INDUSTRY-First test to boost Pallet and Stacker Truck safety

RTITB has welcomed the introduction of the first industry-standard operating skills test for pedestrian operated lift trucks. The introduction of the new test will mean that operators training on all machines covered within the RTITB electric pallet and stacker truck trainers guide will now be subject to a standardised assessment. This includes those on training courses for low level pedestrian operated pallet trucks, pallet stackers, stacking counterbalance trucks and stacking reach trucks. The new test has been developed over an 18-month period by the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) in consultation with sector experts, including the Health &
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Operator licence revoked after failure to adhere to drivers hours rules

An operator has had its licence revoked after being found guilty of ignoring their responsibilities to ensure driver’s hours and tachographs rules were observed. In July 2019, a report from the DVSA was passed to the traffic commissioner regarding H&J Transport, an operator running 10 LGVs and 10 trailers. The report highlighted that the director, George Hunt, was failing to download drivers’ digital tachograph cards and vehicle tachograph unit data within the required timeframe. As a result of this, drivers were clocking up a number of repeated and serious infringements and some drivers were found to often drive without a card inserted
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Pedestrian killed after collision with Telescopic Loader

A farming company has been fined after a pedestrian was killed instantly when they were struck by a telescopic loader. On 22nd February 2017, Anthony Ackroyd, a farmer, was driving a JCB telescopic loader that contained three bales of hay on the front. As a result of the heavy load, Mr Ackroyd had severely restricted visibility from the front of the machine and was unable to the see the pedestrian in front of him. He drove over the pedestrian, who was killed instantly. Following the incident, an investigation carried out by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the pedestrian was a
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Driver CPC deadline

For many professional lorry, bus or coach drivers in the UK the deadline to complete their driver CPC periodic training and maintain their current card is approaching. If you haven’t already done so, you need to make sure you’ve completed 35 hours of periodic training by 9 September 2019. Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU professional drivers of lorries and buses will still need a valid CPC to continue to operate in the UK. It is illegal for professional drivers to operate without a Driver Qualification Card (DQC). Finding a training course You can find training courses by visiting the Joint Approvals Unit
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Scaffolding Company Fined

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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