CFTS: Lift Truck Safety Inspections “need same clarity as HGVs”

Logistics managers are being urged to seek absolute clarity over forklift Thorough Examinations, after it was revealed lift trucks are involved in 50% more serious accidents than HGVs.  Although forklift trucks are not subject to an MOT, as HGVs are, they do require a Thorough Examination under both LOLER and PUWER, so the importance of carrying out this examination to the highest standard is critical to the industry and all those working in it.   CFTS believes this lack of clarity surrounding how often lift truck examinations are carried out and documented can leave managers confused – potentially placing employees
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Howdens lands £1.2m fine for overloaded forklift fatality

The UK’s largest manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens has been fined £1.2m over the fatal crushing of a delivery driver in Cumbria. Howdens has more than 650 depots in the UK | Image credit: ©Jim Barton (cc-by-sa/2.0) Howdens Joinery was prosecuted at Carlisle Crown Court after it pleaded guilty to breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It must also pay costs of almost £34,000. The court was told that Richard Brown had been delivering kitchen worktops to the company’s premises at Clay Flatts industrial estate in Workington when the accident happened in
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Westend School of Motoring joins Master Driver CPC Consortium

RTITB is proud to announce Westend School of Motoring has joined the Master Driver CPC Consortium, the UK’s largest Driver CPC Consortium. As a member of RTITB’s Master Driver CPC Consortium, Westend School of Motoring will now be providing Periodic Training to professional goods drivers and passenger carrying vehicle drivers in and around the local area. Since 2008 professional heavy goods vehicle and passenger carrying vehicle drivers have been required to undertake regular professional development training as part of a series of measures introduced across Europe to improve safety on all member states’ roads. As members of the Master Driver
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New Drivers Could Face Second Driving Test After Two Years

As part of a series of restrictions being considered by the Government, new drivers could face a new driving test two years after qualifying. The Government is exploring a potential Graduated Driving Licence, which would see new drivers under the age of 24 facing serious restrictions. For two years after passing the driving test, they would: • Not be able to drive after dark or drive cars with larger engines • Not be able to drink alcohol before driving because of a lowered drink drive limit • Have to take another test at the end of the two-year probation period. The
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RIDDOR REPORTING OF WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS

RIDDOR REPORTING OF WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS The Health and Safety Executive are reminding everyone concerned that a RIDDOR report must be submitted for certain types of workplace accidents. RIDDOR puts duties on employers, the self-employed and people in control of work premises to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences. The types of reportable injuries are listed below. Deaths and injuries If someone has died or has been injured because of a work-related accident this may have to be reported. Not all accidents need to be reported, other than for certain gas incidents, a RIDDOR report is required
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Fact sheets on owning and operating fork lift trucks

As the UK’s largest and most authoritative organisation in the fork lift truck industry, the FLTA receives many requests for information and advice. To make that service even more accessible, the Association has created this library of Fact Sheets which address many of the most important and frequently asked questions, including: “How long does a fork lift licence last?” “How old do I need to be to operate a fork lift?” “What is Thorough Examination?” …and many more. If you have a question that is not covered here, please email us on nanette@fork-truck.org.uk and we will try to provide you
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How To Tell If Your Forklift Is Worn Out

Your business relies on the safe and reliable operation of your forklifts, so it essential that regular inspections are carried out to ensure they are not too worn out.  A forklift which is regularly maintained will last a long time, but, eventually, all machines reach a point when they need to be replaced.  This article will help you both spot the signs of wear and advise you how to prolong your machines life. The forks.  The actual forks of the machine should be measured regularly to ensure that wear does not exceed 10% of the nominal thickness.  A 10% wear to
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Emissions fraud: over 100 operators under investigation

More than 100 lorry operators caught deliberately damaging air quality Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) examiners found 293 lorries fitted with emissions cheat devices at roadside checks between August and November 2017. Published 12 January 2018 From: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain In August 2017, DVSA started to include checks for emissions cheat devices in roadside checks of lorries at 5 locations across Great Britain. By the end of November 2017, DVSA examiners had searched 3,735 lorries at these locations and found 293 lorries with a cheat device fitted. The drivers and operators were
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Learner drivers will be allowed on motorways from 2018

Learner drivers will be allowed to take motorway driving lessons with an approved driving instructor in a car with dual controls from 2018. Published 12 August 2017 From: Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Allowing learner drivers to have lessons on motorways will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely. At the moment, you can only have driving lessons on motorways after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme. How the change will work The change will apply to England, Scotland and Wales. Learner drivers will need to
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Prep your forklifts, winter is coming!

The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder: it’s clear that winter is right around the corner. This also affects the working conditions and the equipment used inside and especially outside of your warehouse. But how can you continue your operations safely? We have gathered some tips & tricks that will get you and your forklifts and drivers through this winter. Safety first When working outside of your warehouse, check the weather to avoid any unpleasant surprises and prepare accordingly. Is it freezing? Has it snowed overnight? Just in case, when driving a forklift, be careful and
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