29 Oct 2014

Modified Forklifts

Everyone loved a bit of "Pimp my Ride" so us at Good to Go Safety decided to "Pimp your Forklift"

Here are a just a few beasting forklifts that we’ve found for your amusement. If you have any others that you’d like us to add to the gallery then send them to us by email to social@goodtogosafety.co.uk or tweet us @goodtogosafety or post on our Facebook page.

We will add your photos to this blog and give you a shout out in appreciation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too.


Pimp your Forklift

The first Pimped up Forklift looks like its ready for a 2014 Rally vs a Ben Hur Chariot Race.

The second is loaded up with NOS. We fear it may truly be on flames at the end of its career.

Next we have...

Forklift Hotrods
The next two we have already shared with a few of you on Twitter.




The fact we have so many Pimped up Forklifts suggest they maybe aren’t the strangest thing to find, so here are two others that we’ve come across:
How about DIY Pimp your Scooter


And finally (for now), surely this wins the award for the largest alloy tyres ever!

And so it’s over to you – if you have any photos of Pimped up Working Equipment (keep them clean and in good taste please). Fire them over to us and we’ll add them to the blog.

In the meantime for all you forklift owners and drivers, don’t forget to check our website for everything you need to carry out your pre-use checks to ensure your truck is in good working condition.


Obviously this blog is a light hearted bit of fun but we would remind people that they really shouldn’t seek to alter/adapt/pimp up workplace equipment as it may affect the safety, warranty and/or operation. Besides, most of these add-ons and amendments won’t feature on our checklist systems.
28 Oct 2014

Quote

"The analysis for 2013 has identified that the highest fall of a operative from a scaffolding structure reported during the year was 5Metres"


Maintaining High Standards in Scaffolding - Safety Report 2014



22 Oct 2014

Climbing the ladder to fame

Following on from our recent “Strange things found on a forklift blog” (Click to view). I’ve decided this week to take a look at another of our popular pieces of workplace equipment in the form of a ladder.

This post isn’t concentrating on “freaky freight” this time, but looking for “famous finds” on a ladder. Bizarrely the ladder appears to have been a popular prop in the days of the silent movies – and their use in slapstick could be considered a gentle reminder to the public of the dangers of using a ladder and the risks of working at height.

Here are a few famous faces that we’ve spotted up a ladder over the years. If you have any others that you’d like us to add to the gallery then send them to us by email to social@goodtogosafety.co.uk or tweet us @goodtogosafety or post on our Facebook page.

Starting with a few of the stars of yesteryear:

Perhaps the most famous actor of the silent screen is the great Charlie Chaplin, while one of his famous co-stars Bebe Daniels can be seen looking glamorous with fingers crossed – perhaps this was the method of choice for ladder safety in those days (cross your fingers and hope for the best)?
Moving on to the talkies and we find a couple of big names in the form of Doris Day and good old Norman Wisdom who might be considered an early contender for The Ladder Associations “Idiots on Ladders” campaign. (Click here to see a collection of this year’s madcap entries).
Next we have a festive flurry, with both Rita Hayworth and Victoria Beckham throwing the rule book out the window when it comes to safety footwear. There’s every chance they could suffer a fall from height in those heels even if they weren’t half way up a stepladder.
Even Doctor Who wants to get in on the act in this Christmas promotional shot.
And to finish off we have Daniel Radcliffe and Craig Phillips demonstrating that even the rich and famous can get it right when it comes to ladder safety (although maybe Daniel should invest in more appropriate PPE).
So there we have it, a run down of some famous celebrities climbing the ladder to success – don’t forget to fire us a pic if you spot your favourite celebrity scaling a ladder and we'll add it to the blog and give you a shout out for your troubles. More importantly don’t forget to check your ladder before you use it – visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk for the best in ladder inspection systems. Our simple ladder tags and checklist systems may prevent you from doing a "Norman Wisdom" after all a real-life fall from height is no laughing matter!

