22 Dec 2009

Have a safe Christmas

Just a few days to go now until Christmas so I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a merry christmas. The roads are treachorous out there so please be careful if you have to drive over the christmas period. Take time to check your tyres, lights and screen wash before any journeys.

You can find some handy advice throught the following links if you are unsure of what checks you should carry out, as well as useful advice on winter driving.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/roads/
http://www.rospa.com/drivertraining/winter/

Have a great christmas and come back again in 2010 for more news and updates from Good to Go Safety.
24 Nov 2009

Scaffold collapse - the consequences

Two construction firms involved in a major scaffolding collapse at Milton Keynes have been ordered to pay £126,000 for their role in the incident which left one man dead and two others seriously injured.

John Robinson, and his son Mark, were working on the Jury's Inn site in Witan Gate, Milton Keynes on April 11 2006, alongside Ivan Penkov. All three men were on the 40-metre-high scaffolding when it collapsed.  

Site before scaffold collapse   

They fell to the ground and were trapped under rubble until rescue workers could reach them. Father of three, John Robinson, 49, was taken to hospital suffering from serious injuries to his left leg. Three days later he died from a pulmonary embolism, as a result of the damage to his leg.John's son Mark Robinson suffered a punctured lung, broken vertebra and ribs and significant cuts and bruising in the fall. He was unable to work for a period after the incident. 

Site after scaffold collapse 

Ivan Penkov suffered serious fractures to his legs and arms and spent a month in hospital recovering. He has undergone a number of operations and has had to re-train as a draftsman.
In Huntingdon Crown Court today, the principal contractor on the Jury's Inn site, McAleer & Rushe Limited of Cookstown, N.Ireland was fined £90,000 and ordered to pay costs of £42,000. The cladder on the site, Lee Smith Carpentry Limited of Romsey, Hampshire was fined £36,000 and ordered to pay costs of £28,000.

The court heard that a combination of failures led to the scaffolding collapse. The scaffolding was not strong or stable enough for the work being carried out. Inspection of the scaffold was also inadequate, despite specific instructions from HSE and McAleer's health and safety manager. 

HSE Principal Inspector Stephen Hartley said:
"John Robinson lost his life in this incident and two others have had their lives changed forever as a result. It's a wonder that more people weren't hurt.
"It is totally unacceptable for companies to disregard the safety of their workers. If the scaffolding had been designed, erected and managed properly, this incident would never have happened."
McAleer & Rushe Limited had earlier pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety At Work etc Act 1974. Lee Smith Carpentry Limited had admitted four breaches of health and safety regulations. 

John Robinson's widow, Christine Robinson, said: "John was a kind, caring man who lived for his family. My children and I have not come to terms with his death; we don't understand why it had to happen. This incident should never have happened if both companies had ensured the safety of those working for them. Every day I miss John so much - my best friend, my soul mate and my future."


Transcript Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2009/coie10009.htm (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence).



The lack of inspection was highlighted as a major contributory factor to this incident, the after effects of which are highlighted by the HSE above. Once again, an incident such as this could have been prevented through the appropriate safety procedures and subsequent pre-use checks. For information on the Good to Go Safety range of inspection systems please visit Good to Go Safety Scaffold Inspections


2 Nov 2009

Harness Inspections now available from Good to Go Safety

Harness Inspections

Falls from height remain the biggest cause of death in the workplace with an average of 45 fatalities and 3,750 major injuries every year in the UK. 

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR) places duties on employers and duty holders concerned with managing or carrying out work at height. In addition to the legal requirements for inspections in WAHR, BS EN 365:2004 and BS 8437 also contain general and specific information on periodic inspection of fall protection equipment.


The need for inspection:
There is a wide range of potentially harmful/damaging effects on a harness - ranging from general wear and tear (abrasion, dirt etc) to abuse and impact force from falls. A harness can be life-saving during a fall so the need to carry out regular equipment checks is critical. Most devices will carry a lifespan or obsolece date, as determined by the harness manufacturer and should be adhered to at all times.


