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14 Dec 2017

Elf on the Shelf

When it comes to #ElfandSafety you shouldn't leave it up to your #ElfOnTheShelf Good to Go Safety's #ElfOnTheShelf is on a mission to promote workplace safety

The importance of completing pre-use inspections on workplace equipment is paramount to any Health and Safety maintenance regime. Spotting minor defects on equipment such as Forklifts, Ladders, Racking, Pallet Trucks, Excavators, Tractors, Cars, Vans, Cranes, Trailers, MEWPs, Scaffolding, Harnesses and any other equipment used for work can save your company money by reducing repair costs. Equipment defects which are left to fester can become a more costly fault and eventually the defect will fail and potentially cause a fatal accident.

Forklift Inspections #ElfOnTheShelf is asking "Do you know if your forklifts are safe to use?"

Employers have a duty of care to ensure all employees operating or working in the vicinity of forklifts are protected from harm. Ensure your forklift operators are trained in how to identify equipment failures and they understand the importance of completing pre-use visual inspections. Highlight a forklifts current status, complete a comprehensive inspection and remind employees with visual inspection posters all available from Good to Go Safety

Pallet Truck Inspections "Did you know that 1 person is hospitalised every day in the UK due to material handling"

Injury is much more likely to occur to operators of damaged or ineffective MHE (Material Handling Equipment). Personnel utilising MHE such as pallet trucks should ensure that correct procedures are being followed and most importantly, that the equipment is safe to use. Pallet trucks are covered by PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) and as such must be maintained in a good condition and routinely inspected to ensure they are fit for purpose. Pallet Truck Inspections available at Good to Go Safety

Scaffold Tower Inspections "Help to identify any poor maintained Scaffold Towers with Good to Go Safety"

A fall from height is the largest cause of accidental fatality in the workplace. Providing essential safety inspections for employees prior to using a scaffolding tower improves safety and avoids costly accidents. Scaffold Towers should meet the specification of BS EN 1004:2004 and the checks found in the Good to Go Safety Scaffold Tower Inspection Checklist can help identify any inconsistencies and/or defects.

Trailer Inspections #Elfie explains that "Accidents involving trailers are more likely to result in fatal road traffic accident"

A total of 4,173 road traffic accidents involving a car towing a trailer were analysed by The Transport Research Laboratory. The TTRL identified evidence which suggests that accidents involving trailers were more likely to result in a serious or fatal road traffic accident. If used for work then a trailer falls under the usual requirements of PUWER and requires routine checks to ensure it is fit for purpose. Ensure your Trailer is safe with Good to Go Safety.

Fall Arrest Harness Inspections "When was the last time you checked your harness?"

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) stipulates a requirement for periodic inspections of fall protection equipment. A harness can be life saving in the event of a fall so the need to carry out regular inspections is essential. There is a wide range of damage which can occur to a harness through general day to day use and highlighting these can save a employees life. Carry out a pre-use inspection on all harnesses with Good to Go Safety.

Tractor Inspections Elfie says "Farming accounts for 20% of all workplace fatalities"

The most common causes of serious and fatal injuries in the agriculture sector involve farm vehicles and machinery. In order to comply with legislation, you should carry out daily checks to make sure all equipment you are about to use, or allow someone else to use, is safe and working correctly. Tick all the boxes an ensure you're always Good to Go.

Give your employees SAFETY this Christmas - Give them Good to Go

29 Nov 2017

The Ladder Safety Trilogy


Bob and the Faulty Ladder
Bob is like many other warehouse operative. His time is consumed thinking about what he's going to have for tea and what he'll watch on tv that night. He doesn't realise he's risking serious injury when he climbs those rickety ladders, he simply lives in the assumption that "they were fine yesterday, so they'll be fine today".

A fall from a ladder accounts for around 33% of all fall from height accidents in the workplace and so a ladder should be inspected prior to use to ensure it is fit for purpose and does not have any faults or general wear and tear. If Bob had done this, then the events of the above video would not have happened.


Return of the Bob
After his fall from the ladder, Bob returns to the warehouse with a new respect for ladder safety. With this new knowledge, Bob is dedicated to ensuring that no one else in the warehouse is injured due to equipment negligence, but even the best of intentions can fall short without clear protocols in place.



Be like Bob
After Bill's accident, Bob's management introduce a new warehouse safety regime and appoint Bob as the safety manager. Bob introduces us and his warehouse to the new safety regime called Good to Go Safety and goes through the steps to ensure that equipment always remains in good working order so that no one else can ever be injured due to faulty equipment on his watch again.

To improve workplace safety and reduce maintenance costs, place your order today at GOOD TO GO SAFETY


17 Nov 2017

Children in Need 2017



In support of #ChildreninNeed we're donating 10% of all online sales placed today!

What is BBC Children in Need?

They provide grants to projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They are local to people in all corners of the United Kingdom and support small and large organisations which empower children and extend their life choices.

