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.

Worker crushed at London Heathrow Airport
Worker crushed at London Heathrow Airport
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) conducted an investigation after an employee of Dnata Ltd was crushed to death at London Heathrow Airport on the 23rd February 2022. The incident occurred during the unloading of baggage containers from an Emirates Airbus which had arrived from Dubai. The employee walked underneath a high loader (a raised platform similar to a scissor lift) in order to access the other side of a trailer. At the same time the high-loader operator lowered one of its tw...


Why you should complete daily forklift inspections
Why you should complete daily forklift inspections
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Forklift truck inspections can increase productivity by up to 25%. Additionally it will reduce breakdowns by 70% and lowers forklift truck maintenance costs by 25%. Depending on the type of forklift truck, costs and technical sophistication, a broad spectrum of maintenance strategies should be applied. A faulty forklift truck may significantly slow or completely halt your entire production process. Poor maintenance strategies can reduce the overall productive capacity of a warehouse by 5...


Worker crushed to death by overhead crane load
Worker crushed to death by overhead crane load
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A 46-year-old worker was crushed to death by two granite slabs whilst working for Graniteland Limited at the company’s Lyde Green site in Halesowen. An investigation by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) found that the incident which occurred on the 30th November 2020 could have been avoided with the correct training and maintenance procedures. The investigation found that Robert Czachracz, who was from Poland, had been moving the granite slabs onto storage racks, using an over...


Workers arm dragged into machine at textile factory
Workers arm dragged into machine at textile factory
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A textiles company has been fined £60,000 after an employee suffered serious injuries their right arm in an incident at a factory operated by Pin Croft Dyeing and Printing Co. Limited in Market Street, Adlington, on 20 June 2022. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the employee had been operating a large fabric spooling machine when the brake malfunctioned. During an attempt to manually slow the rotation of the machine, he broke both major bones in his forearm ...


Tyre tread statistics
Tyre tread statistics
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A fascinating report courtesy of TyreSafe Admin National Highways Imperial College London looking at tread depth survey at the point of tyre replacement. The 2023 findings show an overall reduction in the number of illegal and borderline tyres at the point of replacement compared to 2016 but 16.7% of tyres were below the legal limit when replaced. The 2023 findings confirm the number of illegal tyres on Britain’s roads annually is potentially as many as nearly one-in-four vehicles – at just over...


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...


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...


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...


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...


DVSA Van Statistics
DVSA Van Statistics
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The UK uses more that three and a half million vans for business activities. As part of targeted roadside checks, the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) stop around 15,000 vans each year to carry out spot checks on vehicles and issue prohibitions if necessary. A prohibition prevents van drivers from using the vehicle until the problem is fixed and can cost owners and operators up to £4,000 per day, per vehicle. 59.9% of vehicle prohibitions were due to a mechanical defect / failure an...


Fleet management – a guide to who, what, why and how
Fleet management – a guide to who, what, why and how
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Anyone involved with driving for work or for the management of fleet vehicles should find our latest guide of interest as it highlights ways for businesses to improve vehicle inspections and management. This TakeAIM guide provides useful advice on getting the most out of your fleet and covers many of the key questions and considerations that management may come across. We look at key legislation, industry statistics, grey fleet issues, and driver concerns as we aim to deliver the answers and ...


Sometimes it's "Good to Go" around in Circles
Sometimes it's "Good to Go" around in Circles
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It’s not always obvious where to start with managing driver risk. After all, there are so many different areas that need to be tackled. And how do we know whether what we’re doing is good or bad, or whether we have any glaring gaps. It’s easy to feel like we’re just going round in circles. There is a simple process that can help you, based around four easy-to-understand steps: 1. Benchmarking – Do I need to improve? 2. Gap Analysis – If I need to improve, where do I start? 3. Action – How ...


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 ...


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 ...


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...


It's National Scaffolding Week
It's National Scaffolding Week
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In support of #ScaffWeek (26-30th Sept) Good to Go Safety are providing a discount on all online orders for Scaffolding products between 26-30th September 2022.  Good to Go Safety and TakeAIM provide products to ensure users / hirers can inspect and maintain their Scaffolding (along with limitless other equipment types). Shockingly there were 90 RIDDOR accidents reported by NASC members during 2021. You only have to keep one eye on HSE reports to notice the regularity of accidents reg...


Maintaining Work Equipment
Maintaining Work Equipment
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Since January the 1st 2021 the rules and procedures regarding work place maintenance of machinery and equipment has changed. In order to ensure that work place machinery and equipment doesn't deteriorate to the extent that it may put people in harms way, employers are required by PUWER (The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) to maintain it to a good standard. Effective maintenance of work place machinery and equipment can not only help businesses meet the expectations o...


Improve your inspection and maintenance process
Improve your inspection and maintenance process
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Inspections and maintenance of workplace equipment such as forklifts, ladders, pallet trucks, racking etc is a vitally important process to ensure equipment remains in a safe condition. Now we've made keeping track of maintenance and inspection schedules even easier with our range of inspection and maintenance stations. You can ensure your employees have access to their pre-use equipment checklists at all times by providing them with a central location to store their checklists. When employee...


TakeAIM Updates
TakeAIM Updates
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As more and more customers sign up to TakeAIM and discover the benefits it can bring, so we receive more requests and suggestions for additional features to enhance the system. Over the past 12 months we have been asked for a number of improvements to the dashboard area and we are delighted to announce that the following updates are now live and available for you to check out– just sign in to your dashboard to access the updates: Following the latest updates you can now see the list of overd...


4 Million Inspection Checklists Sold
4 Million Inspection Checklists Sold
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To date, Good to Go Safety have supplied over 4 million checklists to companies around the UK. If you don’t currently know about our multi-award winning inspection systems, you may be wondering why so many people insist on utilising Good to Go Safety rather than simply printing their own checklists in-house? The answers are numerous …. 1. Safety First From a safety perspective, there is a requirement under PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations), LOLER (Lifting Operation...


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