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14 Aug 2017

Scaffold Collapse Leads to £27K Fine

A Dorset based company has been fined after a scaffold collapsed at an industrial unit in Wallisdown, Poole.

Poole Magistrates’ Court heard how Swanage and Dorset Scaffolding and Roofing Limited (SDSRL) had been contracted to erect scaffolding at the industrial unit in Alder Hills Business Park, Wallisdown, Poole to provide edge protection for work to be carried out on the roof.

The scaffolding collapsed on 14 September 2015 narrowly avoiding an office worker as they exited the building but resulting in serious damage to parked cars.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found, the company failed to ensure the scaffolding provided was suitably designed and installed to prevent collapse during use. The company failed to ensure the scaffolding was suitably attached to the building to withstand foreseeable wind loads.

Swanage and Dorset Scaffolding and Roofing Limited of Romany Centre Business Park, Wareham Road, Poole pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 19 (2) of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.

The company has been fined £27,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4051

Speaking after the hearing HSE Principal Inspector Helena Tinton said: “The company failed to ensure the scaffolding was properly secured to the building to avoid it putting workers and members of the public at risk of it collapsing in high winds.

“It is very lucky nobody was injured as result of this incident. All duty holders have the responsibility to ensure all scaffolding work is properly designed and installed by competent workers.”

HSE Bulletin No: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2017/company-fined-after-scaffold-collapse/
(Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence)

 


It certainly sounds like this was a lucky escape in many respects - damage to cars is bad enough but if the scaffold collapsed whilst workers were on it or members of the public walking beneath it, then we may have been reporting about more than a fine.

It's staggering that we continue to read about scaffolding being erected unsafely and not being designed or attached correctly. If nothing else it highlights the importance of choosing a reputable scaffolding company to carry out your work - there are some great companies out there that produce some amazing scaffold designs for virtually any situation you can imagine. 

Of course, our scaffold inspection systems can help companies to check the structure before handover to ensure it meets safety standards and to indicate it's status - don't forget this should be updated weekly and/or after severe weather to ensure tie-ins etc are still secure after strong winds. To find out more about our scaffold tags and checklists visit https://www.goodtogosafety.co.uk/Equipment/Scaffolding
31 May 2017

1,500,000th Checklist Sold



Another milestone reached at Good to Go Safety

The success stories keep on coming this year at Good to Go Safety as we reach another new milestone following the sale of our 1.5millionth checklist.

It’s amazing to think that we’ve helped so many of our customers to keep their workplace equipment safe and in good working order.

The aim of our products is to help companies improve workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. Reaching so many people and achieving milestones like this confirms that we are indeed making a difference and being successful in our quest to create a safer workplace.

The positive feedback we receive from you, our customers, further emphasises the growing appreciation for Good to Go Safety and inspires us to continue developing new checklist systems to meet the needs of our customers, so feel free to let us know if you have a specific requirement for equipment we don't currently offer.

If you have any success stories or examples of where Good to Go Safety has made a difference we are always interested to hear from you and will consider using your comments for future press releases and social media posts. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook to be amongst the first to hear of any new product developments, special offers or news stories from Good to Go Safety.

27 Apr 2017

Late night scaffolding madness



A late night video shows a man climbing scaffolding around the Guildhall in Newport’s High Street in an Isle of Wight’s county town. The incident has led to safety warnings.

Incredibly, It shows the man use the scaffold to make his way to the top. The video was taken by an Island man around 3.30am on Sunday morning (23 April) causing speculation that the climber had consumed alcohol.

The historic Guildhall is undergoing essential repairs to the lightening conductor and clock dials. Structural safety checks of the tower and general maintenance of the roof is taking place as well. There is no fixed ladder access to the scaffolding.

Howard Watts, local senior officer for Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue, said:
“This footage is extremely distressing. The individuals involved have given very little regard to their own safety and that of others and could have caused themselves serious injury. I would hope that people will not be so foolish in future as to attempt such senseless stunts, because ultimately, falling from such height could cause death or serious and life-changing injuries.”

It is expected that the scaffold will be removed by mid-May.

The NHS and police ran an advert several years ago, warning of the potential dangers of climbing scaffolding while under the influence of alcohol.

Good to Go Safety products can’t stop unauthorised people from scaling scaffolding but when used as part of your daily scaffold inspection it may help spot signs of damage or alterations caused by any drunken tomfoolery - Available to purchase online now!

Most importantly however, please remember that scaffolding is not a grown-ups climbing frame, and alcohol does not make you immune from the dangers encountered at height. Scaffolders are highly skilled and trained individuals and know how to work safely on scaffolding, this particular individual clearly does not and he was lucky to walk away from this without serious injury or loss of life!

Original story available here

5 Apr 2017

Lucky Construction Worker saved by...



Onlookers watched heart-stopping moment a construction worker plunged from a 8-metre high wall after scaffolding collapsed.

Incredibly, the man was saved from serious injury after being caught with bare hands by a martial arts coach who used to work as a stunt double for Jet Li.

The worker was setting up a billboard on the second floor of the building when the scaffold suddenly fell.

Thankfully, he was quick enough to grab onto the wall while steel bars and cement lay in a mess below him.