A competent person should establish a regime for the inspection of equipment to include frequency, actions, recording, monitoring and training. There are varying levels of inspection: 

Pre-use checks; to be carried out every time before the harness is used - it should be a visual and tactile examination of the harness, carried out in good light. The entire harness should be checked and should normally take a few minutes to complete.

Detailed inspections; formal and comprehensive inspection before first use and at least every 6 months thereafter. If the harness is in frequent use this time span should be reduced accordingly.

Interim inspections; are similar to detailed inspections but may be required more frequently in cases with a high risk of equipment deterioration (eg. working with chemicals, paint, grit blasting etc).

If there is no evidence that an inspection has been carried out - in line with the regime - it should be withdrawn and passed to a competent person for a detailed inspection. It is also important for a procedure to be in place to quarantine defective harnesses and to ensure they can not go back into circulation.


Keeping suitable records:
Apart from your legal standpoint, good record keeping can help establish the age and conditions of use for your harnesses. WAHR stipulates the need for records to be kept of all completed inspections, a copy of which should be kept on site until work is completed and thereafter at an office for a further 3 months.








Good to Go Safety delivers on a number of levels. Each check book provides 25 individual pre-use inspection checklists, automatically producing a carbon copy which is retained in the book as part of the audit trail. Once satisfied the harness is safe for use, a Good to Go tag is clearly visible for all to see. Likewise if a fault is found a Do Not Use tag indicates the harness is in quarantine. A tamper evident seal ensures that these displays are accurate and up-to-date at all times.


For more information about the Good to Go Safety range of inspection systems please visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk or email us at enquiries@goodtogosafety.co.uk


23 Oct 2009

New product application coming soon

I'm pleased to announce that we will have a new inspection system available within the next week. The system will fit in well with the rest of our applications and provide you with all the usual benefits. Good to Go Safety allows you to tag your equipment and inform everyone of the inspection findings, whilst providing a duplicate record for your audit trail, there is also the option to attach a tamper evident seal to validate the tag's status display. To find out details of our new application please come back and visit next week for more information.
13 Oct 2009

Scaffold Safety

Scaffolding warning after Liverpool worker injured in fall

A safety warning has been issued to construction companies after a Liverpool worker was seriously injured in a fall from unstable scaffolding.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted John Doyle Construction Ltd following the incident at the Hilton Hotel construction site in July 2007, which is part of the Paradise Street development in Liverpool City Centre.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £13,244 at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Thursday 8 October.

The court heard that employees at John Doyle Construction, of Little Burrow in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, were moving a scaffolding tower on the site on 12 July 2007 when it overturned and fell down an embankment.

Employee Gerard Baccino was removing lifting chains from the top of the scaffolding, and fell approximately six metres to the ground when it toppled over.
Mr Baccino, a 49-year-old father of three, suffered back injuries in the fall and fractured his pelvis and chest. The incident has had a long-term psychological effect on him, and he has been unable to return to work.

The scaffolding following the collapseMark Cuff, HSE's Investigating Inspector, said:
"This incident was entirely avoidable and was caused by John Doyle Construction asking Mr Baccino to work at the top of a structure that was inherently unstable.
"The scaffolding tower was being used during the construction of concrete columns, used to support the building's floors. It was specifically designed to be lifted as a single unit, but the company decided to partially dismantle it and move it in two parts.

"John Doyle Construction should have considered the implications of not following the procedures for lifting the scaffolding. Its failure to do so resulted in one of its employees being seriously injured, and it was only by chance that there wasn't a fatality."

Mr Baccino had only been working for John Doyle Construction for a few days when the incident happened. He said:
"I started working for the company on the Monday and the incident happened four days later. We were moving the scaffolding tower to a new location on the site when one of the lifting chains got caught.

"I've been in a lot of pain since the incident, and will never be able to do manual work again. Construction companies have to start listening more to their workers and stop thinking that they know all the answers".

"I hope they will learn from what has happened to me and improve health and safety in the future."

