30 Sep 2016

Latest Analysis for Road Accidents in the UK 2015

The Department for Transport (DfT) has released the latest data analysis for road accidents and safety statistics in the UK for 2015. There is a great deal of information available, allowing you to drill down into the whys and the wherefores of these accidents and to identify trends and patterns when comparing to previous years. Perhaps the best starting point for an overview of all the data is via here, which gives a detailed summary of personal injury accident statistics on public roads in Great Britain for 2015 and contributory factors.

In summary, reported road casualties, compared with 2014, show:
• 3% decrease in road deaths to 1,730. This is the second lowest annual total on record. There were 45% fewer fatalities in 2015 than a decade earlier in 2006.
• 3% decrease in seriously injured to 22,144
• 4% decrease in casualties of all severities to 186,189
• Vehicle traffic levels increased by 1.6% in 2015

Analysis shows that the UK remains one of the safest countries in the world when it comes to road safety. The United Kingdom as a whole had 27.7 deaths per million inhabitants in 2015. The only European countries with a better rate than this in 2015 were Sweden (with 26.6), Malta (with 25.6), and Norway (with 22.6).

In order to drill down into the data, this link provides a list of all available tables, allowing you to find the data of most interest to yourself.

At Good to Go Safety we have developed tagging and checklist systems for cars, vans and trailers to encourage pre-drive visual checks of vehicles. Pre-drive inspections help to spot defects before they develop into something more serious and allow faults to be rectified before commencing a journey – this not only improves safety but can also reduce maintenance costs and ensure compliance with health and safety regulations and best-practice guidelines.

For this reason I’ve delved into the data focusing on contributory factors in reported accidents to find out what effect faulty vehicles can have on those statistics. We see that 2% of all fatalities (that’s 35 deaths) and accidents (1,830) can be attributed to vehicle defects; the vast majority of which would be easily spotted during a pre-drive walk-around inspection. Checking tyres, lights, mirrors etc are simple inspections that would quickly identify issues with little technical knowledge required. When you see the numbers and consider the impact on the families of those involved it is hard to ignore the importance of routine maintenance and servicing for vehicles.

The full table of contributory factors can be found here.

It is interesting to see the numbers attributed to trailers and a secondary table below further highlights the increased risk of an accident when towing. Perhaps surprisingly, most reported accidents involving towing occurred in the dry.

It is interesting that both the UK and Sweden have been consistently at the head of the road safety table for a number of years – perhaps this is one area where Sweden have taken a proactive lead over the UK. In Sweden trailers must be registered and pass a regular roadworthiness test. In 2010 they tested 236,876 light trailers (up to 3.5 tons). Only 62% passed the test. Of the 38% that failed, 24% had severe defects, the most common in the braking system. The UK does not currently include a similar testing process and as such self-regulation should be given serious consideration to ensure all trailers are safe to use and correctly loaded.

All in all, the statistics are reassuringly positive that despite the increased number of vehicles on the road, the number of fatalities and accidents continue to fall – we’ve just looked at a couple of factors, there are many more to consider and we’d ask you to do so and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below. With continued advancement in vehicle design, smart vehicles and eventually ‘driverless’ cars – it will be interesting to see what impact these innovations will have upon the accident statistics we see today – we guess only time will tell. In the meantime we will continue to offer our own small contribution to driving down these figures and encouraging drivers to carry out pre-drive checks of their vehicles and trailers. Find out more about our award winning inspections systems for trailers and fleet vehicles at www.goodtogosafety.co.uk
23 Sep 2016

The Revival of Famous Faces on Forklifts

Our “Climbing the Ladder to Fame” blog proved a popular addition last month so we’ve decided to follow up with a search for the rich and famous that were keen to show off their love of the trusty old forklift this month.

Our forklift tagging and checklist systems are a popular addition to any safety and/or maintenance programme – allowing daily checks to be carried out and reducing the risk of faults developing into major repairs or costly accidents. I wonder how many of these celebrities carried out a pre-use check before they jumped behind the wheel?"

If you come across any other famous faces on a forklift 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.

Let’s kick things off with a bit of glamour and style as we see pop divas, Kylie & Beyonce, and model, Christie Brinkley striking a pose alongside their favourite forklifts.

From there we move on to the sporting arena with F1’s Romain Grosjean and football’s DJ Campbell

Next up we see a rare photo of a smiling Gordon Ramsey who has clearly found his forklift in good working order

While Dr Who’s companion appears a little concerned – Amy Pond has clearly spotted one or two faults during her inspection and is keen to put the truck into quarantine whilst awaiting repair.

Even the stars of animation get in on the act with Trumpton’s Mr Bell the farmer helping out and a more recent Ryo Hazuki (of Shenmue games) looking good to go with his truck.