They are currently supporting over two thousand projects across the UK. The projects they fund help children facing a range of disadvantages such as poverty; children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

The grant programmes are open all year round for applications and they give their small grants awards four times a year and main grants three times a year. For more information about Children in Need Click Here.

To improve safety your workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and help with a worthy cause like Children in Need. Place your order today at GOOD TO GO SAFETY
14 Nov 2017

How Preventive Maintenance Can Save a Business Money



We believe that keeping your business moving is critical.

Any loss in productivity can prove costly, not just financially: The cost of unplanned maintenance includes lost production; higher costs for parts and shipping; as well as time lost responding to emergencies and diagnosing faults while equipment is not working; not to mention the impact on your reputation following delayed deliveries. Unplanned, reactive maintenance has many overhead costs that can be avoided when implementing our equipment maintenance system. That's why forklift maintenance is vital to ensuring you are always Good to Go!

The cost of burying your head in the sand and assuming that your forklift is ok can be extremely high. Thinking reactively and failing to properly plan and schedule work undoubtedly leads to equipment failures which, on average, costs 3 to 5 times more than preventative maintenance.

When maintenance is planned, these costs can be reduced: Equipment can be shut down to coincide with production downtime; Prior to the shutdown, any required parts, supplies and personnel can be gathered to minimise the time taken for a repair. These measures decrease the total cost of the maintenance.

To improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and help you comply with regulations CLICK HERE


Spot potential problems early so you can deal with them before they develop into a costly or fatal accident.
13 Nov 2017

10% discount in support of Tower Safety Week



**Over the past five years, 28% of fatal injury accidents were due to workers falling from height**

Tower Safety Week was established by PASMA to contribute towards the reduction of falls from heights by promoting the use of towers as a safe way to access height when trained and skilled to do so. Good to Go Safety support PASMA's efforts to work towards a safer workplace. We are continually trying to promote workplace best practice by creating innovative ways to highlight the dangers workers face on a daily basis.



To find out how to get involved in this International Tower Safety Week campaign and access vital safety information on towers simply click here. You can also get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #TowerSafetyWeek

Did you know that we offer a Scaffold Tower Safety Poster? Our Scaffold Tower Safety Poster has been designed to visually reinforce the importance of completing pre-use inspections on Scaffold Towers making it the perfect accessory to our Scaffold Tower Inspection Checklist.



Our Scaffold Tower inspection checklists provide essential safety checks for operatives prior to using a scaffolding tower, improving worker safety and avoiding costly accidents. It provides compliance with WAHR, PASMA & HSE legislation and best practice. The Good to Go Safety Status Tag has been designed to sit flush to the cylindrical scaffold tube, attached at the tower's point of entry using cable ties, reducing the risk of snagging and maximising visibility. Scaffold Towers should meet the specification of BS EN 1004:2004 and the checks found in our books can help to identify any non-conforming or poorly maintained scaffold towers



In support of PASMA's efforts to work towards a safer workplace Good to Go Safety are offering a 10% discount on all of our Scaffold Tower Products. Simply place your order online between the 12th and 17th November 2017 and the discount will be automatically applied at the checkout.

To take advantage of our Scaffold Tower discount or find out how our products can help to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and help you comply with regulations CLICK HERE


Spot potential problems early so you can deal with them before they develop into a costly or fatal accident.
8 Nov 2017

Seeing someone driving whilst squeezing water over their windscreen isn't thought of as vehicle failure, however...



Driving is risky enough without adding adverse weather or vehicle failure

With around 220 serious injuries and 20 deaths reported every week involving people at work on the road in the UK, the need to ensure vehicles are in good condition shouldn't be ignored. Pre-use safety inspections can't eliminate the threat of human error but are a vital part of any fleet management system.

As we enter the winter months, it seems almost inevitable that we will see someone driving one handed with their head out of the window trying to squeeze a bottle of water over their filthy windscreen. Scenarios like above are rarely thought of as vehicle failure, however vision being obscured due to lack of screen wash or faulty wipers can play a major role in an accident. Suddenly even the safest driver can be in a life-or-death situation.

In addition to devastating human loss, car crashes present a significant cost in lost wages, productivity, medical & administrative expenses and property damage.

Recent changes in legislation mean that employers failing to carry out their duty of care could lead to criminal prosecutions against them under the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2008 if an employee dies in a work-related road-traffic accident.

Given what’s on the line, asking employees to conduct pre-use checks before using vehicles for work is a smart and responsible policy to enforce. With our easy-to-use walk-through checklist it only takes a short time to ensure that a vehicle is safe to operate. Not only will it provide protection for the company and driver, but it also reinforces a strong safety awareness message at management level.

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


Spot potential problems early so you can deal with them before they develop into a costly or fatal accident.
12 Oct 2017

Customer Quote


A perfect example of a visual system, the green or red slips are easily noticeable and enables the operators to quickly see if the machine is Good To Go. The whole factory works on a traffic lights system, so the GTG package compliments this.

