5 Jan 2015

Looking to make a New Year Resolution? - Stay safe in 2015



Every year approximately 2,000 accidents and 10 fatalities are reported as a result of forklift operation in the United Kingdom. That's around 40 major injuries each week!

It is estimated that each year 10% of all investigated accidents involving forklift trucks are caused primarily by lack of operator training. Ensure your operators are trained and know the importance of a pre-use visual inspection. Carry out a daily inspection of their forklift with Good to Go Safety and significantly reduce the risk of accidents and unnecessary maintenance costs.

Good to Go Safety offers a simple solution for forklift safety with a ad-hoc, daily or weekly forklift checklist to suit your needs. Completing a pre-use checklist as part of your FLT (Forklift Truck) safety maintenance programme ensures everyone is aware of the forklifts status at all times. This provides compliance with PUWER, LOLER, HSE & FLTA regulations and best practice. The status tag is visible at the point of use - we recommend positioning the status tag at either the entry point to the cab, or by the ignition box to help provide an immediate reminder to the operator before starting up the vehicle.

Employers have a duty of care to ensure all employees operating or working in the vicinity of forklifts are adequately informed of the potential hazards and the relevant safe work procedure is in operation. Such systems will include controls on use, defect reporting & recording and inspection & maintenance of forklift trucks and equipment. A Good to Go Safety checklist ticks all the boxes to ensure you are always Good to Go!


Inspections

UK legislation (Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulation 1992 and Work at Height Regulations 2005) requires PFPE to be kept in good repair and inspected at suitable intervals dependent on use and exposure to contamination.

Such an inspection regime should include: pre-use checks, detailed inspections (dependent on use but at least every six months in accordance with BS 8437:2005 + A1:2012 Code of practice for selection, use and maintenance of personal fall protection systems and equipment for use in the workplace and, where appropriate, interim inspections. Further information about harness and lanyard inspection can be found in HSE guidance INDG367 Inspecting fall arrest equipment made from webbing or rope.

Due to the flexibility of the Good to Go Safety checklists, they allow a competent person to specify the frequency of their checks – whether this be a daily/weekly/monthly check, a 7-day check or after alterations/periods of severe weather. Indeed some equipment may only come out of storage once in a blue moon, at which point a pre-use check can be carried out.

So whether it be a Forklift, Ladder, Scaffolding or a MEWP you can follow a step-by-step walk-around to check safety critical components before placing the completed checklist inside a tag on the equipment for everyone to see the findings and current status.

Each completed checklist is created in duplicate to ensure that findings are not only displayed on the equipment but that a record is retained as part of your Safe Equipment Management System (SEMS) which can prove invaluable in the event of an accident investigation. By having evidence of completed equipment checks, documented dates, signatures and findings it shows that you have taken appropriate steps to minimise the potential for equipment failure. More importantly, it might help save someone’s life in the process.

Visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk for your safe equipment management systems.

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