Gu Zhiying the owner of a nearby coffee shop, hurried to fetch sofa cushions and mattresses and placed them onto the ground below the worker, only known as Wang.

Her husband Wu Qiang, the martial arts coach, reached out and managed to catch Wang before he plunged to the ground.

Wang, who is aged in his fifties, hurt his back and arm in the fall but escaped serious injury.

Scaffolding should be inspected before using it for the first time and every 7 days thereafter

Defective equipment can significantly increase the potential for accidents in the workplace so providing training and guidance is key to ensuring that employees are competent in the use of, and inspection of, workplace equipment. Preventative maintenance not only improves safety but can seriously reduce maintenance costs by spotting faults early, before they develop into something more serious.

Good to Go Safety products are the perfect addition to your workplace management system - Available to purchase online now!

4 Apr 2017

Construction Site Statistics



HSE Statistics

Each year in the Construction sector around 4% of workers suffer from an illness they believe to be work related. It is estimated that out of 79,000 of self reported work-related illnesses that 64% are Musculoskeletal.

Each year in the Construction sector 3% of workers sustain a non-fatal workplace injury. Out of the 66,000 injuries per year, 11% are due to being struck by an object and 20% are a result of falling from height.

It is essential that the correct type of equipment is used to ensure that working at height can be carried out safely; detailed documentation should be supplied with equipment and referred to for specific information.

Defective equipment can significantly increase the potential for accidents in the workplace so providing training and guidance is key to ensuring that employees are competent in the use of, and inspection of, workplace equipment. Our range of products provide a visual reminder to employees and advise what they should be looking out for during a pre-use inspection. Preventative maintenance not only improves safety but can significantly reduce maintenance costs by spotting faults early, before they develop into something more serious.

We also provide a range of posters, perfect for displaying in both internal and external environments; our posters are printed on tough, durable, wipe-clean synthetic paper making them easy to roll up without tearing, creasing or delaminating. They can be easily positioned using pins, tape, or within poster frames.

Good to Go Safety products are the perfect addition to your workplace management system - Available to purchase online now!

31 Mar 2017

MEWP Poster



Accidents involving MEWPs can have serious cost and programme implications for the site involved. Worst case scenarios may lead to serious injuries and even death.

It is essential that the correct type of equipment is used to ensure that working at height can be carried out safely; detailed documentation should be supplied with the MEWP (also referred to as a cherry picker or scissor lift) and referred to for specific information. MEWPS have become an essential choice of equipment for short term work at height activities to maximise user safety.

Defective equipment can significantly increase the potential for accidents in the workplace so providing training and guidance is key to ensuring that employees are competent in the use of, and inspection of, workplace equipment. Our latest A2 poster provides a visual reminder to employees, advising of what they should be looking out for during a pre-use inspection of their MEWP. This safety poster mirrors the contents of the MEWP Inspection Checklist to help provide a complete equipment management system. Preventative maintenance not only improves safety but can significantly reduce maintenance costs by spotting faults early, before they develop into something more serious.

This poster is perfect for displaying in both internal and external environments; our posters are printed on tough, durable, wipe-clean synthetic paper making them easy to roll up without tearing, creasing or delaminating. They can be easily positioned using pins, tape, or within poster frames.

The perfect addition to your workplace management system - Available to purchase online now!
27 Mar 2017

Lorry Loader Inspection Checklists



It is a legal requirement that Lorry Loader Cranes receive an up-to-date inspection to ensure it is safe to use and complies with current regulations (LOLER, PUWER, HSWA, MHSWR, and RTA)

Pre-use inspections are a key part of any effective maintenance regime. Lorry loader cranes are complex machines with electrical, mechanical and hydraulic parts that require the manufacturer’s preventative maintenance instructions to be strictly complied with.


As with all lifting equipment the loader crane is subject to deterioration. This is why routine inspections can help to identify faults before they develop further, improving safety and reducing costs. The pre-use inspection should be carried out at the start of the working day, shift or when taking over the lorry loader. It is important that personnel asked to carry out these inspections have the necessary training, experience and competence to do so safely and accurately.

Our aim is for our products to help companies improve workplace safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. The development of new products is a key part of this mission and we are pleased to announce that our new range of lorry loader maintenance products are now available to order CLICK HERE.

It is testament of Good to Go Safety's ability to deliver workplace solutions that our customers continue to provide us with such positive feedback and suggestions for new checklists, which is exactly the case with our latest version. Pre-use checks are an integral part of any effective maintenance regime and we’re confident our new hiab checklists will prove a popular addition – these are complex machines with electrical, mechanical and hydraulic systems that require preventative maintenance instructions to be strictly complied with.

If your company uses LOADER CRANES and you’d like to know a little more about what’s included on our checklists then drop us a line and we’ll be happy to send you a sneak preview before you order.
17 Mar 2017

St Patrick's Day



When it comes to equipment safety you shouldn’t have to rely on the luck of the Irish
Happy St Patrick’s Day from the team at Good to Go Safety


We have a range of equipment tagging and checklist systems designed to cover all the bases. The tag is attached to equipment and displays a "Do Not Use" message until such time that an inspection is carried out. The checklist is then placed inside the tag to display the date and status of the findings to identify to everyone if the equipment is Good to Go. A duplicate copy is retained for management records.

