image if not properly maintained. It's a lot to gamble.

The chance of a forklift truck, pallet truck, tow tractor or other manual handling equipment colliding with pallet racking is great but the reporting of such an incident is small (Drivers voluntarily informing management that a they've hit pallet racking is very rare. It’s much more likely they'll jump out and check for damage on the truck then drive away thinking they have had a lucky escape). It is therefore critical to ensure your warehouse is frequently inspected for the need for damage to prevent any type of disaster.

In 2017 there was a news story about a forklift driver being trapped for hours due to a racking collapse. This is a testament to the potential dangers in any warehouse > Click here to read the full story

Comply with PUWER, WAHR, HSE, SEMA regulations and be recognised for promoting industry best practice with the Good to Go Safety system. The Good to Go Safety Racking Inspection System along with the rest of our checklist systems are available to order on our website

27 Jun 2018

How to be a leader in product development



The video above is like looking in a mirror. I don't mean the dance moves (trust me, no one wants to see those) but more the hard work and self-belief it takes to get noticed in the world of product development - especially in the world of workplace safety.

When we first launched Good to Go Safety back in 2009 (yes we've been around that long) we knew we had something special and were determined to make a song and dance about it, strutting our funky stuff to anyone that would listen (and more often than not, to those that didn't want to listen). The first few years of trading saw us get one or two to appreciate what we could offer but we didn't get the expected uptake we knew our product deserved.

It would have been easy to have second thoughts and question if we had been mistaken in our beliefs; maybe we weren't ready to be a major player in the safety market? Maybe our "moves" weren't as good as we thought? Maybe we should downsize our ambitions?

The guy in the video clearly never questioned his own ability, he knows what he's got and he knows how to shake it. We were made of the same strong stuff and despite a few knock backs and one or two false dawns we have done a great deal to bring Good to Go Safety to market. It's one thing having a great product and it's one thing showing people what it is - over the years we've networked at top UK safety events/exhibitions, we've redeveloped our website three times, improving the look and functionality on each occasion, we've advertised in trade magazines, we've researched the murky world of SEO and we've banged our drum on social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Youtube) until we are blue in the face; Each and every one of these steps has helped us to develop a strong and healthy following. We've redesigned the product and developed new checklists (essentially throwing in a few new moves to try and find the magic combination).

Like the guy in the video, we won't give up. That persistence and self-belief does eventually pay off. As our reputation grows, so do our followers and our customer base. It is the very definition of the snowball effect, the more awareness you can raise, the more you are deemed as acceptable and the more people want to join your party.

Word of mouth, testimonials and referrals from existing customers combined with quality of product and service all help to ensure repeat business and retained customers. Getting those first few to join in is tough, but keep at it and before you know it you won't be seen as that 'odd little guy' dancing on his own. Nope, you'll be considered a market leader, an innovator, someone that people want to join and follow, someone that can inspire others to follow suit. Yes it's hard work, but knowing that we are providing something into the industry that can improve our customer's safety, reduce their maintenance costs and ensure they comply with legislation brings us as much pleasure as throwing your hands in the air, like you just don't care.

The moral of the story is that having a great product is one thing, but reaching the end goal may take a little longer than you first envisage. But stick with it; it's worth it in the long run!

a journey to leadership

Don't forget to watch the full video (available here) to fully understand the moral of the story. Go on, join the party :-)

We've recently reached the fantastic milestone of selling over 2MILLION checklists. Join us on our journey by visiting our Website or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Youtube.

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.
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