News & Events

News & Events

Stay up to date with all of the latest industry and legislative news relating to the safety and maintenance of workplace equipment.

We will post blogs relating to HSE prosecutions and HSE accident statistics, safety initiatives and topical events relating to equipment safety and the consequences of failing to maintain equipment at work across a wide range of industries – from farming to construction, warehousing to transport and logistics. In addition we will highlight how our Good to Go Safety inspection systems could help to improve workplace safety and help your company to reduce maintenance costs while complying with key statutory legislations such as PUWER, LOLER and WAHR.

Mother grieves loss of son and HSE deem accident preventable
Mother grieves loss of son and HSE deem accident preventable
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A 24-year-old engineer was fatally crushed whilst attempting to repair a factory goods lift with his colleagues on the 14th January 2020. Lift Monitoring Systems Limited, previously known as RJ Lift Services Limited, was fined £200,000 after a HSE (Health and Safety Executive) investigation into the death. The following information was found during the HSE investigation: Lewis McFarlin (the victim) and two other lift engineers were on site to work on a different lift before bei...


Now's the time for farms to change
Now's the time for farms to change
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Farmers are being reminded they must change their attitude towards safety as Britain’s workplace regulator readies itself for a wave of inspections in the coming months. Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit farms across England, Scotland and Wales as part of a push to change the culture in the industry and check for compliance with long standing legal requirements. People on farms are 21 times more likely to be killed in a workplace accident than other i...


Quick thinking 16-year-old saves own life after tractor accident
Quick thinking 16-year-old saves own life after tractor accident
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An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Earlcoate Construction & Plant Hire Limited, had failed to adequately protect a 16-year-old whilst on paid work experience. On August 3, 2021, the teenager, Tom Cutler, was hoping to start a vehicle maintenance course at Sparsholt College after gaining some work experience at Earlcoate Construction & Plant Hire Limited, Folds Farm, in the New Forest. On that fateful day he was driving a tractor down a track when i...


Tyre Safety Month
Tyre Safety Month
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TyreSafe has announced the launch of its highly anticipated “Safe and Save” campaign as a part of this year’s Tyre Safety Month - a campaign which aims to educate and empower motorists across various groups to prioritise tyre safety, save money, and reduce the risks associated with driving vehicles with worn or under-inflated tyres. Tyre safety month, which runs throughout October 2023 and provides an opportunity for road safety professionals an ideal opportunity to run awareness, enforce...


Wood workshop fined after HSE inspection
Wood workshop fined after HSE inspection
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A Lincolnshire-based workshop has been fined after his employees were exposed to a hazardous substance. Inspectors found a significant build-up of wood dust and that Local Exhaust Ventilation systems, provided to capture wood dust and protect employees, had not been thoroughly examined and tested. The HSE prosecuted Chris Buckley, trading as The Furniture Chest of Station Road, Heckington, Lincolnshire, on the 7th April 2022. A subsequent HSE investigation found Chris Buckley had faile...


We're Supporting National Scaffolding Week 2023
We're Supporting National Scaffolding Week 2023
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National Scaffolding Week provides an opportunity for members of the industry (no matter the role) to provide advice, information and valuable insights which can influence the direction of training in the industry. The campaign, which runs from 9th – 13th October 2023 will showcase the diverse range of career options available within the industry; highlight achievements of both organisations and individuals operating within the sector and aim to inspire the next generation to take up a role ...


How to save time and money with effective equipment maintenance
How to save time and money with effective equipment maintenance
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On average, predictive maintenance increases productivity by 25%, reduces breakdowns by 70% and lowers maintenance costs by 25%. Depending on the type of assets, costs and technical sophistication, a broad spectrum of maintenance strategies should be applied. One failing machine may halt the whole production process. Poor maintenance strategies can reduce the overall productive capacity of a plant by 5 to 20 percent. “Predictive maintenance increases equipment uptime by 10 to 20% while re...


The importance of workplace site assessments
The importance of workplace site assessments
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A farm has been fined £60,000 following the death of a 43-year-old father-of-three who was electrocuted on the 13th May 2021 by a power line. Patrick Rice was unloading stone when the hydraulic arm of the dumper truck came into contact with 11kV overhead power lines at VB Farms LLP's in Devon. A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident found VB Farms LLP failed to carry out an assessment of how the work could be completed safely and did not consider the dangers in...


A Safer and Healthier Farm Life Environment
A Safer and Healthier Farm Life Environment
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A three-year-old child was among 27 people killed in agriculture-related activities in the last 12 months. Britain's workplace regulator has called for a cultural shift away from poor behaviours due to the rate of fatalities, which has remained high with little change. The worker fatal injury rate is 21-times higher than the average five-year annual rate across all other industries. Sue Thompson, the Head of Agriculture, at the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) has said: “The n...


Forklift Safety - a simple reminder
Forklift Safety - a simple reminder
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Monitoring all your workplace equipment (such as forklifts) and assessing working environments with regular (pre-use / pre-move) inspections will help achieve a safer workplace environment for employees. Pre-use / pre-move inspections will not only increase the likelihood of spotting an equipment fault early before it deteriorates further, but it also provides employees with regular reminders of their safe working practices and ensures your company complies with PUWER and Health & Safety policie...


