Scaffolding Company Fined Following ‘Devastating’ Forklift Crush Accident

A scaffolding company has been fined after a worker was crushed by a forklift truck, sustaining lifelong injuries. The employee was working for Whiterose Scaffolding (Leeds) Ltd, operating a lift truck in the yard when the truck overturned, trapping him underneath. As a result of the incident the worker sustained serious life changing internal injuries and since the accident, is now living with chronic pain and severe mobility issues. An investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after the incident showed that the company had failed to provide operator training to employees who were required to use
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Taking Learners on the Motorway – What you need to know

From Monday 4 June 2018, learner drivers are able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales. This will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. How the change will work Learner drivers will need to be: accompanied by an approved driving instructor driving a car fitted with dual controls Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the driving instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them. Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway. The
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RTITB Launch New ‘MEWP’ Operator Training Course

To increase safety and efficiency when working at height, our updated Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) training course will ensure operators have the necessary skills and knowledge. The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) categorises MEWPs – sometimes referred to as cherry pickers or access platforms – into four main groups: 1a, 1b, 3a and 3b, these classify the different capabilities of the machines. The operating environment can significantly vary as well as the machines differing in weight, height, dimension and capacity. The MEWP course has been developed to cover a wide range of vehicle mounted, scissor, telescopic and
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Risks are increased by unaccredited ‘in-house’ forklift training

We warn how risks are increased by unaccredited ‘in-house’ forklift training Opting for in-house training could unnecessarily increase the risk of a workplace incident. “Companies offering in-house training are taking a big risk and may be compromising safety and compliance,” warns Laura Nelson, our Managing Director. “Unfortunately, it can often seem like everything is OK until there is an incident.  Only then, when the details are being looked at in much more detail, do the issues and failings of in-house training become apparent.” Accredited training is externally verified and confirmed as meeting the requirement in PUWER Regulation 9* of ‘adequate
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10 weeks: How long it takes after passing our test to become a bad driver

In fact, according to research by the Accident Advice Helpline, it takes some of us only 10 weeks before we start flouting the law on a regular basis, transforming ourselves from model students into lousy drivers. Worse still, one in ten of motorists surveyed said that they started to forget the Highway Code within two weeks of consigning their L-plates to the bin, some even admitting to running red lights within that time. According to the survey, the top 10 biggest bad habits – and how long they take to be ‘adopted’ – are: 10. Overtaking dangerously: Four months & 24 days
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The Top 10 Forklift Training Myths

Here are 10 lift truck training myths for materials handling operations to be aware of: Myth1 : A forklift operator must hold a valid license Wrong! There is no such thing as a forklift truck license! However, what is a legal requirement, for compliance with Regulation 9 of PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations 1998) and Approved Code of Practice L117, is ensuring forklift operators have completed the required training, which is broken down into three stages – Basic Operator Training, Specific Job Training, and Familiarisation Training. On completion of training, a certificate is issued. This is not
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RTITB Managing Director – Laura Nelson speaking at the Talent in Logistics Conference

“There are a lot of myths about what materials handling training is legally required,” says Laura Nelson, boss of RTITB. “We see businesses that lack understanding of the relevant regulations failing to deliver a compliant level of training, and on the other hand see companies ‘overtraining’ staff or delivering the wrong training entirely. In all these scenarios, companies are not investing their time and money wisely.” At Laura’s thought-provoking Talent in Logistics conference session, an interactive quiz tested the knowledge of logistics and training managers and highlighted some of the most common misunderstandings that lead to under and overspending on
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Driver CPC Courses available thru WSM Training

As a Member of the Driver CPC 4U Training Consortium we can deliver courses made up either by combining two 3.5 hour modules from our wide range of Jaupt approved material or from our selection of stand-alone 7 hour modules, enabling us to deliver fresh and original courses to candidates. Visit our DRIVER CPC CALENDAR for details of upcoming courses 3.5-Hour Modular Courses Delivering the Goods (LGV Only)  Points of Call – High Streets, Ferries, Ports, Terminals, Rural Driving, Urban Driving, Care Homes, Schools and Hospitals – Route Planning, Customer Service Driver Welfare (LGV & PCV)  Driver Health, Alcohol & Drugs,
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TWO WORKERS INJURED BY SIDE LOADER LIFT TRUCK

A timber yard has been fined after two workers were seriously injured when they were struck by a side loader lift truck. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how, on 23 February 2015, two employees of Palmer Timber Ltd were walking across the yard at the site in Cradley Heath when they were hit by a side loader lift truck. One worker suffered a fractured ankle while his co-worker suffered multiple serious injuries including a fractured eye socket and collar bone, a severed thumb, damage to his tongue, broken bones in his forearm, a broken rib and further injuries which required skin
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