Manual Handling

Manual Handling Manual Handling is a way of transporting or supporting an object by hand or bodily force.  Some of the operations may include; Pushing, pulling, lifting, putting down, carrying or other means of moving a load.  In order to reduce risks, many precautions will need to take place. In the workplace Manual Handling will take… Read more »

Helping Your Employees With Mental Health Issues

Mental health problems have raised dramatically in the last few years.  At Safety Forward we believe it should be treated as important as a physical injury. In many workplaces, the problems are becoming more frequent.  In fact, mental health has now appeared to be the top cause of absence for employees within the workplace.  Did… Read more »

Will Health and Safety Accreditations help me win business?

Are you thinking about getting a H&S Accreditation such as Safecontractor or CHAS? Unsure whether it’s worth it? The benefits should definately be considered if you are looking to grow your trades business to the next level. For example, I recently delivered health and safety training to a local authority who insisted they only use… Read more »

There is no such thing as a fork lift truck license

When the Fork Lift Truck Association reviewed a random sample of Fork lift truck operator advertisements, 85% of the sample asked for a ‘forklift truck license’, which is a fictional document. When employers use this as the basis employees are trained to use forklifts without and providing no forklift training, this is very dangerous and… Read more »

The Most Common Forklift Accidents and How to Avoid Them

There are many risks that come with using forklifts. It is important for forklift operators and people working in environments where there are forklifts know what the risks are in order to avoid them. In this article, we will explain the most common forklift accidents and how these can be avoided. Horseplay Forklifts should never… Read more »

How To Keep Your Child Safe This Summer Holiday

The school holiday season is fast approaching, and although summer is a fun time it is also a time of year where you should be particularly cautious on your child safety, especially due to the crowded busy environment of the holidays. There are various steps that you can take in order to keep your child… Read more »

How important is off the job safety?

Ever heard of or considered off the job safety for your employees? Apparently off the job safety is becoming one of those buzz terms and gaining in popularity in many parts of the world. But, what is it and what benefit might it have to businesses? How much is absence costing you every year? Seemingly… Read more »

Engage any new starter with health and safety from day one

For a new starter in any business there’s a lot of information to take in immediately. As an employer you obviously want your new recruits to hit the ground running in their everyday role but it’s important that health and safety standards are emphasised from word go. A whole new world It’s never easy being… Read more »

Should you be wearing a dust mask?

The likelihood is that if you’re working in construction you should definitely be wearing a dust mask. Respirator dust masks these days are highly effective and are essential pieces of kit in hazardous environments. However, simply wearing a dust mask might not be enough. Are you wearing the correct type? Are you aware how to… Read more »

Health and safety learning helps workplace wellbeing

Training and learning, particularly health and safety, might not be the highest on your list of priorities. But, there is evidence to suggest that they can help to improve workplace wellbeing, impacting positively on the motivation and happiness of staff. Providing opportunities and workplace wellbeing Competition in the job market is particularly high these days…. Read more »

Using Christmas leftovers safely

Still burdened by Christmas leftovers? Rarely if ever do we manage to get through the mountain of food and drink that we buy for the festivities, although I’d guess the turkey sandwiches are finished by now? Minimise waste safely It makes perfect sense to minimise waste by looking to use up the Christmas leftovers but… Read more »

Elf and safety on the roof for Santa!

Just how does Santa Claus achieve what he does, all in one night, and never seemingly have an accident? Presumably Elf and Safety regulations in the North Pole are particularly stringent and designed to meet Santa’s requirements exactly. Given the fact that Santa visits around 108 million roofs at a speed of around 968 per… Read more »

Avoiding workplace hearing loss

Workplace hearing loss is one of the most common injuries reported amongst workers. So, what causes hearing loss and how can employers work to reduce the possibility of their workforce being affected? What causes hearing loss? Exposure to loud noise can cause the hair cells of the inner ear to collapse and flatten temporarily, resulting… Read more »

Office Christmas tree safety

Nothing really keeps the spirit of the season alive in the workplace as the office Christmas tree. As you might expect, there are health and safety hazards that can arise as a result of an office Christmas tree being erected. Office Christmas tree safety tips Although health and safety issues with your office Christmas tree… Read more »

Surviving the work Christmas Party

Ah ‘tis the season to be jolly at the work Christmas party! Although this might not be your archetypal Health & Safety blog, there’s probably some good advice to be had here somewhere along the line. In some respects if the worst thing that happens is that you end up with a hangover then you’ve… Read more »

