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Three Firms Fined Following HGV Incident Death

Three companies have been fined more than £1.4 million after a security guard was struck by a HGV.

Three companies have been fined more than £1.4 million after a security guard was struck by a HGV.

On 9th September 2015, the security guard was working a container terminal at Immingham Docks. A HGV was driving through a gate when the security guard, Lyndon Perks, stepped in front of it. He was completely unseen, and was struck when the vehicle turned toward a warehouse. He was dragged underneath the vehicle and sustained multiple injuries, dying at the scene.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that Associated British Ports and DFDS Seaways PLC hadn’t completed an appropriate workplace transport risk assessment, and had neglected to plan against the risks posed by vehicles entering the site and making manoeuvres.

The security guard was posted at the gate, meant to stop traffic and check vehicles entering the site without authorisation – however, there was no system in place to prevent accidents and ensure employees were working safety. There was no signage to indicate to drivers that they were meant to stop at the entrance and report to security, contributing to the accident. ICTS (UK) Ltd didn’t provide suitable training, and the company hadn’t considered the risks of stopping traffic without adequate protection.

HSE inspector, Carol Downes, commented “There are more than 5,000 incidents involving transport in the workplace every year, and, like in this case, sadly, some of which are fatal. HSE found inadequate consultation between parties and no assessment of the risks to the segregation of vehicles and pedestrians. A properly implemented transport risk assessment should have identified sufficient measures to separate people and vehicles, and provide safe facilities.”

Associated British Ports pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £750,750, with further costs of £9781.52. DFDS Seaways PLC pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) and 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £166,670, with additional costs of £9766.02. ICTS (UK) Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £500,000, plus £9338.82 in costs.

Since the tragic accident, a platform has been built for guards, along with a new gate and security system, walkways, and traffic lights.

Source: HSM, Three firms fined following security guard’s death, 3rd December 2018. Read the full article.

RTITB Christmas Opening Times 2018

There are now just 2 weeks to go until Christmas! With this in mind, please see our Christmas opening times.

There are now just 2 weeks to go until Christmas! With this in mind, please see our Christmas opening times.

We would like to take the time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and say thank you to all of our customers, partners and supporters for their continued custom throughout 2018. We have had a fantastic and incredibly successful year as a company and we look forward to showing you what’s in store for RTITB in 2019 very soon!

We would like to let you know of our Christmas opening times during the Christmas break. The RTITB and RTITB Instructor Academy offices will close at 5pm on Friday 21st December 2018 and will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. Please note that the last date for our Assist shop orders will be 12pm Wednesday 19th December, for receipt on Thursday 20th December. Any orders received after this date will be processed when we reopen in the New Year.

If you have any NORS queries during the Christmas break, please send these, via email, to the NORS team and your query will be dealt with upon our return to the office. If you have any Master Driver queries, please send these to the Master Driver team via email.

If you have an urgent Master Driver CPC enquiry while our office is close, please call our out of office hour’s number 07841918552. Please leave your name, number and details of the issue and we will call you back.

We hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Christmas break and we wish you all the best for 2019!

Many thanks,

The RTITB team

Agency Workers at Risk Due to Lack of Lift Truck Training

Frequent workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities are being recorded as a result of employers failing to check agency staff's qualifications and training.

RTITB warns that frequent workplace accidents, injuries, and fatalities take place because employers don’t check agency staff’s qualifications and training when working in lift truck operations.

Laura Nelson, RTITB Managing Director for RTITB,says “All too often lift truck incidents hit theheadlines. Recently we have seen several cases where agency workers or temporary employees have been involved in accidents, many of which could have potentially been avoided if employers were more diligent about training.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that half of fatal accidents in the workplace take place during a worker’s first ten days on-site, with half of those figures occurring on their very first day working for the company. Regardless of their worker-status, new starters are at a greater risk of accidents due to lack of experience. According to the HSE, they’re generally reluctant to voice concerns, or they’re not sure where to begin the process of asking questions.

“Whether an operator is on site for one day as a temporary employee or longer as a permanent team member, employers must make sure that they undergo suitable and sufficient specific and familiarisation training for the machine type they are required to operate and have the evidence to prove it,” Laura continues, explaining that this is important both for safety and for legal compliance.

Laura states that “It’s also important to assess the practical skill level of new starters and monitor their performance closely – not all MHE training is created equal so remedial training might be needed to fill knowledge gaps and correct bad habits. This is where correct management and supervision plays an extremely important role.”

RTITB’s course, Managing & Supervising Material Handling Equipment (MHE) Operations, ensure that managers and supervisors understand their responsibilities in MHE operations, and teaches them how to minimise risk in their workplace as much as possible.