Notes to Editors

  1. Regulation 8 (b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 states that: "Every employer shall ensure that, in the case of a working platform, be stable while being erected, used and dismantled..."
  2. More information on construction safety is available at www.hse.gov.uk/construction and HSE information and news releases can be accessed at www.hse.gov.uk.
  3.  
Transcript Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2009/coinw03309.htm (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence).

Good to Go Safety now supply inspection systems for Scaffold Towers - to find out more please visit the website at http://www.goodtogosafety.co.uk//scaffold.php to help prevent similar incidents in the workplace.
25 Sep 2009

Scissor Lift Safety Alert

Safety Alert - Liftlux Models SL260-25, SL245-25, SL210-25 and 205-25

Introduction

The purpose of this Information Bulletin is to alert employers and employees about recent structural failures of the main support structure (chassis) on Liftlux models SL260-25 and SL245-25 scissor lifts. This information is being provided in advance of the conclusion of HSE’s investigations so that the industry can take prompt action to prevent a recurrence. During the incidents cracks propagated across the entire width of the chasses causing the machines to collapse as shown in Figure 1.  Following these incidents a number of machines of the same models but different ages were withdrawn from service and visually inspected in the same area of the chassis.  On many of the machines cracks were found that could potentially have led to similar failures. No similar failures have yet been identified in Liftlux models 210-25 and 205-25, although because these models are of a similar design, they should also be subject to the action detailed below.

Background

The size of the cracks found on the machines appears to be proportional to the registered hours of use, i.e. the largest cracks were found on the machines with the highest recorded service hours.  This is indicative of a fatigue failure which occurs when cyclic stresses cause a small crack to propagate (grow) until it reaches a critical size. If undetected this could result in a structural failure of the chassis when the critical size (currently unknown) is reached.
Preliminary examinations suggest that the fatigue cracks might have initiated in an area where several features of the chassis have been welded together on the underside of the machine as shown in Figure 3 & 4.   Fatigue is then thought to have been induced by the constant cycling of the ram each time the platform is raised and lowered causing the crack to grow.  The cracks showed signs of growing into the horizontal area at the side of the machine (near the starting batteries) as shown in Figure 2.  In the later stages crack growth is believed to progress into the vertical section of chassis in the area shown in Figure 2.  It is also likely that cracking may be present on the opposite side of the machine but this position is hidden by the tank for the hydraulic fluid.

Action to be taken

If you have one of these machines and have not completed the inspection as required by the manufacturers’ bulletins released recently, you should immediately withdraw it from service so that it can be examined by a competent person.  The inspection procedure is detailed below:
During examination, extreme care must be taken to ensure that the examination is done safely without a risk to the examiner should the chassis collapse.  For example, additional props and supports should be placed under the machine chassis if the examiner needs to gain access beneath it.
  1. Park the machine on a firm, level, supporting surface free of overhead obstructions. Ensure the machine is shut down and the key removed.
  2. Locate and identify the chassis frame baseplate transverse weld as shown in Figure 3.
  3. Visually inspect for signs of weld or parent metal cracks along the entire length of the weld.
  4. Replace the key, and prepare the machine for operation in accordance with its Operation & Safety Manual. From the ground controls, elevate the platform approximately 2 metres, shut the machine down and inspect the area indicated in Figure 3 for signs of cracks on both sides of the Scissor Lift.
  5. Locate and identify the hydraulic compartment as shown in Figure1.
  6. Visually inspect for signs of weld or parent metal cracks, in particular in the area to the left of the starter batteries
  7. If any crack or other discrepancy is found, cease operation, remove the scissor lift from service and contact your Liftlux agent or competent person who should be able to advise you on the appropriate course of action to take.
  8. Should any further discrepancies be discovered during the accomplishment of this procedure, contact your Liftlux agent or competent person.
If no cracks are detected then employers should determine a suitable interval time for re- examination of these parts of the machine by a competent person between thorough examinations.