Thank you to @AyrshireMedical for sending us this picture of the legendary Laurel & Hardy via Twitter:

21 Oct 2014

The Importance of Shift Handovers

All people are prone to making errors and this is more likely when they are tired, under time pressure, or exposed to distractions and interruptions (particularly when carrying out familiar tasks). The goal of a shift handover is the accurate, reliable communication of task-relevant information across shift changes, thereby ensuring continuity of safe and effective working.

The potential for errors can be dramatically reduced through good design of procedures and equipment.

Consider the situation when a person with sole responsibility for a task/equipment takes a break from work, then returns to the same task following their absence. If the task has not been progressed/equipment not used or altered by someone else, communication is not an issue.

Contrast this with work which is shared between more than one person or continues during an absence. Under such conditions, communication and coordination take on crucial importance.

Without effective handover measures the danger of assumption is high. Imagine the scenario where an equipment fault is noted by the operative as he nears the end of a long and tiring shift, he makes a note to himself to raise the concern when he hands over to the following shift worker. In their eagerness to get home he forgets to relay the information, resulting in the equipment failing and causing a costly accident. It is a scenario that is easy to imagine as fatigue sets in and highlights the importance of introducing effective communication during a shift change.

In dynamic industries, there is a disproportionate number of errors and accidents that occur after shift handover. Good communication is imperative and should combine face-to-face two-way discussions between the shift workers, along with written logs.

Good to Go Safety encourages pre-use checks of workplace equipment. The system is highly flexible to meet the demands of all industries. By introducing a visual check of equipment before the start of each shift, it eradicates the assumption that the equipment is safe and has been checked because it had been used by the previous shift worker. It places a responsibility on every employee to carry out checks and take some responsibility for their own safety. By carrying out checks whilst both the incoming and outgoing workers are ‘crossing over’ it further strengthens the opportunity to raise any issues or concerns that may have been noted.

Of course, on occasions when the face-to-face handover can’t occur then the visual checks put in place by the Good to Go Safety system should pick-up any underlying issues anyway.

There are a number of documents and case studies available to download from the HSE relating to shift handovers:

www.hse.gov.uk/humanfactors/topics/standards.pdf
www.hse.gov.uk/humanfactors/resources/case-studies/shift-handover.htm
www.hse.gov.uk/research/otopdf/1996/oto96003.pdf
www.hse.gov.uk/humanfactors/topics/common3.pdf
www.hse.gov.uk/comah/buncefield/buncefield-report.pdf

Communication figures high in every single one of them with specific emphasis given to providing written logs. For details on our equipment safety logs please visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk
17 Oct 2014

Thieves Steal £80,000 worth of Alcohol


A gang of thieves stole £80,000 of beer - using forklift trucks stolen from a neighbouring business.

Police say 60 pallets of alcohol were taken from Pol Beer, on Richardson Street, Heaviley, some time between Sunday (October 12) at 3pm and Monday at 8am.

Minutes earlier two forklifts had been stolen from Auto Floor, on nearby Charles Street, and then used to load the crates onto a large vehicle.

During the raid a further £2,000 worth of beer was damaged, as was a forklift truck that was left tipped on its side.

Police have appealed for witness and warned alcohol sellers to be on the lookout for the stolen beer.

Inspector Steve Palmer, from the Stockport east area neighbourhood police, said: "This was obviously a well planned, organised job and the forklift trucks were stolen to move the beer.

"We will speak to pubs and off-licenses to warn them to be on the lookout for people selling stolen beer."
14 Oct 2014

Forklift Freaky Freight - Strange things found on a forklift.

We spend much of our time educating and advising people of the importance of pre-use checks of their forklift trucks. As a result we have come across some pretty bizarre scenarios involving the trucks and the loads that they carry.

Below are some of our favourite shots of ‘peculiar’ items that have been spotted in transit and we are looking for more. If you have been asked to move something out of the ordinary why not take a snapshot and send it to us via one of our following outlets:

Facebook Tag us to your photo - goodtogosafety using the hashtag #GTGForklift

Twitter Tweet it to - @goodtogosafety using the hashtag #GTGForklift

Email Us with your Freaky Forklift Photo's

We will add your photos to this blog and give you a shout out in appreciation. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too.


