Environment, Training, Health and Safety January 2011
Friday 11th February 2011
Following a targeted inspection campaign in the area in October 2010, the HSE is sponsoring a free forum on ‘Workshop Transport and Lifting Operations Safety’ in Bradford. Run by the Bradford Area Occupational Heath & Safety Forum, the event will examine workplace transport issues and look at lifting equipment regulations as well as the ‘provision and use of work equipment’. A speaker will also give a trades union perspective.
An EU-funded programme for companies in the North East, designed to improve supply chain efficiency through the implementation of new systems and practices has helped participating firms win new business, create jobs, make savings and improve bottom line by as much as £10m. The project, delivered by NAC Group, helped 58 organisations in its first year.
A Broken Pallet award illustrates the risks of combining lone working with unsafe practice. A quarry owner in the Cotswolds was prosecuted by the HSE, convicted and fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when stones he was loading onto the forks of a forklift truck fell onto his lower body. The court found that the work had not been properly planned and should not have been undertaken by a single worker.
The Future Value Chain programme, facilitated by the Consumer Goods Forum in conjunction with Capgemini, HP and Microsoft, has produced a report aimed at benefitting consumers. Key areas include shared supply chain optimisation, sustainability, technological enablement and consumer health and wellbeing. Executives from retail, manufacturing, academia and the logistics sector produced the report entitled ‘2020 Future Value Chain: Building Strategies for the New Decade’.