Work-related fatality statistics 2022-2023
Work-related fatality statistics 2022-2023
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There were one hundred and thirty-five workers killed due to work-related incidents in the United Kingdom the last year, according to figures published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on the 6th of July 2023. The statistics released covers the period between April 2022 and March 2023 and shows an increase of fatalities verses the previous year (one hundred and twenty-three deaths) however is in line with pre-coronavirus levels (2020/2021 fatalities were reported at one hundred a...


Straddle Carrier Incident causes Fatality
Straddle Carrier Incident causes Fatality
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A straddle carrier tipped over at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg earlier this week, killing the driver The accident occurred shortly before the end of the night shift at around 5am CET (3am GMT) on Wednesday, 18th January 2023. The straddle carrier tipped over as the machine was being driven without a load on the way to pick up a container. The 29-year old driver is believed to have died on impact. His body was taken from the cabin by the fire brigade whilst the police and the...


HSE finds Faulty, Damaged and Defective Equipment
HSE finds Faulty, Damaged and Defective Equipment
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As part of a nationwide inspection campaign, the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) visited hand car washing facilities throughout West and Mid Sussex and found "shocking" health and safety failings at 20 of the sites in West and Mid Sussex. The campaign's itinerary shows the next wave of inspections begins this week (19th June 2023) and is moving into East Sussex and Surrey. The nationwide campaign is in response to persistent safety problems with hand car washing businesses following th...


Worker suffers two broken ribs, a punctured lung and fractured vertebra
Worker suffers two broken ribs, a punctured lung and fractured vertebra
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A company has been fined £200,000 after an employee was crushed by a 700kg crate filled with replacement glass. The man who was working at a warehouse located in Stakehill Industrial Estate, Middleton, was moving the crate, with the help of another colleague on the 16th June 2021. The two employees placed the crate on a set of skates and intended to push the load through the PSV Glass and Glazing warehouse. All was going "well" until the crate became unbalanced and fell, trapping ...


FLASH DEAL – Limited Time Offer – 30 Day Access
FLASH DEAL – Limited Time Offer – 30 Day Access
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What you get … • FREE UNLIMITED ACCESS to the TakeAIM app and Company Dashboard • FREE LIVE VIDEO TUTORIAL on Teams • FREE REAL-TIME SUPPORT to help with set-up • NO HARD SELL, NO PAYMENT DETAILS REQUIRED, NO COMMITMENT What the APP provides inspectors … • Digital inspections of any workplace equipment • Choose from pre-installed equipment checklists or create your own • Consistent and efficient maintenance checklists • Add photos during inspections to highlight...


National Forklift Safety Day 2023
National Forklift Safety Day 2023
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In the UK, we bear witness to over 1300 fork lift truck accidents every year, which means on average there are five accidents every workday in the UK that involves a forklift. In the US there are over 35,000 serious injuries every year due to forklift operation and OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) estimates that over 70% of these incidents were preventable. It’s easy to lose sight of safety in the rush of everyday life, thats why Forklift Safety Day is so important...


How the Cost-of-Living Crisis is affecting Road Safety
How the Cost-of-Living Crisis is affecting Road Safety
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Over the last year cost-of-living has impacted us all, but when it comes to travel, the increasing costs are crippling many drivers ability to keep their vehicles maintained and road safe. In a survey (by Brake and AXA) regarding vehicle safety, 58% of people said they are worried about the cost of having their vehicle serviced, 62% concerned about repair bills and 47% of survey respondents worried about the cost of their vehicle MOT. Compared with results from a Brake survey carried...


Recycling Company Fined After Accident
Recycling Company Fined After Accident
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A 51 year old mans right leg was amputated above the knee after he was struck by a telehandler on the 16th March 2022. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Eco Waste and Recycling Limited had failed to act on risk assessments and adequately separate vehicles and pedestrians at its Hullocks Pill Hill, Newnham site. Had they acted on risk assessment details, the man would not have been struck by a reversing telehandler whilst he was sorting recyclable materi...


NASC - MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS IN SCAFFOLDING - 2023 Safety Report
NASC - MAINTAINING HIGH STANDARDS IN SCAFFOLDING - 2023 Safety Report
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Since the 1970's, NASC (National Access & Scaffolding Confederation) have been providing official accident and injury statistics regarding their family of over 400 contracting firms, scaffolding suppliers and manufacturers. Within this years NASC Safety Report their members have once again raised the standards within the scaffolding industry, plus this year they achieved the lowest Accident Incident Rates and Accident Frequency Rates in the entirety of NASC history reports (going back to 1975). ...


HSE clamps down on fairground rides
HSE clamps down on fairground rides
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Starting on 24 April, the HSE (The Health and Safety Executive) will carry out 100 targeted inspections of fairground and theme park rides following a string of incidents throughout the UK. The campaign's strategy is to promote the safe use of fairground rides and inflatable devices and reduce the risk of catastrophic incidents. The campaign is targeted at both theme park sites and travelling fairgrounds and is set to finish by September 2023. It wasn't long ago that we wrote about an inciden...


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