The system is totally flexible to meet the needs of the company - allowing the frequency of inspection to be defined by your risk assessment - in a busy, high traffic warehouse the frequency of racking inspection may be higher than in a smaller pedestrianised warehouse. Whether it be daily, weekly, monthly or ad-hoc the system adapts to meet your requirements.

The perfect addition to your equipment management system - Available to purchase online now!
16 Feb 2017

Visual Inspections



Encouraging employees to complete pre-use checks of workplace equipment is both prudent and proactive.

The use of the Good to Go Safety tagging and checklist systems can help your company to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation. Encouraging employees to complete pre-use checks of workplace equipment is both prudent and proactive. The visual aspect of the tag helps ensure that checks are completed in timely fashion and this visual reminder can now be extended with the introduction of our eye catching safety posters.

Employees will have been trained on the safe use and maintenance of workplace equipment, but providing them with clear visual ‘reminders’ of their required actions can go a long way to ensuring their training remains at the forefront of their minds. To find out more about how our Pre-Use Inspection Posters can further benefit the safety of your organisation please read on below:

1. Location is key. Your poster should be displayed in a relevant area. For example, our warehouse equipment posters would be best sited at the entrance to the warehouse or by the maintenance area. If the poster is placed in an inappropriate location or is surrounded by other posters and information, the message won’t reach the right people at the right time, or may be overlooked completely.

2. Places, people, places. In addition to being in a relevant area, a poster also needs to be seen and read. In order to be effective a poster should appear in a high-traffic area that will allow people to stop and see it. A canteen or washroom are good examples of areas with a lot of traffic and that allow people the time to take in the poster.

3. Stand-alone. When posters are grouped with a lot of other visual displays or if they are left up for too long they lose their effectiveness. A wall of “clutter” often gets overlooked, and anything that’s seen every day blends into the background. It’s a good idea to change your posters at least once a month to keep the messages fresh and to avoid complacency. As we continue to add more posters to our range you’ll be able to regularly switch the equipment poster of choice. The fact our posters are made from synthetic paper means they can be easily rolled up and stored without risk of damage or tearing like most traditional paper posters.

4. Highlight important safety information. One of the most beneficial and obvious benefits to displaying safety posters is to highlight important safety information. Our posters have been designed to mirror the key component checks to carry out, as found in the Good to Go Safety systems. Providing strong visual posters act as a further reminder to employees to complete their pre-use checks.

5. Demonstrate your commitment to safety. While it is important to display safety information for obvious reasons, the benefits extend beyond that. Taking the time and effort to display these posters demonstrates your company’s commitment to safety. Through posting signs and posters, it becomes obvious that safety is an important issue and that you are committed to providing protection to anyone that enters your establishment.

The perfect addition to your warehouse management system - Available to purchase online now!
27 Jan 2017

Pallet Truck Inspection Checklist Poster



One worker is hospitalised every day in the UK due to an accident involving material handling equipment.

Injury is much more likely to occur to operators of a damaged or ineffective pallet truck and with more than a third of all workplace injuries (requiring more than three days off work) being caused by manual handling, now is the time to reinforce the importance of completing equipment inspections.

Defective equipment can significantly increase the potential for accidents in the workplace so providing training and guidance is key to ensuring that employees are competent in the use of, and inspection of, workplace equipment. Our latest A2 poster provides a visual reminder to employees, advising of what they should be looking out for during a pre-use inspection of their pallet truck. This safety poster mirrors the contents of the Pallet Truck Inspection Checklist to help provide a complete equipment management system. Preventative maintenance not only improves safety but can significantly reduce maintenance costs by spotting faults early, before they develop into something more serious.

This poster is perfect for displaying in both internal and external environments; our posters are printed on tough, durable, wipe-clean synthetic paper making them easy to roll up without tearing, creasing or delaminating. They can be easily positioned using pins, tape, or within poster frames.

The perfect addition to your warehouse management system - Available to purchase online now!
10 Jan 2017

HSA Report - Farm fatalities rise despite drop in workplace deaths



The number of farming workplace deaths remained high in 2016 despite a drop of over 20% in workplace fatal accidents across all sectors in Ireland for the year.

The number of deaths on farms increased with 21 reported in 2016 compared to 18 in 2015.

The majority of work-related deaths involved 25-65-year-old males. However, there were nine men aged over 65 killed in the agriculture sector.

The HSA has urged farmers to plan and carry out "quick safety checks" around machinery to help to reduce the number of fatalities on farms.

HSA Chief Executive Martin O'Halloran said of the 21 fatalities on farms, 12 related to tractors and machinery.

Mr O'Halloran said the "most fundamental thing" is for farmers to plan the day and spend ten seconds thinking about hazards, risks and controls. Taking time to assess the job and inspect the machinery will make a difference, he said.

To read the full article click here

Good to Go Safety provide safety checklists for both tractors and trailers, designed to encourage pre-drive checks and help improve farm safety. Click the relevant link for more information.
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