14 Nov 2016

Scaffold Tower Safety Week

Falls from height remains one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities around the globe.

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 and creating innovative ways to highlight the dangers workers face on a daily basis.

It is with great pleasure that we can now offer our customers our new A2 Scaffold Tower Safety Poster which has been designed to reinforce the importance of completing pre-use inspections and is the perfect accessory to our Good to Go Safety inspection systems.

To receive your 10% discount simply place your order online between the 14th and 18th November 2016 and the discount will be automatically applied at the checkout.

Find out how to get involved in this international Tower Safety Week campaign, access vital safety information on towers and keep up to date on what’s happening - click here. You can also get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #TowerSafetyWeek

In the United Kingdom alone, 26% of accidents reported in 2016 happened as a result of falling from height.

Worker seriously injured in Mobile Platform Fall

A Buckinghamshire waste equipment maintenance firm has been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) overturned.

Geoffrey Hatton, 49, from County Durham, was in the process of dismantling a compactor at a site in Wilmslow, Cheshire when the incident occurred on the 19th January 2015.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that Mr Hatton, who was in the MEWP, and a colleague, were taking large pieces of cladding off the frame of a compactor. A large piece of the cladding came into contact with the MEWP and caused it to fall over. Mr Hatton fractured his skull and two ribs in the incident and spent two months in hospital.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found serious safety failings by Cole Mechanical Services Ltd. The MEWP was being used outside when it was only suitable for internal work, the firm’s employees were not trained in how to use MEWPS or how to safely erect tower scaffolding, and no risk assessment had been conducted for the work being carried out. In addition, at the time of the incident another worker was working on a fragile roof with no protection to prevent falls.

Cole Mechanical Services Ltd of Ashbridge Road, Chesham, Buckinghamshire pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1)of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8995.00

As you've read today, accidents involving MEWPs have serious cost and programme implications for the site involved.

A Good To Go Safety MEWP Inspection Checklist can be used on multiple applications, including cherry pickers, telescopic booms and scissor lifts – offering one simple solution.

Helps compliance with PUWER, LOLER, WAHR, CDM, IPAF & HSE legislation and best practice. The highly visible tag can be positioned by the point of entry to remind operatives to carry out the MEWP pre-use checks and to advise of the findings. The checklist is used to carry out essential visual checks of the MEWP to help highlight any potential issues and to identify when it is good to go. This essential checklist can be used in conjunction with the MEWP manufacturer’s manual.

IPAF recommends the MEWP should be inspected both before and after use to ensure it is safe, complete, working properly and clean. The guidelines and checklist supplied by Good to Go Safety are a perfect supplement to the instructions and training already given to operatives. If a safety problem is identified, or any uncertainties are raised with the MEWP checklist, the status display should be immediately updated to “DO NOT USE” whilst advice is sought from the site manager, supervisor or safety officer.

For further information on working at height please go to: http://www.hse.gov.uk/construction/safetytopics/workingatheight.htm
4 Nov 2016

Winter is coming, stay safe and make it to Christmas

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 can't be ignored.

Driving is a risky enough working activity without adding adverse driving conditions, vehicle failure or using a mobile phone whilst driving. 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 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.

Spot potential problems early so you can deal with them before they develop into a costly or fatal accident.
3 Nov 2016

Health & Safety at Work Statistics UK 2016

Summary statistics for Great Britain 2016

The Health and Safety Executive have released the latest statistics for Great Britain's Health and Safety at Work. The document which can be found by clicking here details key facts relating to Ill Health, Injuries, Costs to Britain, Industries, European Comparisons and more.

Below you can see Good to Go Safety's information graphic based on some of the key facts found inside the HSE document.


An estimated 621,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work according to self-reports. (Labour Force Survey - LFS). Of these injuries:
200,000 led to over 3 days absence from work; of which 152,000 led to over 7 days absence.

Being injured handling, lifting or carrying (20%), slipping or tripping (19%), and being hit by a moving object (10%) were the main kind of non-fatal accident accounting for around half of all non-fatal injuries.

Even though Health and Safety is more prevalent than ever, Riddor (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) still reported a total of 144 fatal injuries to workers in 2015/2016. 26% of which where due to Falls from Height

A fall from height remains the biggest cause of death in the workplace. On average 40 people die and 4000 suffer major injuries every year. That's a staggering 330 injuries reported each month.

Good to Go Safety provides essential safety checks for operatives prior to working at height, whether they're working on a fragile roof, Scaffolding, Ladders, MEWP, Tower, Work Platform or with Harnesses, Good to Go Safety can help to improve safety and avoid costly accidents by spotting potential faults early.

Good to Go Safety Inspection Checklists helps compliance with WAHR, LOLER, PUWER & HSE legislation and best practices. Attaching a status tag to the workplace equipment ensures maximum visibility and reminds employees of the need to complete pre-use checks, and displaying the findings for all to see. Checklists are available for a wide range of workplace equipment which can help to identify any non-conforming or poorly maintained equipment; spotting faults early as part of a preventative maintenance regime can help reduce maintenance costs in addition to preventing accidents.

The results of an inspection should be recorded and displayed. Carbon copies are retained in the check book for management records and provide invaluable evidence should an accident occur, whilst the completed checklist is displayed inside the tag to show the date and findings of the latest inspection.
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