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.

Even Santa uses TakeAIM
Even Santa uses TakeAIM
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When it comes to checklists, there's no one more proficient than Santa. He has a checklist for good, a checklist for bad and since he found TakeAIM, he's managing them all digitally. Here's what Santa said about TakeAIM: As the Holiday season approaches, billions of people World-wide begin counting down the days until they can enjoy family get-togethers, gift giving and / or time off work, ho ho ho. As Christmas approaches some businesses begin to wind down as others see an influx of ...


Tyre Blow Outs & Illegal Tyres on UK Roads
Tyre Blow Outs & Illegal Tyres on UK Roads
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I don't know about you, but whenever i see the husk of a blown out tyre at the side of a dual carriageway / motorway, it gives me the chills. The rubber fragments and skid marks weaving across the lanes is a firm reminder that tyre blowouts are common and extremely dangerous. Whilst analysing almost 400,000 cars over a 21 month period, Evans Halshaw found that on average 26% of UK motorists had at least one illegal tyre. Read Evans Halshaws full findings - click here Workers such...


The Benefits of Pre-Drive Checklists
The Benefits of Pre-Drive Checklists
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Driving may be one of the most hazardous working activities in the UK The government’s Work-Related Road Safety Task Group estimates that up to a third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is at work at the time. This may account for over twenty fatalities and 250 serious injuries every week. Managing the risks to employees who drive at work requires more than just compliance with road traffic legislation. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 requires employers t...


Brick and Mortar are not inherently safe
Brick and Mortar are not inherently safe
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A story recently posted by the EuroNews told readers how one person prevented a catastrophic loss of life by reporting an unsafe building. The sharp-eyed man alerted emergency services after seeing cracks appear in a four-storey building. The building which was made up of both commercial and residential properties was cordoned off by the fire department and evacuated. The building then collapsed, the firefighters rescued one person from the rubble, with only light injuries and one death was late...


In memory of Steven - Brake.org.uk story
In memory of Steven - Brake.org.uk story
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A recent blog by Brake (the charity who organise #RoadSafetyWeek), highlighted the tragic and traumatising death of Steven, a husband, father and grandfather. The incident happened on Netherfield Lane near Ollerton when driving home after a family day out. After a day of strawberry picking with his grandchildren, a 20cm slab weighing 8.5kg fell from the load of a lorry, flew through the windscreen and killed Steven instantly. The horrific accident was witnessed by his wife, as well as their ...


Why fleet and driver safety shouldn’t be a lottery
Why fleet and driver safety shouldn’t be a lottery
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The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have investigated an accident where a HGV driver suffered fatal chest injuries. The driver was unstrapping a load on the flatbed trailer, when the load (steel gates) fell and tragically crushed him. Andrew Bayley-Machin, 41, was fatally crushed after the steel gates fell approximately 10 ft from the trailer. Do you play the National Lottery? Millions do and, every week, they buy a ticket in the hope of winning the jackpot. Yet the odds of doing that a...


HGV driver suffers fatal injuries
HGV driver suffers fatal injuries
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The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have investigated an accident where a HGV driver suffered fatal chest injuries. The driver was unstrapping a load on the flatbed trailer, when the load (steel gates) fell and tragically crushed him. Andrew Bayley-Machin, 41, was fatally crushed after the steel gates fell approximately 10 ft from the trailer. The investigation by the HSE found that planning arrangements for restraining the load were inadequate. Heavy goods should be stable independent ...


Road Safety Week begins next week
Road Safety Week begins next week
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Every year, Road Safety Week 2022 sees thousands of schools, businesses and communities involved. The theme of Road Safety Week 2022 is SAFE ROADS FOR ALL, bringing together communities, businesses and professionals to shout out for everyone's right to make safe journeys on every road. Those involved in Road Safety Week share important information, raise awareness and help raise funds to help Brake care for road victims. TakeAIM and Good to Go Safety support #RoadSafetyWeek and with just ...


Managing Work-Related Stress and Mental Health
Managing Work-Related Stress and Mental Health
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a campaign called Working Minds last year, the campaign is aimed at providing employers and workers with advice and tools to help recognise the signs and causes of stress, anxiety and depression. Whether you're a small business or large corporation, the law requires all employers to carry out stress risk assessments and act upon the findings to prevent work related stress and support good mental health in the workplace. Statistics published b...


The leading cause of workplace fatality
The leading cause of workplace fatality
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As the lights flash in your eyes and the music pounds in your mind, the host of your favourite tv show faces you... here it comes, the bonus prize question. Your heart begins to pound as you realise that your chances of getting on the property ladder, comes down to this one simple question. What could it be. "What is the leading cause of work-related fatality?"... It spins in your head for what seems like minutes, echoing and getting ever louder. "What is the leading cause of work-related...