The Checklist in the GTG booklet is easy to understand and can be filled in and checked in minutes. The box that the booklets come in is also an excellent way to store the old books. Before we implemented the GTG system, we had an old folder that was covered in residue with all the daily sheets in. Some days the equipment wasn’t even checked.

Now we have the GTG system in place, it’s guaranteed that the checks are carried out by the operators.

The aim of our products is to help companies improve workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. Receiving testimonials and accolades like these confirms that we are indeed making a difference and being successful in our quest to create a safer workplace.

Good to Go Safety offers a simple, effective and affordable solution to forklift 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 please follow the link above to watch our short video or alternatively visit our website Good to Go Safety
25 Sep 2017

What is a "competent person" and how to find one?



Since we developed our tagging and checklist systems, perhaps the most frequently question we are asked is "Who can carry out the inspections?" to which are most frequent answer is "A competent person".

It is a phrase often seen in legislation & guidance and the HSE does give a definition of exactly what they consider a competent person 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 misconception 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 me 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 or nuclear submarine - this training should include providing them with the knowledge of what they need to check 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 person with the tools to carry out these inspections, to monitor and record their findings is where Good to Go Safety can help. Our checklists will cover the main pre-use checks and act as a failsafe to ensure they are inspected - the tag provides a clear visual reminder and allows the findings 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.
31 May 2017

1,500,000th Checklist Sold



Another milestone reached at Good to Go Safety

The success stories keep on coming this year at Good to Go Safety as we reach another new milestone following the sale of our 1.5millionth checklist.

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.

The aim of our products is to help companies improve workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. Reaching so many people and achieving milestones like this confirms that we are indeed making a difference and being successful in our quest to create a safer workplace.

The positive feedback we receive from you, our customers, further emphasises the growing appreciation for Good to Go Safety and inspires us to continue developing new checklist systems to meet the needs of our customers, so feel free to let us know if you have a specific requirement for equipment we don't currently offer.

If you have any success stories or examples of where Good to Go Safety has made a difference 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 or Facebook to be amongst the first to hear of any new product developments, special offers or news stories from Good to Go Safety.

27 Apr 2017

Late night scaffolding madness



A late night video shows a man climbing scaffolding around the Guildhall in Newport’s High Street in an Isle of Wight’s county town. The incident has led to safety warnings.

Incredibly, It shows the man use the scaffold to make his way to the top. The video was taken by an Island man around 3.30am on Sunday morning (23 April) causing speculation that the climber had consumed alcohol.

The historic Guildhall is undergoing essential repairs to the lightening conductor and clock dials. Structural safety checks of the tower and general maintenance of the roof is taking place as well. There is no fixed ladder access to the scaffolding.

Howard Watts, local senior officer for Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue, said:
“This footage is extremely distressing. The individuals involved have given very little regard to their own safety and that of others and could have caused themselves serious injury. I would hope that people will not be so foolish in future as to attempt such senseless stunts, because ultimately, falling from such height could cause death or serious and life-changing injuries.”

It is expected that the scaffold will be removed by mid-May.

The NHS and police ran an advert several years ago, warning of the potential dangers of climbing scaffolding while under the influence of alcohol.

Good to Go Safety products can’t stop unauthorised people from scaling scaffolding but when used as part of your daily scaffold inspection it may help spot signs of damage or alterations caused by any drunken tomfoolery - Available to purchase online now!

Most importantly however, please remember that scaffolding is not a grown-ups climbing frame, and alcohol does not make you immune from the dangers encountered at height. Scaffolders are highly skilled and trained individuals and know how to work safely on scaffolding, this particular individual clearly does not and he was lucky to walk away from this without serious injury or loss of life!

Original story available here

5 Apr 2017

Lucky Construction Worker saved by...



Onlookers watched heart-stopping moment a construction worker plunged from a 8-metre high wall after scaffolding collapsed.

Incredibly, the man was saved from serious injury after being caught with bare hands by a martial arts coach who used to work as a stunt double for Jet Li.

The worker was setting up a billboard on the second floor of the building when the scaffold suddenly fell.

Thankfully, he was quick enough to grab onto the wall while steel bars and cement lay in a mess below him.

Gu Zhiying the owner of a nearby coffee shop, hurried to fetch sofa cushions and mattresses and placed them onto the ground below the worker, only known as Wang.

Her husband Wu Qiang, the martial arts coach, reached out and managed to catch Wang before he plunged to the ground.

Wang, who is aged in his fifties, hurt his back and arm in the fall but escaped serious injury.

Scaffolding should be inspected before using it for the first time and every 7 days thereafter

Defective equipment can significantly increase the potential for accidents in the workplace so providing training and guidance is key to ensuring that employees are competent in the use of, and inspection of, workplace equipment. Preventative maintenance not only improves safety but can seriously reduce maintenance costs by spotting faults early, before they develop into something more serious.

Good to Go Safety products are the perfect addition to your workplace management system - Available to purchase online now!

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