Heighten your awareness of health and safety at Christmas

There is statistical evidence to suggest that you should certainly take more note of health and safety at Christmas and in the build up to it. Figures produced by the Health and Safety Executive covering the years 2014-2016 showed around 629,000 employees being injured at work. Interestingly in both years the numbers peaked in the… Read more »

Don’t underestimate the importance of sleep for health and safety

Underestimating the importance of sleep when you know you have a busy day coming up usually makes it difficult for you to perform at your best, whatever you do. When you work in an environment where health and safety concerns are prevalent, a lack of sleep can be disastrous. The 3Rs of sleep The UKs… Read more »

How to stay safe and healthy working outdoors in winter

Ok, so the clocks have only just gone back but it’s worth preparing if you’re one of those hardy souls who has to endure working outdoors in winter. Throw in a subtle mixture of the correct precautions, a bit of common sense and the following tips from Safety Forward and we’ll see you right! What… Read more »

Can daylight saving time affect drivers?

The onset of daylight saving time at this point in the year marks the official move into wintertime. Are you someone who looks forward to an extra hour in bed or who sees it as an opportunity to stay up an hour later? It’s only an hour… The effect of daylight saving time can actually… Read more »

How does dehydration affect drivers?

Does your driver and fleet safety policy make note of the effects of dehydration? In truth it’s not the most obvious of issues to address but research carried out by the University of Loughborough suggests that maybe it should be. Heightened possibility of mistakes The study, carried out by the University of Loughborough, published in… Read more »

Strive to be happy in your work

Would you say you’re happy in your work? You might be forgiven that this is pushing the boundaries of health and safety a little too far, but the knock on effect can be very effective. Maybe you think that searching for happiness at work is akin to the pursuit of the Holy Grail but it… Read more »

What are the telltale signs of stress?

Everyone will have cause to experience stress at some point in his or her life. For many, stress is a constant companion, maybe bought about by a situation at work or home. Quite often the signs are very obvious whereas with other people it can be harder to spot. It may be that you’re good… Read more »

Alton Towers in Court

The owners of Alton Towers have been fined £5million with costs of £69,955.40 following a rollercoaster collision which left 16 people injured, a number of them seriously. Two young women on the Smiler ride suffered leg amputations and others suffered severe injuries when their carriage collided with a stationary carriage on the same track on… Read more »

Health and Safety for temporary workers

Health and Safety requirements apply to everyone within a business, it doesn’t matter if they’re permanent or temporary workers. In fact, in many cases, particularly if temporary workers have been supplied by a third party agency, there may be more thought required to ensure that health and safety requirements are being met. Open lines of… Read more »

Adhering to the law on food contamination

Understanding and adhering to the laws regarding food contamination are essential for anyone involved in the food industry. Some foods can contain naturally occurring harmful chemicals, albeit at low levels, but minimising such levels is important particularly in products such as honey, dried fruits, peanuts, peanut butter and fish. Defining contaminants Food contamination occurs when… Read more »

Ways to engage staff in health and safety training

Working to engage staff in any form of training is essential in order for it to be effective and health and safety is no different. As with any form of training you want your message to be embraced and adopted amongst the people affected by and administering the information. An imaginative approach Being imaginative in… Read more »

How does the Food Hygiene Rating System work?

The FHRS (Food Hygiene Rating System) is designed to help people choose where to shop for food, or to go out and eat, by noting how seriously businesses take the standard of their food hygiene. It can apply to businesses such as pubs, restaurants, cafés, hotels, takeaways and supermarkets. How does it work? Following an… Read more »

Building an effective health and safety training programme

If you were to put together a checklist of best practice things companies should consider, health and safety training will no doubt feature on the list somewhere. However providing effective health and safety training should not be merely another tick in the box. Tailored to the needs The fact is that health and safety training… Read more »

How being a parent has helped to hone your health and safety skills

There are many, well-known advantages to being a parent. But have you ever considered what skills you are developing whilst bringing up children? Those moments of careful negotiation to get baby or toddler to bed may well be really useful out in the world of work, and those seemingly devious strategies you employed in order… Read more »

Healthy eyesight for the road

It might sound obvious but as a driver your eyesight is a pretty important tool. That vehicle you’re in control of is a large intimidating beast and those around you have faith that you’re fit to handle it. They have respect and belief in your ability but, if you start to suspect that maybe it’s… Read more »

Wearable technology for on-site health and safety

If you haven’t been living under a rock for a few years, you will most likely have heard about the recent obsession with wearable technology. You’ll see many people boasting their smart watch as they walk around town, or others jogging past wearing a fitness band. The world of health and safety is also getting… Read more »

Standing up to workplace health issues

As health and wellbeing become increasingly more important within the modern world, maybe the time has come to be standing up to the issues that threaten them, literally! Standing up for health The term active office is becoming more prevalent especially in many Scandinavian countries where companies are actively looking to discourage workers from spending… Read more »

Can you really prevent an accident?