That’s it for now – don’t forget to send us a picture if you spot your favourite celebrity aboard a forklift - we'll add it to the blog and give you a shout out for your troubles. More importantly don’t forget to check your forklift before you use it – visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk for the best in forklift inspection systems. 

Thank you to our friends on Twitter; @mhwmagazine and  for sending us this latest famous face on a forklift. This time it's the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, behind the wheel.

Scaffolders received suspended prison sentences following death

Roger Stoddern, 47, was dismantling scaffolding on 24 June 2013, when he fell 7 metres to his death from a flat roof of a property. He was taken to a nearby Hospital but died three weeks later due to the severity of his injuries

Truro Crown Court heard how Mr Stoddern was stacking 3m roofing sheets on the flat roof of the property without any edge protection. The safety railing had been removed to allow access to the flat roof so the sheets could be stacked. The court also heard how one of the defendants replaced the safety rail following the incident to cover up the cause of the incident.

The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation, alongside Devon and Cornwall police found that Colin Marshall Scaffolding was not qualified to erect the scaffolding and there was evidence no personal protective equipment, such as harnesses, was used. The condition of the scaffolding also failed to meet current safety standards.

Colin Marshall, of St Austell, founder of the business pleaded guilty to Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was given a four-month prison sentence suspended for two-years. James Marshall, also of St Austell, Colin’s son and business partner was handed an eight-month sentence suspended for two-years. They were ordered to pay costs of £25,661.

HSE inspector said, “Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in Great Britain and businesses have to take the safety of their workers seriously. Colin Marshall and James Marshall are responsible for the death of Roger Stoddern. It was entirely preventable and should not have happened. The risks of working at height are known. Scaffolders must ensure they use the right protective equipment and have sufficient edge protection in place to prevent workers falling.”
16 Sep 2016

Our visit of IMHX 2016

Hello Everyone,

I don’t know if I’ve told you yet but Good to Go Safety are exhibiting at the IMHX 2016 show in Birmingham. Hah! like you don’t already know, right?

Well since you know we’re there (at stand 11P23 – In case you forgot) I thought I’d share my experience with everyone or should I say anyone who stumbles upon my ramblings.

My name is Sarah. I’m the Graphic Designer for Good to Go Safety. I manage all things visual which includes the website, motion graphics, social media, brochures – the list is truly endless.

I work hand in hand with Graham who is in charge of marketing and products. With years of experience in the industry Graham is incredibly knowledgeable in all things #safety. He is, along with Simon and Alan, at our IMHX stand all week. You should pop over and see them whilst you can.

As you can imagine I was incredibly excited and jumped at the opportunity to fly down to this years’ IMHX show to see our stand, printed brochures, posters and generally promote a product I truly believe in.

IMHX stands for International Material Handling Exhibition, so I knew there are huge names involved, however, I think I may have been a tad naïve (mostly due to being stuck in Good to Go Safety land) as I flew down Tuesday morning. As I walked around I was left completely and utterly stunned at some of the stands.

As I gazed around the exhibition snapping my camera I was in complete awe, not just at the stands but also at the products available in the industry, such as COMBiLift’s WR-Walkie Reach, Hormanns Safety Light Grille, Warehouse Partners RackNets, PARRS Handimoova plus so many more.

I was introduced to products that would make John and Sarah Connor run for their lives such as automated Packaging, Forklifts and Pallet Trucks, busy with a job, moving around completely on their own.

Half of me was amazed at how far a leap forward this is, however the other half of me was left incredibly scared of the consequences.

In the 1990’s an American called Howard Schneider invented the self-serve checkout. It took two decades for them to spread Worldwide. Yet most people like me avoid machines like these as they are quite frankly never faster and full of errors that ultimately have to be resolved by none other than a human being.

As much as self-serve checkouts are annoying, there is no real harm when the annoying automated voice tells you there is “An unexpected item in the bagging area” but having forklifts and other manual handling robots driving around automatically seems dare I say it… dangerous.

Two decades to perfect (I use the term loosely) the self serve checkout. Now automated robots are introduced in warehouses along side workers. I personally wouldn’t feel safe.

Good to Go Safety has introduced me to a world of safety failings, where people are killed on a daily basis due to workplace equipment. Each time I read a story about a person (a father, mother, uncle, daughter, son) dying due to equipment malfunction. It makes a tiny part of me angry, or should I say “frustrated”.

It was only in January when Gao Yaning was killed whilst his car was on “autopilot”. It is scenarios like these that make me very wary of the hidden dangers of automated machines.

Call me old fashioned (I am a bit of a 80’s geek) but I’d much prefer a human driving me around or for that matter a human driving around in my warehouse even if there was a safety barrier. With non-automated machines the only things you’ve got to worry about are found in inspection checklists.

The IMHX show truly opened my eyes to what's happening in the logistics trade and where Good to Go Safety need to be within that market.

