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Comfort Cushioning Manufacturer Fined Following Vehicle Collision
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A comfort cushioning manfacturer has been fined £60,000 after a collision on its site between a lorry and a lift truck.

The largest manufacturer of comfort cushioning products has been fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,302 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc Act 1974.

On 23rd June 2017, Manchester Magistrate’s heard how, a Carpenter Limited of Dinting Lodge Industrial Estate tanker was reversing into a tanker discharge bay by Dinting Lodge in Glossop when it collided at low speed with a forklift truck.

No workers were injured in the incident, but an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company has insufficient control of workplace transport, particularly reversing vehicles.

Medani Close, HSE Inspector, spoke after the hearing saying: “The host company failed to undertake a number of simple safety measures including segregation of reversing vehicles, from other moving vehicles and pedestrians, and ensuring that reversing manoeuvers were supervised, in accordance with their site rules.” 

Source: HSE, Derbyshire company fined after vehicles collide, 27th September 2018. Read the full article.

Waste Company Fined Following Forklift Explosion
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A waste company has been fined £100,000 after two employees suffered burn injuries following a forklift explosion.

A waste company has been fined £100,000 after two employees suffered burn injuries following a forklift explosion.

On 12th July 2016, two employees for B & W Waste Management Services Ltd were handling flammable aerosol canisters using an industrial plastic shredder. The canisters were highly pressurised and when using a gas operated forklift to lift them into the shredder, a spark was generated by the truck, igniting a cloud of gas that resulted in an explosion.

Both workers sustained injuries, with one suffering third degree burns which left him in an induced coma on life support for 10 days. The worker has also undergone several operations and now has considerable scarring and a lifelong dependency on medication to treat his nerve pain.

Following the incident, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered that work on the site had not been adequately planned and there was not sufficient warehouse supervision for the task being completed. The company also failed to ensure the task was carried out in a safe manner.

HSE inspector, Andrew McGill commented “Those in control of work have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working. If a suitable safe system of work has been in place prior to the incident, the life changing injuries suffered by one employee, could have been prevented.”

B & W Waste Management Services Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 6 (1) of Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002, receiving a fine of £100,000, with further costs of £11,603.14.

Source: HSE, Waste company fined after workers injured in explosion, 25th September 2018. Read the full article.

No-deal Brexit and Driver CPC
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On 24th September 2018 the UK government released its guidance to the Road Haulage industry for a “no-deal Brexit”. The notice outlines what businesses need to do to prepare and what plans to consider.

On 24th September 2018 the UK government released its guidance to the Road Haulage industry for a “no-deal Brexit”. The notice outlines what businesses need to do to prepare and what plans to consider.

The technical notice included a section on Driver CPC and the key points were as follows

  • Little will change with regards to Driver CPC
  • “No immediate plans to change any of the standards drivers have to meet”
  • UK DCPC may not be recognised by EU
  • UK will continue to recognise DCPC achieved in EU countries for EU drivers, including EU drivers who work for UK businesses
  • Anyone with a UK DCPC can swap to an EU DCPC before March 2019. To do this the driver needs to apply to the relevant body in the EU country that wish to have issue their DCPC
     

You can read the full technical notice here.

RTITB is currently preparing Driver CPC course materials which will reflect that the UK has left the EU and these will be ready for use from 1st April 2019. If you would like to know more about RTITB’s Driver CPC course materials or the RTITB Master Driver CPC Consortium please contact Jane Hughes (Solutions Manager) on 01952 520207.

Change in RTITB Office Opening Times 5th October 2018
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Due to staff training, the RTITB office will be opening on Friday 5th October 2018 at a slightly later time of 10.30am.

Due to staff training, the RTITB office will be opening on Friday 5th October 2018 at a slightly later time of 10.30am.

As part of this year’s National Customer Service week, we have been busily working on a series of challenges and training to help improve RTITB’s internal and external training. The purpose of this week is to ensure we are providing the best possible service across the board – from within our own departments, to our customers. This week will end with some training on the morning of Friday 5th October, meaning our normal opening hours will be slightly affected.

All calls and emails will be dealt with as soon as possible when the office opens fully at 10.30am. Thank you for your understanding and apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Word of Mouth Training Leads to Very Narrow Aisle Truck Death
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A distribution company has been fined over £300,000 after a worker fell to his death from the top of a Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) truck.

A distribution company has been fined over £300,000 after a worker fell to his death from the top of a Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) truck.

On 14th January 2016, Andrej Grzeszcak was working at the Magnetic Park site for Great Bear Distribution Limited. Mr Grzeszcak was required to move to picking points in the warehouse, dictated by data sent to his VNA trick from an operations controller. This controller also allocated additional vehicles to other areas of the warehouse. His vehicle was struck by another operations controller working in the same aisle, causing his vehicle to topple and fall, sustaining fatal injuries as a result of the incident.

An investigation into the incident found that there was no permit to work system in place and no electronic or physical device has been installed in order to stop two vehicles entering the same aisle. It was also found that the vehicles had not been fitted with sensors to detect other machines within the vicinity of the aisle and the driving position of the vehicle operator was in a way which would have required them to turn their head 180 degree in order to have a clear view whilst reversing.

During a court hearing, Great Bear Distribution were unable to provide any proof that training for operations controllers had been delivered to workers in the warehouse. This was deemed to be a significant cause of the incident, as controllers were found to be ignoring a prompt on the computer system used to control the vehicles, which informed the driver is a vehicle was already in an aisle. This prompt should have been acknowledged at the time of Mr Grzeszcak’s incident.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, commented on the case “While Great Bear Distribution had numerous health and safety policies and procedures in place, they had failed to recognise that their operations controllers were being trained by word of mouth rather than through a structured and supervised training process. As a result, a culture has been introduced which allowed a key safety control to be ignored. This sad loss of a life is a clear demonstration to all businesses that proper structured training of all staff is key to a safe working environment for staff and others.”

Great Bear Distribution Limited pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and safety at Work Act, receiving a fine of £323,000, plus additional costs of £30,000.

Source: Northants Telegraph, Firm hit with six-figure fine over worker’s death at Desborough warehouse, 11th September 2018. Read the full article.

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