Can you really prevent an accident? Of course you can! Throughout our lives we’re always reminded to expect the unexpected, this can also be applied to accidents, since we wouldn’t expect to trip over or make a simple mistake that causes a problem. So, by monitoring the risk that something may happen, could such accidents… Read more »

All you need to know about Dehydration

The definition for dehydration is when the body loses more fluid than it takes in. It is easy to imagine this happening to someone who is exercising intensely, or is in a hot environment. But some people may not realise that it is possible to become dehydrated in the normal workplace. The body gets rid… Read more »

Food Safety – Meat

Many fridges and freezers are always well stocked with meat intended for the barbecues in the summer or the festive period, but ultimately not used. Particularly where meat is concerned, there’s no reason why much of it still can’t be used but it’s important to be sure about what are the right and wrong things… Read more »

Putting a shift in? Make it a healthy one!

Many people are employed in shift work across the UK. We live now in a very much 24/7 society with fewer restraints on working hours and flexibility actively encouraged. However, it’s long been the belief that shift work can be damaging to health and wellbeing. Shift work is defined as employment that starts prior to… Read more »

Take a break to increase productivity

When you’re busy at work, the last thing on your mind is taking a break. The last thing you want to do 1s to ruin the momentum you’ve built up. Take a break? Pause for thought? Take time out? No chance! But the reality is that heavy workloads, long hours sat at as desk or… Read more »

Keep healthy when you’re out on the road

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle whilst working out on the road can be a quite a challenge. A driving career is pretty unique and means arranging your lifestyle around your job. There are certainly many positives but maintaining a healthy work/life balance is essential. Tips for staying healthy – Identify the need to be healthy and… Read more »

Levels of mental illness increasing in the construction sector

Mental illness isn’t selective or choosy in its selection process. So, with cases of mental illness becoming more prevalent across society generally, it’s fair to assume that within each industry sector, figures will reflect this. The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) carried out a survey at their recent conference and the results… Read more »

The quest for productivity and less sick leave

Sick leave amongst workers in the UK has long been a cause for concern and with it showing no sign of letting up, has the time come to look at ways at making the workplace a happier environment for all that set foot within it? The UKs workforce takes more sick leave than any of… Read more »

Why I chose a career in health and safety

I didn’t always plan to have a career in health  and safety. My friends and family are often bemused that there is actually a serious side to me. You see, I am a bit of a dare devil. Nothing too crazy, but I do enjoy equestrian sports and the odd day swinging from a tree… Read more »

Shropshire health & safety in the news

Safety Forward are Health and Safety Consultants covering Shropshire & Staffordshire. This story hit the regional headlines this week regarding a haulage company. The owner of a Shropshire haulage and shot blasting company has been prosecuted for safety failings after an employee suffered extensive injuries in an unguarded machine. Shrewsbury Crown Court today heard that… Read more »

Why choose Safety Forward? Our promise to you.

Looking for a Health and Safety Consultant in the Midlands? Safety Forward provides an excellent outsourced health and safety service to small and medium sized businesses that choose not to, or are not in a position to employ a health and safety manager. We also have extensive experience with large companies that choose to use our services…. Read more »

Safety Forward welcomes Carolyn Dukes to the team.

At Safety Forward we are pleased to have Carolyn Dukes on board for 2016! Carolyn has a career background in law enforcement, education, audit and finance, with experience of applied health and safety management in a diverse range of work activities. These include specialist areas such as overseas working, dealing with conflict, audit, office working,… Read more »

Why is asbestos training so important?

  A self employed heating engineer has been fined after removing asbestos lagged pipework in a domestic property with no precautions to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres. Karl Locher pleaded guilty at Trafford Magistrates’ Court after an investigation by the Health and safety Executive (HSE). Mr Locher, was employed to install a new heating system… Read more »

Cheshire builder fined for safety failings

  A Cheshire builder has been sentenced after pleading guilty to multiple health and safety issues at a site in Altrincham where he was carrying out a shop conversion into three apartments. Peter Lawrence was running the building works at the former Ernill Butchers shop on Kingsway in Altrincham, where he now lives in one… Read more »

Top 3 tips to prevent your staff taking health and safety short cuts.

