INADEQUATE FORKLIFT CHECKS COMPROMISE SAFETY

This a recent article by the RTITB’s Nick Welch which explains the importance of pre use checks for forklift trucks. “Every forklift truck operation should begin with a pre-use inspection. However, these checks are often conducted incorrectly, or overlooked completely,” says Nick Welch, Technical Director for RTITB, the leading workplace transport training accrediting body.“This poses a serious safety risk both to lift truck operators and others around them.” Research carried out by RTITB in 2016 showed that 65% of forklift operators didn’t know how to correctly conduct the driving and braking pre-use check, 49% did not know how to check
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DRIVING TEST changes from Monday 4 December 2017

The driving test will change from Monday 4 December 2017 to include following directions from a sat nav and testing different manoeuvres. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has confirmed that the driving test in England, Scotland and Wales will change from Monday 4 December 2017. The driving test works differently in Northern Ireland. The changes are designed to make sure new drivers have the skills they’ll need to help them through a lifetime of safe driving. The changes will only apply to car driving tests to begin with. The 4 driving test changes 1. Independent driving part of the
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Tyre Company Fined £300k After Operator is Crushed by Lift Truck

A tyre company has been fined £300,000 following the breach of health and safety regulations which resulted in the death of a forklift operator. In July 2014, operator, Stephen Woollas, was working at the Gonerby Hill Foot site of Vau-Lug Traction Tyres Ltd. Mr Woollas was moving a load of tyres whilst travelling forward, but was unable to see the path ahead of him. Whilst moving forward, the truck tipped over, crushing Mr Woollas underneath it. The investigation found that at the time of the incident, Mr Woollas was not wearing a seatbelt. However, further investigation found that the warning
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