Relevant legal references

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 especially sections 2 and 3
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)
Regulation 9(3) of LOLER requires persons in control of lifting equipment to ensure that lifting equipment for lifting persons which is exposed to conditions causing deterioration which is liable to result in dangerous situations is thoroughly examined at least every six months or in accordance with an examination scheme and, if appropriate for the purpose, is inspected by a competent person at suitable intervals between thorough examinations.
Further information is available in “Safe use of Lifting Equipment” Approved Code of Practice and Guidance (L113).

General note

Please pass this information to anyone you think may need it.
Liftlux lift
Fig 1. Scissor lift after catastrophic failure of chassis.
Arrow shows hydraulic compartment
Liftlux hyraulic compartment
Fig 2. Hydraulics compartment showing area where catastrophic failure is evident.
Liftlux weld beneath body
Fig 3. Showing transverse weld beneath body. This is at access end of the machine near the ram.
Liftlux weld failure
Fig 4 Transverse weld beneath body showing weld failure.

Transcript Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/liftlux-scissor-lifts.htm (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence).




Good to Go Safety now supply inspection systems for MEWPs - to find out more please visit the website at http://www.goodtogosafety.co.uk/mewp.php to help prevent similar incidents in the workplace.
24 Sep 2009

Forklift Accident Statistics

North/South divide in fork lift accidents

New black-spot statistics reveal TWICE as many Northerners hospitalised or killed

   
Workers in the North of England and Scotland are twice as likely to be injured or killed in accidents involving fork lift trucks as counterparts south of the Watford Gap.
The startling findings, revealed in figures and maps released today by the Fork Lift Truck Association to mark its National Fork Lift Safety Week, are based upon HSE statistics between 2001 and 2008 and come in spite of roughly equal fork lift sales in the two areas.
Yorkshire and the West Midlands are a particular concern, accounting for the top seven danger-zones Association’s list of the UK’s the ten accident black-spots.
The South does not escape incident-free, however; Milton Keynes is eighth on the list with 150 serious accidents over the last seven years – almost one every fortnight – and is closely followed by both Northampton and Thurrock in Essex.
 
The 10 Worst Areas for Fork Lift Truck Accidents:

1. Birmingham, West Midlands
2. Wakefield, Yorkshire
3. Leeds, Yorkshire
4. Doncaster, Yorkshire
5. Sandwell, West Midlands
6. Bradford, Yorkshire
7. Walsall, West Midlands
8. Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
9. Northampton, Northamptonshire
10. Thurrock, Essex 
Click to see a large map
North/South divide in fork lift truck
accidents - click to see larger version


Men, older workers and lorry drivers at risk
Male workers were warned to learn from their female colleagues, as it was revealed that – even accounting for an uneven split in the industry’s employment figures – the rate of serious injuries among men was up to five times higher than for women.
There was also worrying news for workers over 45, announced as having the highest fatality rate, and HGV drivers waiting while their lorries are loaded and unloaded.

However, FLTA chief executive David Ellison was keen to emphasise that the Safety Week’s message is for everyone – including those who do not regularly work with fork lift trucks.
He said: “With over 400 hospitalisations a year, major fork lift truck accidents happen literally every day in the UK. Most are avoidable, and usually the victim is NOT the truck’s operator.
“These are major, life-shattering injuries like crushings and amputations. Last year, ten people were killed – and with fork lifts working on an estimated 100,000 UK sites, literally anyone could be at risk.
“Wherever you are, please remember to keep an eye open for fork lift trucks, and simply steer well clear. Don’t assume you’ve been seen by the operator, and make allowance for possible mistakes.  Quite simply, look out for each other.

Good to Go Safety are pleased to support this year's National Forklift Safety Week, visit the FLTA website for more information and free downloads.

11 Sep 2009

Firm Prosecuted for Scaffold Collapse

Warning to scaffolding companies after firm prosecuted for collapse

Scaffolding companies need to double check their structures are safe and secure, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has warned following the collapse of scaffolding at an industrial unit in Caerphilly.