    The HSE has reported on a case this week where an employee sustained injuries after the interlock of machine guard had been tampered with. The system had been overridden meaning the employee was working on a potentially dangerous lathe. This case was discussed on LinkedIn where health and safety professionals gave their view… Read more »

Are you protecting your younger workforce?

                          In last few weeks there has been a new court case reported involving a young worker. Grundfos Pumps Limited, Leighton Buzzard, Bedford, pleaded guilty to safety failings after a trainee design engineer sadly lost his life. On 30 March 2009, 19-year-old trainee… Read more »

Are you missing something from your work at height risk assessment?

By Wednesday this week (20th May 2015) there were already six prosecutions on the HSE website where people had fallen from height whilst a work. There is no doubt that it’s an activity that needs to be carefully planned and risk assessed. There aren’t many hands on trade jobs that don’t involve an element of… Read more »

5 Common LOLER Questions

I am a specialist in work at height risk management and provide health and safety support to a variety of different businesses UK wide. The Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. For those who work at height, LOLER compliance will… Read more »

Take the hard work out of your health and safety. Keep it simple!

You would be surprised how many of my new clients have  felt like the health and safety aspect of their business management is dragging them down. Whilst directors and managers strive to keep their everyday business running smoothly, sometimes the health and safety stuffs just goes to the bottom of the pile! If you think… Read more »

There’s a hole in my audit dear Liza……

During 2014 I have had the pleasure of working with some great forward thinking businesses in the West Midlands. Some of them had wide success in growing their business, whilst others have found last recession a real challenge to keep turnover going. Some of those who have put health and safety systems in place a… Read more »

Staff Health & Safety Induction. What should it include?

    Are you a small company looking to recruit more staff in the new year? Getting your induction process right is key setting the standards and getting a good professional and productive culture in the early days of your business. When it comes to health & safety, the information and training you provide your… Read more »

Apprenticeships. My tips for getting prepared for 2015

  Businesses are growing in the West Midlands and that’s a fact! Throughout 2015 the economy looks set to steadily rise and the ongoing growth initiatives from government will support local companies in seeking ways to expand. Apprenticeships are an attractive option for many organisations looking to gain and retain new employees in the work… Read more »

The benefits of good health and safety leadership

  Last week I was busy preparing for my next IOSH Managing Safely Course in Walsall, West Midlands. Whist I had a half hour to spare I popped in to a tyre fitting centre for a quote. I got chatting the manager behind the counter about my job in health and safety. As the conversation… Read more »

When advice is ignored it sometimes back fires.

      In the news this week a Grimsby construction company has been fined for safety breaches and ordered to pay compensation, after a worker suffered serious leg injuries while installing piles for a new school science block.  HSE found the pile cropper hired by Topcon was only suitable for piles with a single, steel… Read more »

Companies prosecuted for safety failings after worker crushed

  Two Derbyshire companies have been fined for safety failings after a worker was crushed whilst dismantling steelwork. Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (3 November) that the 47-year-old man from Chesterfield was employed to dismantle surplus steelwork and associated fittings for MMD Mining Machinery Developments Ltd at premises in Cotes Park Lane, Somercotes, when the… Read more »

Scaffold firm owner ‘put lives at risk’

    The owner of a Surrey-based scaffolding firm has been prosecuted after himself and an employee were caught on camera balancing on a single rail at nine metres above ground. Photos of the incident at a three-storey office in Horley on 4 February 2014, were taken by a member of the public who was… Read more »

South London waste firm’s ‘dismal’ safety record

A south-east London waste firm has been prosecuted due to repeatedly putting its employees at risk of injury, or even death, from use of heavy machinery that was continuously left in a dangerous condition. Today, Westminster Magistrates  (5th Nov) heard that the Health and Safety Executive have had to serve Greenwich-based Murphys (Waste) Ltd with… Read more »

Planning for the Future – Chance 2013 Ltd

  For the last two weeks I have had the pleasure of working with a Shropshire based recruitment agency Chance 2013 Ltd. The company are leaders in placing ex-offenders in to the workplace across a variety of industries. Our mutual love of horses led us to form our productive working partnership! Chance 2013 Ltd have… Read more »

One shoe fits all?

