Worker Seriously Injured on First Day Due to Insufficient Lift Truck Training

Worker Seriously Injured on First Day Due to Insufficient Lift Truck Training

An agency worker sustained serious, life changing injuries following a lift truck incident on his first day at work. On 18th May 2017, the 27 year old worker arrived for his first day at work for H & M Distribution Limited in Cheltenham, as a multi drop delivery driver. After receiving a brief induction, the driver went on to successfully make his first drop. When attempting to make his second delivery, he found that the address he had been provided with was incorrect, meaning he was unable to deliver a consignment of 12 beer kegs. During his next delivery, the worker used a pallet truck located in the back of his lorry to manoeuvre the 12 beer kegs, which were blocking access to the next load on his list.

The courts heard how it was during this manoeuvre that the worker fell backwards off the raised tail lift and fell to the ground, several kegs fell from the back of the lorry, landing on top of the driver. He suffered serious injuries, including a traumatic brain injury and facial fractures, and was required to have metal plates inserted into his skull after the incident.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the agency worker had no previous experience of operating a tail lift or pallet truck similar to the ones involved in the incident. Before undertaking any work, he was not made aware of how to operate a pallet truck on a tail lift and no practical training in the safe use of the machinery was given. HSE stated that as an employer, H & M Distribution failed to carry out competence training and look into previous experience of the agency worker.Due to these failures and insufficient training given, H & M Distribution Limited of Newton Le Willows, Warrington pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1) of the HSWA 1974. They received a fine of £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,203.14.Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector, Berenice Ray, said: “Employers who use agency workers or contractors have a responsibility to firstly establish the workers’ competence, taking into account their level of experience and familiarity with the work and work equipment, and then provide the appropriate level of training to ensure the work is done safely. If appropriate training had been provided, the life-changing injuries sustained by the agency worker could have been prevented.”

Worker killed by forklift truck

Worker killed by forklift truck

Leeds-based, Woodlands Homecare Ltd, has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker was killed by a forklift. Andrew Hanshaw, age 44, died after being struck by a side loader forklift truck.

At the shed manufacturing company in Rodley, the worker was pushing a trolley before being struck by the forklift that had been unloading a delivery vehicle.

According to the Yorkshire Post, Woodlands Homecare Ltd. of Railway House, Calverley Lane, Rodley pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £233,334 with £21,620 in costs.

Rachel Brittain, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector commented after the hearing saying: “This was a tragic and wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the company to implement the findings of their own transport plan”.

Vehicles at work continue to be a major cause of fatal and major injuries. Every year there are over 5,000 incidents involving transport in the workplace. About 50 of these result in people being killed.


RTITB Instructors course

RTITB Instructors course

RTITB Instructors courses – February 2019

We are running another ten day RTITB Instructors course in January, this course is already fully booked. We are now taking bookings for the February course. The course start date is Monday 11th February and the exam date is Friday 22nd February.  If you would like to book a place on either the ten day course or the three day re-registration course for existing instructors, give Amy a call on 01452 548848.

We have a very high pass rate and we guarantee to beat your existing quote.

Hand Pallet Trucks

Hand Pallet Trucks

HSE clarifies hand pallet truck requirements

Responding to confusion over LOLER requirements in the marketplace, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has confirmed the Consolidated Fork Truck Services (CFTS) position that hand pallet trucks with maximum lifting heights below 300 mm are not subject to LOLER.

It’s a view which has been long held by CFTS, the body behind a UK national standard for the Thorough Examination of lift trucks.

CFTS chairman Geoff Martin adds: “Since these types of hand pallet trucks transport, rather than lift, our position has always been that they shouldn’t be subject to Thorough Examination. We’re pleased that the HSE shares this view.”

The clarification appears within the June 2018 update to the HSE’s Safe use of lifting equipment. Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (L113). The publication is free-to-download from:

The revised guidance states that LOLER applies to “high-lift pallet trucks, both manual and powered, that have the ability to raise the forks above 300 mm.”

CFTS advises that while LOLER is not applicable to hand pallet trucks, it’s important to ensure equipment complies with PUWER – which covers safety elements, such as brakes and steering.

Mr Martin concludes: “Satisfying LOLER and PUWER requirements is a significant responsibility for companies employing lift trucks… and it’s a source of great confusion for those who oversee that aspect. That’s why we are always available and ready to offer the advice that ensure companies operating lift trucks stay on the right side of the Law.”

The Sky’s the Limit

The Sky’s the Limit

Heliflight Flying School at Staverton Airport

Congratulations to our Director, Kay Herbert on passing her final Helicopter pilots theory exam. Kay is the owner of Global FLT but in her spare time likes to fly helicopters.  Once she had got the bug she decided to take her Private Pilots Licence.  The practical side of flying the Robinson R22 helicopter is fairly straightforward and Kay soon mastered the basics, including auto rotation which is where the engine is switched off whilst you are airborne and you have to control the helicopter and land it safely without engine power….. don’t panic!!

The most difficult part of getting the private pilots licence is all the theory side, there are nine exams that must be undertaken, and passed:

  • Air Law
  • Aircraft General Knowledge
  • Flight Planning & Performance
  • Human Performance & Limitations
  • Meteorology
  • Navigation
  • Operational Procedures
  • Principles of Flight
  • Communications


Well done Kay, we are very proud of you.  It cannot be easy to fit all of this studying in whilst running the company, carrying out training courses and also being a full time mum.  I wonder what your next challenge will be?