This training course covers walking the floor, relevant legal regulations, manager and supervisor responsibilities, operator training, operational safety, applying theory to real-life practice, as well as the relevant next steps. The course gives supervisors and managers the skills they need to find and deal with any risks to MHE operations – whether they’re short-time agency staff or permanent employees.

An assessment is held at the end of the course, where candidates will complete a theory test and a video-based hazard perception test..

“To comply with legislation such as PUWER, not only must employers make sure that MHE operators are correctly trained, but also that managers and supervisors have received adequate training for the purposes of health and safety,” says Laura.

For more information on delivering RTITB accredited training courses for MHE operators, managers or supervisors in your business, call the expert RTITB team on 01952 520207.

Lack of Forklift Training Leads to Worker Dying on First Day at Work

A hardware company has been fined €100,000 for serious safety breaches, after a worker died within a few hours of his first day at work.

A hardware company has been fined €100,000 for serious safety breaches, after a worker died within a few hours of his first day at work.

On 16th January 2016, Ercio Peres Junior has begun working for Navan Hire Hardware and Safety Training Ltd. As one of his first tasks on his first day he was asked to help hold a heavy metal press in place as it was moved onto a forklift. The lift truck was being driven by the business owner’s 18 year old son at the time, who had not received sufficient training to operate the truck. He had only received a few hours of basic operator training, with no specific or on-the-job training.

The metal press, which measured 1.7 metres in height, was placed in an upright position on the prongs of the forklift, with Ercio walking alongside the truck, holding onto the side of the press. The toppled off the forks, crushing the new worker. Ercio’s father also worked on the site and commented that the image of his son on the ground covered in blood would stay with him forever.

During an investigation into the case, the company’s director admitted failing to ensure a safe system of work had been put into place. They also admitted that they had failed to provide any forklift operator training or instruction and operators received no supervision at all to aid with lifting and transporting the hydraulic shop press into the premises. Ercio had also not received any induction or safety training prior to helping with the task.

A representative for the Health and Safety Authority in Ireland, Terry Hallahan, informed the court that the task began at 9.30am and the incident occurred at 10.10am. Ercio had been in his new job only hours at the time of his death.  Mr Hallahan commented “Under no circumstances should a pedestrian be used to stabilise a load.”

The courts were informed that the recommended way to move a load of this nature would have been to lift the pins of the forklift and carry the load under the pins using a sling. Alternatively it could have been carried by inserting the pins through part of the press or strapping the press to a pallet.

The judge on the case commented that he was satisfied that the case was not one where the company had shown a disregard for health and safety in a bid to maximise profits, but rather this had been a one-off, yet tragic, accident as a result of inexperience and naivety.

Following the incident, Navan Hire Hardware and Safety Training Ltd covered the costs for Ercio’s body to be transported to his home country, Brazil, and also assisted his family with their travel and funeral expenses.

Navan Hire Hardware and Safety Training Ltd were fined €50,000, with further costs of €12,000.


Source: The Irish Sun, Company fined €100k over safety breaches that caused man’s death on his first day at work, 27th November 2018. Read the full article.

Contractor Fined Following ‘Badly Planned’ Lifting Operation

A contractor has been fined £10,000 after an employee suffered severe injuries following a poorly planned lifting operation.

A contractor has been fined £10,000 after an employee suffered severe injuries following a poorly planned lifting operation.

On 11th April 2015, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) rented a site for a worker to complete lifting operations to move two large crane mats. The chains attached to the mats were unsuitable as they were unable to reach the required lifting points on the crane mat. As a result, they could not hold the load during the lift manoeuvre, causing the mats to crash down, crushing the workers foot. As a result of his injuries, the worker had to have five of his toes amputated.

Investigation into the incident found that the manoeuvres to move the crane mats were complex and not a common routine lifting operation. It was also found that the task had not been planned by a competent person, no risk assessment, etc. had been put into place for the task and the telescopic handler operator completing the task at the time did not have a valid qualification that would permit him equipped to safely complete the movement.

FCBC admitted  failure to ensure that an operation involving lifting equipment, to lift and move a steel crane mat was sufficiently planned, and by an experienced individual. They also admitted failure to ensure the task was supervised appropriately and carried out in a safe manner.

Commenting on the incident, HSE Inspector, Robert Hirst, said “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply implementing appropriate control measures and safe working practises. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required health and safety standards. “

FCBC pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8 of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, receiving a fine of £10,000.

Source: SHP Online, Lifting operation was badly planned, 28th November 2018. Read the full article.


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