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Redrow Homes fined £800k Following Reversing Incident
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Redrow Homes Limited and WPI Civil Engineering Limited have been fined following a vehicle reversing incident in 2013 which resulted in the death of a worker.

Redrow Homes Limited and WPI Civil Engineering Limited have been fined following a vehicle reversing incident in 2013 which resulted in the death of a worker.

On 8th August 2013, a scaffolder, Henry Jones, was walking across a Redrow Homes site in Knotty Ash, when he was hit by a reversing dumper truck, becoming crushed under the rear wheels of the vehicle. Mr. Jones was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident was witnessed by his son, who was also working on the site.

Following the incident, an investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Redrow Homes had failed to put any measures in place to keep pedestrians separate from moving vehicles on the site in question. Further investigation found that traffic management across the entire construction site was below par and was an underlying cause of the accident.

WPI Civil Engineering Limited were also found guilty of not providing a Banksman, or ensuring any employees on site had received Banksman training. The vehicle that struck Mr. Jones was discovered to be unsuitable to be on the site upon further inspection.

HSE Inspector, Jacqueline Western, said of the incident “This tragic incident was wholly avoidable. Having safety measures to protect pedestrian workers is a basic and well recognized principle of good construction management. Mr Jones’ death could easily have been prevented if both the principal contractor and the sub-contractor had implemented safe systems of work and ensured that health and safety documentation was communicated and followed.”

She concluded “Tragically, on this occasion both Redrow Homes and WPI Civil Engineering failed to do this.”

Redrow Homes Limited pleaded guilty to Section 3(1) and Section 33(1) (c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and received a fine of £500,000, with further costs of £101,000. WPI Civil Engineering Limited also pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) and Section 33(1) (c) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, receiving a fine of £300,000, with further costs of £17,000.


Source: SHP Online, £800k in fines after death of scaffolder, 12th February 2018. Read the full article.

Drivers Hours Fines to Take Effect from 5th March
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The DVSA has announced it will begin to issue on-the-spot fines for commercial LGV, bus and coach drivers who are in breach of the drivers’ hours rules from 5th March 2018.

The DVSA has announced it will begin to issue on-the-spot fines for commercial LGV, bus and coach drivers who are in breach of the drivers’ hours rules from 5th March 2018.

This new law will mean that DVSA examiners will be permitted to issue fines, on the spot, to any drivers who have committed an offence within the last 28 days. At present, DVSA can only issue fines for offences committed on that day, or if they are being investigated for an on-going offence, for example, manipulating tachograph records. On-the-spot fines are expected to total as high as £1,500.

The new rules will also apply to drivers who are not residents of the UK, who will be required to pay the fines immediately, or risk having their vehicle immobilized.  

DVSA Chief Executive, Gareth Llewellyn, commented “DVSA’s priority is to protect you from unsafe drivers and vehicles, there’s no excuse for driving while tired. The results of falling asleep at the wheel can be devastating. Any driver or operator breaking these rules is putting other road users at risk.”

Llewellyn continued, “These tougher penalties will help us to take stronger action against any drivers or operators who break the law, helping keep the public safe on Britain’s roads.”


Source: Logistics Manager, On-the-spot fines for drivers hours offences, 5th February 2018. Read the full article.

A Sweet Treat from RTITB – Announcing the Launch of the Reach Safety Video
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RTITB is excited to announce the launch of their newest product from the Assist store, the Reach Truck Safety Video.

RTITB is excited to announce the launch of their newest product from the Assist store, the Reach Truck Safety Video.

This is a handy USB, containing 32 short, sharp video clips to help enhance your Reach operator training, with each clip showing vital aspects of the training, boosted with on-screen tips. Mix and match the videos to suit the objectives of your delegates and training session.

As an early Valentine’s present, the new Reach Truck Safety Video is available for a special pre-order price of just £85+VAT until Wednesday 24th February*, saving you a massive £53! What’s more, all orders received before Valentine’s Day will receive a sweet gift from RTITB. Order your copy now to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

See a glimpse of the Safety Video now…


 

*Orders received after midnight on 24th February will be charged at the full product price of £138+VAT.

