27 Jan 2017

Pallet Truck Inspection Checklist Poster

One worker is hospitalised every day in the UK due to an accident involving material handling equipment.

Injury is much more likely to occur to operators of a damaged or ineffective pallet truck and with more than a third of all workplace injuries (requiring more than three days off work) being caused by manual handling, now is the time to reinforce the importance of completing equipment inspections.

Defective equipment can significantly increase the potential for accidents in the workplace so providing training and guidance is key to ensuring that employees are competent in the use of, and inspection of, workplace equipment. Our latest A2 poster provides a visual reminder to employees, advising of what they should be looking out for during a pre-use inspection of their pallet truck. This safety poster mirrors the contents of the Pallet Truck Inspection Checklist to help provide a complete equipment management system. Preventative maintenance not only improves safety but can significantly reduce maintenance costs by spotting faults early, before they develop into something more serious.

This poster is perfect for displaying in both internal and external environments; our posters are printed on tough, durable, wipe-clean synthetic paper making them easy to roll up without tearing, creasing or delaminating. They can be easily positioned using pins, tape, or within poster frames.

The perfect addition to your warehouse management system - Available to purchase online now!
10 Jan 2017

HSA Report - Farm fatalities rise despite drop in workplace deaths

The number of farming workplace deaths remained high in 2016 despite a drop of over 20% in workplace fatal accidents across all sectors in Ireland for the year.

The number of deaths on farms increased with 21 reported in 2016 compared to 18 in 2015.

The majority of work-related deaths involved 25-65-year-old males. However, there were nine men aged over 65 killed in the agriculture sector.

The HSA has urged farmers to plan and carry out "quick safety checks" around machinery to help to reduce the number of fatalities on farms.

HSA Chief Executive Martin O'Halloran said of the 21 fatalities on farms, 12 related to tractors and machinery.

Mr O'Halloran said the "most fundamental thing" is for farmers to plan the day and spend ten seconds thinking about hazards, risks and controls. Taking time to assess the job and inspect the machinery will make a difference, he said.

To read the full article click here

Good to Go Safety provide safety checklists for both tractors and trailers, designed to encourage pre-drive checks and help improve farm safety. Click the relevant link for more information.

Plant manager jailed over fatal crane collapse in Glasgow

A manager at a plant hire firm has been jailed for two years over a MEWP collapse in Glasgow that tragically killed one worker and seriously injured another.

Donald Craig, 57, of Craig Services, was found guilty of health and safety breaches over the accident at Buchanan House, Port Dundas, on 20 June 2012.
Craig Services was fined £61,000 and another contractor was fined £30,000.
Gary Currie, 39, died and Alexander Nisbet, 38, sustained a head injury after their platform fell 28m (92ft).

Mr Currie, a safety net rigger, and Mr Nisbet, a self-employed operator contracted by Craig Services, were in the basket of the platform removing netting from the facade of the Buchanan House office block when the collapse happened.

Maintenance failures
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the third main boom section of the crane buckled, causing the platform's basket to fall to the ground.

Hamilton based Craig Services and Access Limited was fined after being found guilty of three charges relating to the collapse, including failures in relation to it maintenance.

Another firm, JM Access Solutions Ltd, was fined for its failure to carry out a thorough examination of the platform and its safety-critical parts.

This followed an earlier incident involving the platform in May 2011, after which Craig Services had instructed a repair to the damaged section of the main boom.

The repair was incorrectly carried out and JM Access Solutions Ltd were judged to have failed in their duty to carry out an adequate thorough examination of the platform.

Mr Craig was convicted of health and safety breaches on 9 December, following a 16-day trial at Airdrie Sheriff Court.

He has now been jailed for two years - the maximum penalty possible.

'Entirely preventable'
Speaking after sentencing, HSE principal inspector, Graeme McMinn, said: "The death of Gary Currie was entirely preventable. Craig Services and Access Ltd and Donald Craig were advised by the manufacturer to replace the damaged boom.

"Instead, they chose a much cheaper repair that left the boom in an unsafe condition.

"At the time of the accident, the mobile elevated working platform had a catalogue of defects, some of which were safety critical demonstrating that Craig Services and Access Ltd did not have an adequate proactive maintenance and reactive repair system in place within the company."

Gary Aitken, head of the Crown Office health and safety division, said the fatal accident could have been avoided had "Craig Services and Access Limited heeded advice and taken measures to maintain the platform in a safe condition".

He added: "At the centre of this all was the decision to instruct this repair.

"It was a decision that left Gary Currie and Alexander Nisbet exposed to an unacceptable risk and was essentially an accident waiting to happen.

"This incident has left family and friends devastated at the loss of a loved one."
1 Jan 2017

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Encouraging employees to complete pre-use checks of workplace equipment is both prudent and proactive.

Many think the only way to achieve increased efficiencies and safety is to invest in new premises or equipment but the cost to do so are often beyond reach. So if the money is not there to invest, what else can be done to improve the warehousing environment?

Keeping a warehouse running smoothly and fully operational means keeping equipment in good repair. Too often I read about an employee being injured following a forklift accident. I'm sure we've all seen YouTube videos of a racking collapse and the carnage it leaves behind. Likewise there are numerous HSE reports of musculoskeletal injuries resulting from poor lifting techniques - easily avoided by using a pallet truck instead of carrying heavy items.

PUWER (Provision & Use of Workplace Equipment Regulations) specifies the need for annual thorough examinations of forklifts, racking etc to ensure they are safe for use. My argument has always been that equipment may pass with flying colours but the very next day could be involved in a collision/incident that goes unreported. Without visual checks, such incidents have the potential to go unnoticed for the next 12 months (assuming that thorough examination periods are indeed followed) whilst the damage gradually worsens and the repair bill increases.

Visual and pre-use checks enable competent personnel to carry out in-house inspections to help identify potential issues before they develop into costly ones. However too often, systems are put into place and checklists provided, only to be left under the forklift seat or in a office desk. Everything seems to be running ok so why waste time doing checks? I often hear how a manager has issued checklists and assumed they are getting done, but in truth they are only completed and back-filled when they are due to be handed in at the end of the month.

Retaining records of inspections are also a useful audit trail in the event of an incident - providing any investigating officer with strong evidence that equipment checks are robust and accurate - reducing the likelihood of it being an equipment failure rather than human error.

We have a range of equipment tagging and checklist systems designed to cover all the bases. The tag is attached to equipment and displays a "Do Not Use" message until such time that an inspection is carried out. The checklist is then placed inside the tag to display the date and status of the findings to identify to everyone if the equipment is Good to Go. A duplicate copy is retained for management records.

The system is totally flexible to meet the needs of the company - allowing the frequency of inspection to be defined by your risk assessment - in a busy, high traffic warehouse the frequency of racking inspection may be higher than in a smaller pedestrianised warehouse. Whether it be daily, weekly, monthly or ad-hoc the system adapts to meet your requirements.

The perfect addition to your warehouse management system - Available to purchase online now!
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