The incident on the Western Industrial Estate resulted in a fine for the Cardiff-based scaffolding company responsible for the unsecured structure which collapsed in June 2006. Fortunately, no-one was injured in the incident, which occurred just 20 minutes before a change of shift at the factory.

Linmar Scaffolding Ltd, of Compass Road, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to breaching regulation 8 (b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 when it appeared at Abergavenny Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (8th Sept). The company was fined £1,800 and ordered to pay costs of £5,400.

HSE construction Inspector Dean Baker said: "Our investigation showed that this scaffolding was not properly secured to the building, which is a basic requirement for structures of this type. Scaffolding erection is the stock-in trade of this company but they failed to secure the scaffolding using appropriate ties.

"The scaffolding remained standing for 11 days after it was originally put up, so there was a significant risk of it collapsing while it was in use. Had it collapsed 20 minutes later than it actually did, it would have coincided with a change of shift and there could well have been casualties. CCTV footage shows people walking near the scaffolding just two minutes before the collapse, so it was lucky that no-one was actually hurt."

COI/W/473/09 8 September 2009
Transcript Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2009/coiw47309.htm (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence).




Once again, the importance for routine inspections is highlighted within this report. The Good to Go Safety inspection system for scaffolding is flexible to allow pre-use, pre-shift, daily or weekly inspections. Any one of which would have highlighted the faults in place at this site. Yet again this accident could have been avoided for a cost of around £0.30 for an inspection, rather than paying out costs of £7,200. The potential cost could have been much higher however if workers were actually using the structure at the time of its collapse.
4 Sep 2009

Ladder Exchange - Have you checked yours?

Following on from some of my recent posts about the current Ladder Exchange Initiative that is being hosted by the HSE until the end of this year, I was hoping to try and gauge how many people are actually taking advantage of this opportunity.

To recap, the idea is that any UK business can check their ladders, and if found to be damaged or faulty, they have the opportunity to exchange it for a new replacement ladder at a discounted price.

Personally, I think this is a fantastic campaign as it works on two levels: It encourages ladder inspections and it offers something back (up to 50% off a new set of ladders) to those that do.

Everyone loves a bargain, and tying it in with a strong health and safety message can only be a good thing for your business. So if you have carried out an inspection as a result of hearing about this campaign, or if you have swapped your old ladder for a new one as part of Ladder Exchange then please let me know and share your comments with other like-minded individuals.

Naturally we feel that by using Good to Go Safety inspection systems we can help to prevent the potentially fatal use of faulty ladders or alternative 'working at heights' equipment such as MEWPs (cherry pickers etc). To find out more about our ladder systems visit http://www.goodtogosafety.co.uk/ladder.php



Below you can find a transcript from an HSE Q&A session regarding the ladder exchange, or for more information about the Initiative visit the HSE website which has a section dedicated to this year's Ladder Exchange Initiative:

Q You’re involved in this campaign that the HSE is running at the moment about ladders and getting, is it getting free ladders, new ladders?

A It’s not getting free ladders but what we’re saying is if you’ve got a ladder which is broken or damaged or bent rather than using it and putting yourself at risk or your workers at risk you can actually take it in to one of our sort of partner companies and you can exchange it and what these companies have agreed to do is actually to give a discount against the value of the new ladder. In some areas they’re giving as much as 50% off so we’re just encouraging people to rather than keeping broken ladders or using them to take them in to one of the participating outlets and then swap them for a new one.

Q Have you done this before?

A We’ve run it for 2 years now and to date we’ve had over five and half thousand ladders have been exchanged so we’re really hoping to build on that. We’ve got more participating outlets, more companies on board with us this year. Because of the success we’ve had so far we’re actually going to run it as an annual initiative now so it’ll run every year.

Q Can I ask you, we’ve all got a kind of image in our mind haven’t we of people falling off ladders you know sort of comedy moments Norman Wisdom that kind of thing.

A Yeah.

Q But I mean how much of a problem are ladders at work? How much of a hazard are they really.