Thank you to everyone that i met at the show for your kind words or encouragement. Myself and the Good to Go Safety team have all had an excellent time and we hope to see you all at the next show.
12 Sep 2016

IMHX Exclusive Discount

If you are responsible for the safety of your workforce then prioritising your visit to the NEC for this years IMHX show will reward you in so many ways.

Whether you are new to the logistics sector or have years of experience, IMHX 2016 is a must attend event. With 450+ of the industry’s leading names exhibiting at IMHX 2016 it is an unparalleled opportunity to see new products and services, meet new and existing suppliers and stay one step ahead of the competition

During the IMHX 2016 show, we are rewarding our visitors with an exclusive discount. Come to the IMHX show and network with over 20,000 professionals, see thousands of new products and services, learn about industry trends and free-to-attend seminars and obviously priority number one will be to visit stand 11P23 to grab yourself that exclusive discount code.
7 Sep 2016

IMHX Visitor top tips

Whether you are new to the logistics sector or have years of experience, IMHX 2016 is a must attend event. With 450+ of the industry’s leading names exhibiting at IMHX 2016 it is an unparalleled opportunity to see new products and services, meet new and existing suppliers and stay one step ahead of the competition

• Network with over 20,000 Logistics Professionals
• Engage with over 450 exhibitors
• See 1000's of new products and services
• Learn about industry trends at free-to-attend seminars
• Discover the unique logistics solutions
• Find out how to drive down costs from your distribution and supply chain networks

To make sure you get the very best from your visit, here are our top tips designed to make sure you do just that...

1) Plan your day: In addition to meeting hundreds of exhibiting companies, IMHX 2016 offers a range of engaging and interactive visitor attractions, including free-to-attend seminar programmes, demonstration zones and ‘meet the expert’ sessions so there will be plenty for you to see. Make sure you don't miss anything by looking in advance at the exhibitor list and seminar programme to decide what you want to see and when. Obviously priority number one will be to visit Stand 11P23 to check out what the Good to Go Safety guys have been up to!

2) Skip the queue: We are expecting this year's event to be very busy, with thousands of visitors set to be attending throughout the 4 days, so why not skip the queues and register online here.

3) Network, Network, Network: IMHX offers the perfect opportunity to network with the industry’s main players and an absolute must for all industry professionals interested in state-of-the art products and solutions for today’s businesses. It will be a unique opportunity to meet the right people and make new contacts. Bring plenty of business cards and don't be afraid to get some face to face time with colleagues, peers, and suppliers. We will be happy to give a demo and discuss the Good to Go Safety systems with you on stand 11P23 so don’t be shy – come and say hi!

4) Ask Questions: With hundreds of experts, trade associations and guest speakers all under one roof, it will be the perfect time to ask questions. Why not visit the Future Skills Workshop http://www.imhx.net/fstheatre a free-to-attend programme with presentations from young aspiring logisticians discussing exciting projects, strong career prospects and ideas on why young people should follow a logistics career path. You can be assured that the exhibitors will be happy to show you what their products can really do and how they can benefit you. On stand 11P23 we’ll show you how our products can help your company to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. Good to Go Safety will have examples of their latest range extensions and product developments so even if you don’t see what you are looking for then why not ask if we can develop a solution for your requirements?

5) Keep an open mind: Don't just look for the things you know about already. The entire industry will be attending and many companies will use IMHX as the launch pad for their latest products, services and money saving ideas. Take time to explore the stands and hear what people have to say, and we're confident that you'll leave with new ideas for your organisation. If you’re not in a position to make a decision on the day, take a brochure, ask for a sample or a follow up visit.

6) Bring a colleague: This year there is more things to see and do than ever before, so why not bring someone new to the show? They will leave better informed, proud of the industry they work in and with an extended little black book of contacts.

7) Follow things up: It is easy to leave the show with a bag full of brilliant ideas to improve your company when you return to the office but with so many ideas to consider it is easy to leave the bag in the boot of the car, never to see the light of day again. Finding a solution to your requirements is one thing, acting on them is another. We will be happy to arrange a follow up visit, phone call, trial run or simply take an order on the day when you visit us on Stand 11P23. Our guys are there to help.
5 Sep 2016

Overhead Crane Video

Our latest video highlights some of the potential risks involved when working with overhead cranes and includes a breakdown of associated accident statistics.

Good to Go Safety's aim is for their products to help companies improve workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. The development of new checklist systems is an integral part of this mission and we are pleased to announce that our Overhead Crane inspection checklist is now available to order click here.

Maintenance of workplace equipment is an important part of any safety regime and regular inspections can help towards meeting your legal responsibilities under PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) and LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) regulations.

If your company uses overhead cranes then now’s the time to introduce Good to Go Safety inspections to maintain a safer workplace.
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