Freaky Forklift Photos

The first of our dinosaur pics – a Titanotheres no less
courtesy of http://threadsandtraces.blogspot.co.uk/2010/07/titanotheres-part-i.html

There are a number of ‘dinosaurs' on forklifts
to view courtesy of http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/09/dinosaurs_arrive_at_the_most_for_dinomania_2014_video.html

but I think the following is my favourite of the many to view. Imagine if you bumped into this T-Rex as it moved around the corner!

The next two were sent to us via @PlantHire_HE on Twitter (although not one of their own). I like the fact the T-Rex has been blindfolded so as not to scare him during transit.


to view courtesy of http://woodlandparkzblog.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/first-of-dinos-arrive.html

The fact we have so many dinosaurs on forklifts suggest they maybe aren’t the strangest thing to find at the end of your forks so here are a few more that we’ve come across, ranging from the sublime (in the form one of the world’s greatest ever golfers) to the ridiculous (a knitted yellow telephone box):

This one is the centre section of a Horten 229 V3 Bat-Wing Ship

Read more at http://blog.nasm.si.edu/restoration/horten-h-ix-v3-bat-wing-ship-may-2014-update/



And finally (for now), surely this wins the award for the strangest thing to be found on a forklift? It’s not every day you see a knitted yellow BT telephone artbox on his way to Trafalgar Square is it?

Read more at http://www.whodunnknit.com/2012/06/18/monster-artbox-update-1

And so it’s over to you – if you have any photos of odd things you’ve lifted on your forklift (keep them clean and in good taste please). Fire them over to us and we’ll add them to the blog.

In the meantime for all you forklift owners and drivers, don’t forget to check our website for everything you need to carry out your pre-use checks to ensure your truck is in good working condition.
6 Oct 2014

Winter driving – How to stay on the Road



Good to Go Vehicle Checks

More than 90% of crashes on the road are due to human error such as; drivers taking risks, speeding, driving impaired by alcohol and drugs, talking on phones, reading or sending email and texts etc.

Shocking as these statistics are, it becomes a different matter when fatalities are caused due to vehicle negligence. The popularity of fleet vehicles and company cars is ever increasing on the road, and with employers bound by a legal duty to ensure the safety of their staff whilst at work, this incorporates their vehicles as a workplace.

With an estimated 220 serious injuries and 20 deaths reported every week involving people at work on the road in the UK, the need to ensure that vehicles are in good working order cannot be ignored.

Good to Go Safety believe that inspecting business vehicles should be a mandatory protocol to ensure that they are in safe condition before being driven. We believe that completing comprehensive pre-use checks could and would save lives.

Vehicle failures can play a major role in an accident: The brakes fail, a tyre blows out, vision is obscured due to lack of screen wash or faulty wipers - and suddenly even the safest driver can be in a life-or-death situation. 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.

Driving is risky enough (refer to the 90% in the opening paragraph) without having to worry about a vehicle failure. That’s why pre-use safety inspections are a vital part of any fleet management system.

The Good to Go Safety checklist encourages regular pre-drive safety checks to be carried out in line with best practice guidelines by ROSPA and the DfT (Department for Transport). It provides documented evidence that a fleet safety policy is in operation, and valuable evidence of the vehicle’s condition and maintenance programme in the event of an accident.

In addition to devastating human loss, car crashes present a significant cost in lost wages and productivity, medical & administrative expenses, employer costs 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 Good to Go Safety’s 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.

By spotting potential problems early you can deal with them before they develop into a costly accident.

For more information about the Good to Go Safety inspection systems you can visit their website at www.goodtogosafety.co.uk

An important addition to any company’s safety program!