A Obviously they can be a hazard. We do find a lot of them lying around and for no particular reason sometimes. We ask about them, what do you use your ladders for and they just say oh they’ve been there for ages. We don’t, we don’t use them so we’re trying to encourage people to, to think a bit more about the jobs they use and not just grab a ladder when they think they need one.

Q You’re not just saying that ladders are supposed to be safe which is what you were saying. What you’re saying is actually try not to use them, try and think about the job that you’re doing. Well what would you use instead of a ladder, can you give me an example?

A Yeah there’s a number of things. Depending on the length/duration of the job if you’re going to do something, do something on a regular basis that involved work at height then investing in mobile tower scaffold that you can move around would be a good example. Larger companies go for things like MEWPs and cherry pickers and scissor lifts so that they can control the work at height more safely.

Q So if, you know if I was an employer and I wanted to take advantage of this project that you’re running what, what would I do?

A Well you can take your ladder or ladders along to any one of the participating outlets and basically you can exchange them for new ones and there’s all of these different discounts which vary by partner company. If you visit the HSE website we’ve actually got a ladder exchange webpage on there which details all of the companies involved and the different sorts of discounts that they’re offering as well. So you literally take your ladder along, the companies are recycling the dodgy ladders as well so you won’t get them back. They’re taken away and recycled and then you’ll walk away with a new ladder as well which means you’ll be able to use it to work at height safely.

Transcript Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/podcasts/2009/ladder-trans.htm (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence).
25 Aug 2009

Ladder Inspections - What to look for


Every time you use a ladder you should carry out a pre-use check beforehand to make sure that it is safe for use. A pre use inspection should be undertaken by the user;
  • at the beginning of the working day; and
  • after something has changed - eg. the ladder was dropped or moved from a dirty area to a clean area (check the condition of the ladder's feet).
The benefit of conducting daily pre-use checks is that they provide an opportunity to pick up any immediate/serious defects before they cause an accident.

1. Leaning ladders

  • Stiles need to be in good condition
    Do not use the ladder if they are bent or split - the ladder could collapse.
bent leaning ladder
  • Check the stiles
    Do not use the ladder if they are bent or damaged - the ladder could buckle or collapse.
bent stiles on a ladder
  • Check the feet
    Do not use the ladder if they are missing or worn or damaged - the ladder could slip.
damaged feet on a ladder


  • Check the rungs
    Do not use the ladder if they are bent, missing or loose - the ladder could become unstable.
missing rungs on a ladder


2. Step ladders pre-use checks - things to look for

  • Check the locking bars
    Do not use the ladder if they are bent or the fixings are worn or damaged - the ladder could collapse.
loose locking bars on a stepladder


  • Check the feet
    Do not use the ladder if they are missing or worn or damaged - the ladder could slip.
damaged feet on a stepladder

  • Check the stepladder platform
    Do not use the ladder if it is split or buckled - the ladder could become unstable or collapse.
split in the platform on a stepladder

  • Check the steps or treads
    Do not use the ladder if they are contaminated - they could be slippery.
  • Check the steps
    Do not use the ladder if the fixings are loose - they could collapse.
loose fixings on a stepladder

  • Check the stiles
    Do not use the ladder if they are bent or damaged - the ladder could buckle or collapse.
bent stiles on a stepladder 
 
Source:  http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/preusechecks.htm  (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence).
Good to Go Safety provides a step by step checklist, complete with guidelines, to help ensure that your ladders are always 'good to go' before being used. A copy of all pre-use inspections is kept for future reference as part of a maintenance programme or as evidence of correct procedures, in the event of an accident. The ladder insection system is simple to use and implement within the workplace and is designed with the worker in mind - it won't take long for employees to get used to carrying out regular inspections; raising their awareness of health and safety policies; empowering them as they become valued and trusted to carry out important safety procedures; improving morale as the company is seen to be taking care of employees. For more detailed information on ladder safety and our ladder inspection systems and ladder safety kits visit the Good to Go Safety website.
20 Aug 2009

Forklift Safety Week


Britain's second National Fork Lift Safety Week takes place between 21st to 27th September this month. This national awareness campaign was introduced due to unacceptably high accident tolls. British workers are killed or hospitalised by fork lift trucks at a rate of over one per day, with more people killed in the month of September than at any other time of the year.

