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Learning your Health & Safety lessons

28 June 2023

  • “Simple control measures would have prevented this accident . . . “
  • “Easy steps can be taken to reduce the risk of visiting drivers becoming injured on site.”

Both of the above are comments from Health & Safety Inspectors in recent court cases in which professional drivers, whilst unloading, have been seriously injured and – in some cases – killed. Sadly, you don’t have to look too far to find regular reports of similar cases in the transport press.

All of which means that having an embedded Health & Safety (H&S) policy must be an essential part of your business. Apart from the natural human desire to prevent one of your colleagues coming to any harm, there is a more hard-nosed business protection argument. If the worst happens there’s loss of reputation and the not inconsiderable cost of fines and compensation.

Driver Hire Training offers a selection of Health & Safety courses and is an approved Institute of Safety & Health (IOSH) training provider. Courses are delivered in a virtual classroom by an experienced tutor, making arranging training for yourself and your colleagues easy, convenient and very worthwhile.

John Keelan-Edwards, Managing Director, Driver Hire Training said, “‘Managing Safely’ is a three-day course designed for people in a management role. It covers pretty much everything you need to know about H&S to meet IOSH standards. The course covers: assessing risk; recognising hazards and – if things do go wrong – how to investigate and improve H&S to prevent a repeat. Improved H&S improves productivity because there are fewer hours lost to sickness and accidents and it gives you a better company-wide safety culture.”

For drivers and other employees, there’s a ‘Working Safely’ course, ideal for anyone in a working role who needs to learn the basics of H&S. There’s also a management refresher course which includes a ‘Plan – Do – Check – Act’ approach.

John continues. “According to Health & Safety Executive (HSE) figures, in 2021/22, 16 truck drivers were killed whilst loading or unloading their vehicle. In addition, across the whole of the workforce, there were over 500,000 self-reported injuries at work – that’s 1790 self-reported injuries per 100,000 workers. There were 61,000 injuries reported by employers. Significant numbers. Breaking it down into accident types, 18% occurred whilst handling, lifting, or carrying; 11% were the result of being hit by an object and 8%, falling from height. All risks faced by truck drivers out of their cab. It is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that H&S management in the workplace is always a priority. Good training has a central role to play in achieving that.”