  Road Safety week is  17th-23rd November 2014 and UK businesses are being encouraged to get involved to make our road users and drivers safer. Whilst we generally concentrate on our driving skills and how many of us really think about whether our footwear is suitable in the prevention of accidents? One in four accidents… Read more »

Don’t Trip Up – Do Your Safety Footwear Homework

    Don’t Trip Up –  Do Your Safety Footwear Homework   Cuts and broken toes or feet, punctures of the soles of the feet, sprains and twisted ankles, electric shock, crushed or broken feet, burns.  Not a pleasant sounding list, but these are just some of the common workplace injuries posed to workers across… Read more »

County Durham firm fined over worker’s severe burns

A County Durham firm has been sentenced after a worker suffered serious burns to his face, hand and arm when he was struck by a jet of hot molten plastic. John Calcutt was helping clear solidified plastic from a large plastic injection moulding machine at Ebac Ltd, in Newton Aycliffe, when the incident happened on… Read more »

Contractor fined for worker’s 60ft tree fall

A tree surgeon dislocated his hip after falling more than 18 metres to the ground when the limb of a diseased tree he was working on gave way, a court heard today. Daniel Hunt, 40, from Lydney, also suffered cuts and bruising in the incident at Courtfield Drive, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, on 18 April 2013…. Read more »

Large fine for Portsmouth barge operator after gas incident

A barge operator has been ordered to pay almost £111,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to a breach of maritime legislation after a gas incident. Portsmouth Crown Court heard that, on 6 July 2011, crew on the Portsmouth-based Serco barge smelled the distinctive odour of hydrogen sulphide. A crewman used a gas detector… Read more »

Risk management and assessing course for the rural industry

Our next Risk Management Training Course is focusing on the rural business sector. Whether you are a arborist, landscaper or agricultural contractor this course is for you. Risk Assessments are not only a legal requirement but also a business winner. Whether you are looking at making sure you have your workers properly covered or tendering… Read more »

Our next IOSH Managing Safely Course starts 21/11/2014 in Staffordshire

Our next IOSH Managing Safely Course is being run from Chasewater Innovation Centre and starts on 21st November 2014 every Friday for 4 weeks. You can book direct by visiting: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/safety-forward-ltd-7509798165 The IOSH Managing Safely course is designed for managers and supervisors, of any organisation or sector. IOSH Managing Safely is a 4-day course aimed… Read more »

Safety Forward supports McMillan coffee morning

Safety Forward is proud to be supporting McMillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 4th October at Wheaton Aston Village Hall 11am until 1pm. Come along and have a coffee and a chat with a friendly group of people. A number of prizes have been donated and there will be a selection of delicious case on offer…. Read more »

Put health & safety high on your business agenda in October 2014

Are you a business owner needing to put your health & safety arrangements in place? Already have a health & safety consultant but not receiving the support you need? Safety Forward are offering a number a discounted H&S packages during October 2014. If you are thinking about health & safety but have put it off… Read more »

Roofers in court for work at height failings

A West London roofing firm found itself in court after it allowed employees to work on roofs with no safety measures to protect them from potentially fatal falls. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted HR Roofing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (17 Sept) after seeing the dangerous practices in operation at two sites, one in… Read more »

Care home operator fined following death of resident

A Hertfordshire care home operator has been fined after a resident with clinical dementia was suffocated by an unsecure wardrobe. Mrs Claire Hughes, 64, died as a result of compression asphyxia following the incident at The Chase Care Home in Printers Avenue, Watford, on 23 December 2011. The home was run by Borehamwood-based Life Style… Read more »

Exploding vessel leads to court for Kidderminster carpet company and engineering inspection firm

  A Kidderminster carpet company and a Surrey-based firm have been fined after a large pressure vessel, in which carpet fibres are dyed and processed, exploded, propelling the vessel’s quarter-tonne lid six metres into the air. No-one was injured in the incident at Brinton Carpets Ltd’s site at Halesfield, Telford on 4 June 2013, but… Read more »

Landlord in court for gas safety failings

An Accrington landlord has been ordered to pay nearly £60,000 in fines and costs after he ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check at a house he owned. Tariq Ali was given several opportunities by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to arrange an inspection for a property on Persia Street after… Read more »

Is a work-life-balance all it’s cracked up to be?

  I was out with some friends last night at the local pub discussing how easy it is to let work completely take over your life. Both friends work in law enforcement and are feeling the strain of budget cuts, longer working hours and a greater work load that is all too common in the… Read more »

Safety Forward is now on the OSHCR Register

  Great New! Safety Forward Ltd is now on the OSHCR Register. This register is only available to consultants who meet high standards and are fully qualified to give health and safety advice. If you want to know how Safety Forward can help your business contact us here. To see our entry on the register click… Read more »

The business benefits of contractor accreditation

Have you recently started to explore the benefits of CHAS, SSIP or Safecontractor? Are you starting to tender for bigger contracts as your business develops? Accreditation is the seal of approval that your company takes health and safety seriously, your employees work in a professional manner and you apply high standards to the safe delivery… Read more »

E-Cigarettes warning. Is your workplace protected?