Pedestrians & Operators: Look out for each other!

This year's campaign tagline is aimed as much at colleagues and visitors, as the fork lift truck operators themselves. As many as two thirds of those seriously injured in forklift accidents are pedestrians; warehouse workers, members of the public and delivery drivers.

"Look out for each other" advises:

Operators to take extra care when pedestrians are around. Pedestrians may not know your warehouse rules, and might assume they have right of way.

Pedestrians to be aware of fork lift trucks and not to assume the driver can see them. Pedestrains need educating that forklifts often have blind spots and they should make allowance for potential mistakes.



Product Focus: Forklift Inspections
Since the launch of Good to Go Safety amongst our most popular products have been our Forklift Intro Kits and Forklift Annual Kits.

Industry guidelines recommend that a forklift truck should undergo a daily inspection to ensure that it is 'good to go'. Our research tells us that often a checklist is kept on the truck, often under the seat, and all too often simply forgotten about until such time that an audit is due. The feedback we have received suggests that the checklists are then simply backdated and falsified to avoid recrimination.

Good to Go Safety has been designed to maximise visibility of inspections. Our patented status tag clearly informs drivers 'DO NOT USE' if an inspection has not been carried out.

Our checkbooks provide 25 individual checklists, each of which includes a carbon copy of a completed inspection for future reference. Each book also provides the operative with a list of guidelines as to what they should be looking for.

Once completed, the checklist is placed inside the status tag to clearly indicate that the forklift is 'GOOD TO GO' and clearly shows the date of validity. The system is particularly beneficial for multiple users of the same truck, providing a clear visual confirmation that the truck has been inspected (rather than assuming it has been).

The Forklift Intro Kit provides all you need for 50 inspections (a weekly inspection for an entire year). The Forklift Annual Kit provides 275 inspections (a daily inspection for an entire year, based on a 5-day working week).
12 Aug 2009

Ladder Exchange - Replace faulty ladders

HSE Shattered Lives:

Ladder Exchange Initiative 2009 is coming soon

This year the Ladder Exchange Initiative will run from 1 September until 31 December 2009. It is easy to get involved. If you need to use a ladder, make sure it's in good working order, safe to use and the right ladder for the job. Inspection is such a crucial component of using ladders safely. Check your ladder before you use it; if it's broken, damaged or bent then 'Ladder Exchange' is an opportunity to part exchange your old ladder for a new one and get a discount of up to 50%.

What is the Ladder Exchange Initiative?

The Ladder Exchange Initiative is simple; if you have a ladder which is bent, broken or battered you can part exchange it for a new one at any one of our partner outlets who are offering discounts on the sales of all ladders at very competitive rates. It also provides dutyholders with an opportunity to review pre-use checks, training, supervision and other arrangements for ladder work.

What the HSE has achieved with their partners so far

Over the last two years HSE has worked collaboratively with Local Authorities, and several partner outlets, to remove over 5,500 ‘dodgy’ ladders from the workplace.. As a result of these successes, Ladder Exchange will now be an annual initiative.

Why are the HSE making this an annual initiative?

During 2007/8p 58 workers died and 3623 suffered a serious injury as a result of a fall from height. Ladders remain the most common agent involved accounting for approximately a third of all reported falls from height incidents.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/ladderexchange.htm?ebul=slips/aug09&cr=2 (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence.)



This initiative from the HSE is an amazing opportunity for companies to replace their faulty ladders. It is also an ideal opportunity to consider the implementation of our ladder inspection systems. Once you have your shiny new ladder, the implementation of our innovative ladder inspection system will help ensure that your ladder remains in good condition. Visit the HSE website for more details on the scheme, or visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk/ladder.php for more information about our ladder inspection solutions.

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