Equipment inspection checklists can be an important addition to any company’s safety program - but not all checklists will offer the solution you are looking for. After all they are only useful if they are being used correctly by a competent person and there are several pitfalls that companies can fall into when carrying out their inspection regimes.

Many companies tend to create their own checklists or simply buy a generic checklist that covers a multitude of equipment types. The danger of going down this route is that the design, layout and running order of checks can be confusing and vary greatly, whilst the detail is often inadequate or incomplete – leading to inaccurate and potentially dangerous assumptions.

A good safe equipment management system will:

• Provide you with a comprehensive list of checks to be carried out, specific to the equipment being inspected. Guidance notes offer additional peace of mind to operatives that they are looking in the right areas for potential faults.

• Provide the ability to add notes or comments alongside each check, a useful option where a minor issue has been spotted that can be rectified at a later date without endangering the user or putting the equipment into unnecessary quarantine. Poorly designed checklists checklists simply offer a basic yes/no option.

• Have consistency of design – providing the same layout and style for all equipment types, allowing operatives to feel comfortable in carrying out their checks. The running order of the checklist should also be set in a logical order specific the equipment being inspected. An alphabetical checklist makes no sense and can delay the inspection, forcing them to walk round in circles or waste time trying to find the next check to be made.

• Offer flexibility to the user – allowing them to decide on th frequency of inspection, dependent upon the findings of their risk assessments.

• Allow you to display the findings along with the date of inspection or next due date of inspection. A checklist is of little use if the only person that knows the findings is the person that carried out the check. Management will want to know that the SEMS has been completed as they walk around the facilities. The ability to highlight and quarantine faulty equipment is also a feature that only the very best SEMS can offer.

• Eradicate back-dating checklists. A simple, generic checklist offers no visual indicator that has been carried out. We know that some checklist systems are left unused until the end of a month when it is due to be handed to management, at which time it is back filled in one go – making the system completely useless.

Without the right features, you can be smart and insist on inspection checklists being completed before equipment use—but still end up with poorly performed inspections.

Inspection checklists are about accountability. When used correctly they can reduce maintenance costs and equipment down-time, whilst improving worker safety. Consider the following scenarios, each of which illustrates the importance of checklists.


• An accident occurs due to faulty equipment, and investigators (and lawyers!) want to see proof that it was caused by operator error rather than equipment failure. They want to see evidence that the equipment was in good working order and had been properly maintained.

• Government inspectors arrive and are blown away when detailed inspection records for each piece of equipment are readily available thanks to a documented audit trail.

• An equipment operator goes through the checklist at the beginning of a shift and discovers a problem that wasn’t previously reported. The operator knows that management has procedures in place to ensure his safety and knows exactly what to do upon finding the fault.

• Some part of the equipment isn’t working right but gets ignored because the equipment is still operating. It gets worse and more costly to fix each time it’s used but no one is accountable for making sure that all of the equipment is working correctly. Eventually a major breakdown occurs at vastly inflated costs to getting a minor fault fixed early!

• The driver of a forklift accidentally collides with a racking bay but does not report it (a worryingly common scenario). The racking structure has buckled and weakened but is overlooked as it is not on the list of equipment checks, the scrape on the forklift has been noted during its daily check however. Several months later the racking collapses, causing a domino effect on other racking bays, demolishing stock, plant and equipment.

An inspection checklist, when used properly, is an assurance that a particular piece of equipment has been inspected. As each item on the checklist is ticked off, the person doing the inspection is verifying that each component of the equipment is in correct working order. It gives a sense of ownership to the person carrying out the checks that they have been entrusted to look after the equipment and that management are taking their safety seriously.

Good to Go Safety delivers on all levels, offering a simple, affordable and highly effective equipment tagging and checklist system. At the end of the day you need something that demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that you’re actually checking everything that needs to be checked in compliance with relevant legislation and industry best practice.

If management are seen to be taking equipment maintenance and employee safety seriously, it won’t take long for operatives to buy-in to this newfound philosophy too and before you know it your SEMS will become an integral addition to your organisation.
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