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 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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WORKER KILLED IN FORKLIFT ACCIDENT

A company which manufactures freshly prepared meals was fined £176,000 when an employee was killed after being struck by empty food trays. Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that, on 22 March 2016, an employee of Bakkavor Foods Limited was assisting in the task of unloading and moving empty food trays. The trays the fork lift truck was carrying made contact with a stack of empty food trays, which then collapsed and struck the employee, causing him to fall to the ground and strike his head. He died from his injuries approximately two weeks later. An investigation by the Health and Safety
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THOROUGH EXAMINATIONS FOR FORKLIFT TRUCKS

If you oversee forklift truck operations, you’ll be familiar with the term ‘Thorough Examination’, but what does it actually mean? With recent changes in legislation, it’s important to understand why it’s required and, more importantly, what it means in practice. deals with thorough examinations but this article from SHD Logistics gives even more information. Shaun Prendergast is technical manager north for CFTS, the body that established the UK standard for the Thorough Examination of fork lift trucks. CFTS developed a standardised test that covers both PUWER and LOLER so you can be confident your truck is covered under the law.
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New Drivers Could Face BIG Restrictions on Their Motoring Soon

While we’ve covered the issue of graduated driving licences (GDL) before, this is the first time that the Department of Transport has officially confirmed that it is considering adopting such a system – and is rolling out a pilot in Northern Ireland to see what works and what doesn’t. For instance, according to the new information, anyone under the age of 24 will not be able to have more than one passenger aged 14-20 in their car between the hours of 11pm and 6am. This restriction will apply during the first two years of having a licence. The reason? Research
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