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FORK IN THE ROAD: MANAGING WORKPLACE TRAFFIC

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Training and Segregation at the Heart of Traffic Management in the Industrial Workplace by Matthew Parkinson What is the most dangerous vehicle in the UK workplace? Is it those heavy duty, 500-horsepower HGVs, backing into loading bays on poorly-managed forecourts? What about those busy, buzzy white vans containing dizzy, fizzy white van men? Or maybe it’s the commuting cars, piling through the morning rush hours into stacked and over-spilling parking bays? All wrong. In fact, the most dangerous piece of transport in the workplace injures more people than all the aforementioned modes of transport combined. Last year, more than 800 Read More

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CAA DEVELOPS SAFE HANDLING STRATEGY FOR BATTERIES;

Charging Ahead Without Copycat Batteries The growing safety concern of transporting batteries has recently prompted the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to work with its US counterpart, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), to develop vital information videos related to the safe handling of exploding batteries. As a result Accutronics, the manufacturer of batteries for professional applications, has called on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to consider the repercussions of using poorly made Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. Here, Neil Oliver, technical marketing manager at Accutronics, calls on OEMs to prioritise safety and reliability. There is no doubt that, as a result of the Read More

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THE PROBLEM OF RAIL WASTE;

A Train’s 40-Year Lifespan Relies on Proper H&S Procedures A recent feature on the BBC’s Inside Out programme unveiled that one in ten of Britain’s train carriages dispose toilet waste straight onto the railway tracks. In this blog post, James Lomas, national sales manager of professional rail cleaning chemicals manufacturer Arrow Solutions has called for the potentially hazardous practice to be stopped by retrofitting older trains with sealed storage tanks. The company has also explained the financial and hygiene benefits of performing correct maintenance of effluent tanks. Rail toilet waste that currently gets sprayed directly onto the tracks is an Read More

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AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE COMPANY SENTENCED FOR WORKING AT HEIGHT FAILURES;

Case Underlines Importance of H&S Planning and Organisation A Hampshire-based aircraft maintenance company has been sentenced for safety failures after three workers were injured in separate falls at its airfield in Lasham – two in the same month, reports HSE. The first incident at ATC (Lasham) Ltd, which has an international client base, saw an employee fall five metres from an aircraft door to the runway tarmac while repairing a faulty door. His injuries were at first thought to be life-threatening. Less than three weeks later, a contractor, broke a knee after falling three metres when a weld gave way Read More

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NO SLIP-UPS ON THE ROOFTOPS;

High Performance at Great Heights As well as protecting workers from falls at height, slips and trips can also be avoided by installing a level non-slip walking surface, reports Paul Magee of Simplified Safety. In addition designated walkways can be used to ensure staff can be directed away from hazards and reduce costly damage to the roof surface caused by foot traffic. Kee Walk as standard complies with EN516:2006 1 C as standard, which requires a walkway to be 3 degrees of the horizontal.  Its design, using an aluminium sub-frame and glass reinforced nylon treads ensures the walking surface is firm underfoot. Read More