A man was killed when a charging E-cigarette exploded and ignited oxygen equipment he is believed to have been using, Merseyside’s fire service said. The 63 year old victim was found in the living room of a house in Penkett Road, Wallasey. A small fire in the bedroom of the property had gone out before… Read more »

Safety Forward is now licensed to deliver IOSH Managing Safely

    Great news! Safety Forward Ltd is now licensed to deliver IOSH Managing Safely. This 4 day course can be delivered in house for up to 15 people or at our classroom in the West Midlands. To find out more please contact us here. 

Health & Safety – More than just a folder on a shelf

    Your health & safety system is not just a folder on a shelf or a few documents on your computer, its about how your employees do their job safely and effectively. As an employer you work hard to make your business a success, so use your health and safety system as a part… Read more »

Ely mushroom farm sentenced over worker’s arm injury

  Ely mushroom farm sentenced over worker’s arm injury. A mushroom farming business has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered crush injuries when his arm was caught in unguarded machinery at a site in Cambridgeshire. The employee of Littleport Mushroom Farm LLP, who does not wish to be named, was working on… Read more »

Safety Forward is proud to be associated with SDH Training LTD

      Safety Forward has joined forces with Wolverhampton based SDH Training Ltd as its preferred Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor facility provider and trainer.  Organisations involved in the road transport of dangerous goods, or related loading and unloading, are required to appoint a qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA). The DGSA must pass the relevant… Read more »

Property firm fined after ignoring woodworking risks

High Peak Remedial Services Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after it failed to comply with an enforcement notice requiring its wood dust extractor to be properly tested. Trafford Magistrates’ Court was told an HSE inspector issued an Improvement Notice during a routine visit to the Park Road workshop on 13… Read more »

Death rates fall as the UK economy recovers

  Britain’s death rates are falling as the UK economy starts to improve. Between April 2013 and March 2014 there was 133 deaths compared with 150 people the previous year according to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Britain has one of the lowest worker death rates among Europe’s leading industrial nations over the last eight… Read more »

Common Working at Height Questions Answered

I’m a manager, how do I judge if someone is competent to work at height? You should make sure that people with sufficient skills, knowledge and experience are employed to perform the task, or, if they are being trained, that they work under the supervision of somebody competent to do it. In the case of… Read more »

Worker hurt in jump from platform

A 63-year-old employee of a salad growing firm suffered a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage when she had to leap from an out of control mobile working platform, a court has heard. Chelmsford Crown Court was told how Zofia Jurek was working for Valley Grown Nurseries Ltd in Nazeing, Essex, on 25 July 2013 when… Read more »

Safety Training in a Changing Workforce

Britain’s workforce is changing and so are the methods used to train people. People are now working way beyond their sixties whilst government incentives are encouraging more companies to take on young apprentices. So how does that affect you? You may want to consider the following when sourcing health and safety training for your modern… Read more »

Health & Safety Traits of a Good Manager

During the last 10 years of being involved in health & safety, I have worked with managers across many different business functions to help them make improvements in their workplace. Recent weeks have seen me spend time with some really productive and successful companies who strive to retain and develop their workforce. I have reflected… Read more »

Health & Safety in Business Growth

Has your business and productivity started to grow? Are you increasing your workforce and investing in new equipment? If so, now is a good time to start considering whether your current health and safety systems are adequate. Here are some pointers; Does current or new equipment feature in your site risk assessment. If not, take… Read more »

Fire fighters strike proposal

There is a proposed fire fighters strike in the near future. Advice for businesses at this time is to: Review your current fire risk assessment Check your detection systems Make sure escape plans are in place and employees know them Avoid arson risks, such as rubbish left around. More detailed information can be found on… Read more »

IOSH Managing Safety

Safety Forward are proud to announce it will be delivering IOSH Managing Safety from August 2014. Watch this page for future dates.

Fall from height fine for Glasgow company

A Glasgow-based company has been given a fine for safety failings after a worker was left paralysed from the neck down when he fell around three metres from the top of a gritter. Colin Shields, 34, of Cumbernauld, was standing on top of a gritter at Inex Works Ltd’s premises in a bid to help… Read more »