An increase in the number of HR professionals who cite “management style” as the main cause of stress at work highlights the need to improve training for line managers, says a report and survey from the CIPD and health insurance group Simplyheath. The 19th annual Health and Wellbeing at Worksurvey is based on responses from 1,078 HR professionals, 37% of whom reported an increase in stress-related absence at their organisation over the past year. When asked about the contributory factors at […]

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A potato processing company has today been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker, was struck by a telehandler load. Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 5 January 2018, Mr Smith, aged 62, was walking across the middle yard to the maintenance workshop when he was struck by three potato boxes loaded on the tines of a telehandler being operated by another employee. The impact knocked him to the ground and caused a fracture to his left leg. An investigation […]

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FSDF member Cold Move have recently opened a newly refurbished warehouse with a brand new ammonia plant and racking installation totalling over £1Million worth of investment, Cold Move wanted this to be included in the scope of their BRC accreditation so they brought forward the audit by six months to February. They also took the choice to move the certification partner to FSDF member KIWA, who have been extremely professional and efficient. The audit covered Glovers Meadow and Maes-y-Clawdd facilities […]

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Urgent safety advice has been issued by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) to all lorry drivers who use ferries. This follows an incident where lorries toppled over on a ferry vehicle deck while at sea, with drivers still in their cabs. One driver was trapped and had to be freed by emergency services. International Regulations International regulations prohibit passengers, including lorry drivers, from staying on the vehicle decks when at sea. The MAIB is warning that: while a ferry […]

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FSDF member Combilift added yet another industry award to its ever growing tally when its Combi-PPT model won the Safety Category of the FLTA Awards for Excellence 2019 on March 30th.   The Combi-PPT is a high performance pedestrian operated powered pallet truck, the first model of which was designed following a very specific request from a Combilift customer wanting to enhance operational safety and material flow in its manufacturing facilities. This proved to be so successful that the Combi-PPT […]

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To the surprise of some, the Department of Transport for the United Kingdom recently  announced that (despite BREXIT) it would be replicating or adopting the recent vehicle safety rules provisionally agreed by the European Union, set to become mandatory for all vehicles sold by 2022. The technology to which the rules refer, the Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA), is accompanied by further emergency braking and lane-keeping technology. What is ISA? Under the ISA system, cars are fitted with navigational systems, such […]

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Malcolm Maycock, managing director of FSDF member Licence Bureau, urged fleets to be particularly vigilant in respect of European Union driver licence holders complying with UK regulations and potentially either exchanging their licence for a UK one or taking a UK driving test to obtain one. He also advised fleet managers to not only undertake checks on driver licences to ensure their validity and whether drivers had any convictions, but also to risk assess foreign driver licence holders and put […]

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Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard that the Karro Food Group workers had not realised that the roof contained roof lights, which were not visible due to a build-up of moss and dirt. The two employees were injured on 13 April 2016 at the firm’s plant in Malton, north Yorkshire, which produces bacon, sausages and other pork products. According to the HSE, the two workers were walking closely together on the asbestos cement roof when they both stood on the same roof […]

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T J Morris, the company that operates 400 stores under the name of Home Bargains, has been fined £50,000 after pleading guilty to failing to provide a full risk assessment for lorry deliveries at its Dudley store, where one of its drivers was fatally crushed.  However, the company’s guilty plea was made on the basis that its failings were not responsible for the death of Gary Pickering in September 2013.  The company also agreed to pay prosecution costs of £150,000. […]

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The FSDF Health and Safety Awards are now open for Nominations and supported by GNB Industrial Power https://www.exide.com/eu/en/global-solutions  The Awards take place on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London and aims to recognise excellence in health & Safety on an individual and company wide level. To enter, complete the form HERE and upload your supporting documents and submit online. Please submit a short summary of no more that 500 words showing the reasons why you qualify for this award, […]

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