Your Training Made Paperless! Introducing MyRTITB TrainingFriend
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RTITB is excited to announce the launch of the MyRTITB TrainingFriend PRO app, the first training application for Android tablets to be released from an accrediting body.

RTITB is excited to announce the launch of the MyRTITB TrainingFriend PRO app, the first training application for Android tablets to be released from an accrediting body.

We’re looking to change the future of materials handling equipment training and assessment with an app which will make training completely paperless for RTITB training organisations and employers. Designed to work on 7” tablets, with the capacity to work both on and offline, Instructors will benefit from Instructor to candidate tablet communication which ensure compliance, speed and efficiency whilst delivering quality RTITB training.

No longer will accredited organisations need to print test papers, records of training, registration forms or any other form of paper documentation as everything is captured and stored through the app.

“In working closely with training providers, it became very clear to us that a complete paperless solution for training and assessment, and the associated administration, could be hugely beneficial,” comments Laura Nelson, RTITB Managing Director. “MyRTITB TrainingFriend PRO has been developed specifically to support businesses and instructors, helping them save time and money, ensure compliance and increase accuracy.”

In addition to offering a paperless solution, the app boasts time-saving features to support the demands of businesses and instructors. No longer will there be a need to create assessment papers ahead of a course and during training, the app can automatically score multiple choice questions and seamlessly calculate practical test score and results.

Errors needn’t be a problem now as pre-populated data removes the need to manually retype data, eradicating typos and other issues which may affect the processing of your courses, improving accuracy of your data. With a simple tap of the tablet, send the information electronically onto the NORS extranet. This promises  to save businesses money as the need to re-do paperwork is eradicated and the costs associated with paying a member of staff to complete the data entry and administration are dramatically cut.

In addition to the cost and time savings, the app will ensure that all accredited organisations remain compliant as all required fields for documentation and data are included, including candidate details, course details, health declarations, GDPR data consent and candidate signatures. Course evidence, including candidate photographs can also be captured using the built-in camera on the tablet. Preparation for audits is also made easy with all data accessible through the app.

The MyRTITB TrainingFriend PRO app is exclusive to RTITB accredited organisations only and available to purchase from the Google Play store now. Interested in learning more about the MyRTITB TrainingFriend PRO app? Visit our information page or to learn how you can become RTITB accredited, call our Solutions & Service team on +44(0)1952 520207.

Construction Company Fined £40k Following Unsafe Crane Lifting Operation
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A construction company has been fined £40,000 after a worker was injured by falling scaffolding poles as a result of an unsafe lifting operation.

A construction company has been fined £40,000 after a worker was injured by falling scaffolding poles as a result of an unsafe lifting operation.

On 9th December 2015, a pack of scaffolding tubes was being lifted, utilising a crane, on the site for BAM Construction. The poles were being lifted onto a platform which was two stories above the gantry. As a result of how the poles has been positioned, the crane operator was unable to clearly see the load, so was being assisted by a slinger-signaller who was stationed on the platform.

As the crane moved, the load made contact with the side of the platform, tipping the load. The scaffolding tubes fell onto the gantry, injuring a worker who was working there.

HSE Inspector, Stephron Baker Holmes, commented on the case “Construction companies should think carefully about how best to prevent loads being lifted over people who may be working in areas nearby. In some cases it may be possible to restrict access to a particular area while lifting operations are being carried out above.”

Since the investigation, BAM Construction has improved its current safety measures in order to control access to nearby areas during the completion of lifting tasks.

BAM Construction pleaded guilty to breaching Section 8(1) of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. They received a fine of £40,000, with further costs of £8,700.

 

Source: Health and Safety at Work, Spilled scaffolding poles cost BAM Construction £40,000, 5th February 2018. Read the full article.

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