The Most Common Forklift Accidents and How to Prevent Them
The Most Common Forklift Accidents and How to Prevent Them
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Every year in the UK there are hundreds of serious injuries, including fatalities, to forklift truck operators and pedestrians, which could have been prevented if staff were properly trained and followed safe systems of work. Within the material handling industry alone, there are over 1,300 forklift truck accidents a year, which means on average there are five accidents every workday in the UK. When we look at statistics from the United States, these numbers are even more staggering with ...


Factory and Warehousing Safety Tips
Factory and Warehousing Safety Tips
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Factories and warehouses have numerous health and safety risks. If you fail to manage them, your business may face a number of different issues such as lost working days, injuries and in the worst case scenario, fatalities. As an employer, you are legally required to implement and maintain procedures that minimise these risks. Safety measures must protect workers from factory and warehousing hazards and enable workers to carry out their jobs safely. Maintaining good safety will not...


Man falls from Rollercoaster
Man falls from Rollercoaster
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A situation of nightmares comes true at Oakwood Theme Park in Wales on Sunday the 23rd October 2022. Riders of a rollercoaster heard "horrific screams" as a man and his teenage daughter held on for their lives after their support bars failed leaving them dangling from the carriage. Eye-witnesses said that the man fell to the ground with a "bang" and that his daughter was only saved from falling from the 26ft rollercoaster due to riders in another carriage. Aaron McCalmon, 47, sai...


1,759 road casualties linked to vehicle defects last year
1,759 road casualties linked to vehicle defects last year
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Defective and poorly-maintained vehicles were linked to 1,759 road casualties recorded in 2021. Issues such as defective lights, worn tyres and ineffective brakes caused a 7% rise on the previous year. The number of road casualties caused by defective / faulty vehicles in 2021 continued to be impacted by the UK restrictions following the coronavirus pandemic, including a period of lockdown in the first quarter of the year. There was a rise in casualty numbers compared to 2020, which was ...


Employee sustains extensive injuries after being dragged into machine
Employee sustains extensive injuries after being dragged into machine
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An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that a manufacturer of paper and cardboard (Amberset Limited) failed to regularly review safety measures on their machinery and equipment to ensure that access to hazardous parts was prevented. The HSE found that the safety of the paper rewinder had not been reviewed since August 1998. If Amberset Limited had conducted safety inspections on their machinery and equipment they would have spotted that the paper rewinder was not ...


A 64-year-old worker died after falling through cable tied guard rails
A 64-year-old worker died after falling through cable tied guard rails
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The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure was fined $125,000 in 2020 after a 64-year-old worker died, however a coroner's inquest into the death of the man has been set for next month - November 8 to 10 at Burton Law Courts. In 2020, the department plead guilty of failing to provide a safe working at height environment which could have saved the workers (James Martin) life. A jury and presiding coroner Emily Caissy will be given evidence from witnesses to determine the facts sur...


HSE inspections focussed on manufacturing sector
HSE inspections focussed on manufacturing sector
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have started targeting the manufacturing sector in an effort to ensure employers have suitable arrangements in place to manage health and safety and ensure they comply with the COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002). Inspections will be carried out to ensure Local Exhaust Ventilation, Water Suppressors and PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is in good working order. If any health and safety breaches are discovered, the HSE...


Worker left paralysed after platform plummet
Worker left paralysed after platform plummet
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A building owner has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after an employee was left paralysed when a platform he was working from plummeted to the ground. Whilst an employee was working on the platform, it fell to the ground floor without any warning, causing serious spinal and head injuries to a worker that resulted in paralysis of the lower half of the body. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the platform had not been adequately inspected and maintaine...


Roofer dies after fall from ladder
Roofer dies after fall from ladder
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A roofing contractor has been fined after an employee fell from a ladder and died at the scene. Whilst carrying roof tiles an employee slipped from a triple extending access ladder and fell to the ground, sustaining fatal injuries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the interlocking sections of the ladder they had been negotiating did not allow for three points of contact to be maintained, especially when a load was being carried: a single pole access ladd...


Road Casualty Statistics released by Government
Road Casualty Statistics released by Government
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The Government statistics released earlier today show a post-pandemic rise of road deaths and injuries in Britain. The full report can be viewed by clicking here. The number of reported road casualties in 2021 continued to be impacted by the national restrictions following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including a period of lockdown between January and March. Casualty numbers increased compared to 2020, which was also affected by the pandemic, but remained lower than the pre-pandem...


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