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Health & Safety – Safe Loading

1 Sep 2010

Drivers can expect a greater focus on load safety and security if their vehicle is stopped at the roadside. The HSE have released figures stating that 1200 people per year are injured during the loading or unloading of vehicles.
A substantial number of these accidents occurred as individuals climbed onto a vehicle to deal with a load that had shifted.  Further injuries occurred as people were struck by falling objects, when opening doors or curtains of a vehicle.
HSE advice states the only way to adequately secure the load was to ensure it was attached to the chassis via chains or straps and that curtains only provide protection from weather, they are not a means of restraint.

Self-Employed brought into scope for Working Time Directive?

31 Aug 2010

Wttl are receiving calls from concerned operators, with regard to the EU Parliament rejecting the exclusion of the self-employed from the WT Directive in June.  This rejection leaves two options for the European Commission:

1)      Introduce a new proposal
2)      Let the full effects of the directive come into force.
Under option one the provisions for the self employed will be suspended until a new proposal is considered.  
With option two the commission will have to advise Member States when the directive will apply for the self employed, as the date in the original directive has already passed. This latter position remains the case until the Commission issues clarification.

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Wttl Awarded Apprentice Contract

1 Aug 2010

Whilst Wttl have been delivering Logistics Apprentices for the past 8 years, these have been funded via a local college. This year, based on the work completed under Train to Gain, the Skills funding Agency have awarded Wttl with a direct funding stream to deliver a range of apprenticeships covering:

Warehouse & Storage
Driving Goods Vehicles
Traffic Office Operations

All Wttl need now is your help in recruiting suitable candidates. Currently, within our sector in Wiltshire there is one Apprentice vacancy recorded!

For comments from a previous customer on the benefits of introducing young blood, please click here.

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Do ALL your drivers have induction training?

24 Jul 2010

A South West based Logistics Company has been fined £200,000 after a vineyard owner was killed when empty wine bottles he was unloading from the tail-lift of a truck, fell onto him.

The prosecution brought by the HSE, was told that in April 2008, the deceased, had been helping to unload a delivery of bottles from the back of the vehicle, driven by an agency driver.

The load fell from the tail-lift causing fatal head and chest injuries.

HSE says the accident highlights the dangers involved in unloading large and heavy loads using a tail-lift.

"Employers should ensure that employees are given the right equipment, information, instruction and training to allow them to unload loads safely".

"Where employers use the services of agency staff they should ensure that those agency staff are aware of the systems of work in place and have the skills and training to undertake the required tasks".

"Tail-lifts should be examined by a competent person at least every six months to ensure that they are safe to use".

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25 years on, still going strong!

5 Jul 2010

On Sunday 4th July, our very own Brian Pratt reached the milestone of 25 years with Wttl. Pictured with Brian is Alan Durrant, one of Brian's first ever pupils from 1985 who, as many people who have been trained by him do, popped in to say hello to our Brian.

Contemplating retirement next year, we at Wttl think Mr Pratt will probably be with us for longer, heres to the next 25??!

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Help for Heroes - Hadrian's Wall Walk

4 Jul 2010

After their successful Coast to Coast walk last year, Wttl instructor Gary Barnes (Barney) and his trusted side kick 'Storm' are yet again putting on their walking boots to raise money for Help for Heroes. 

This year the dynamic duo are hoping to complete the 84 mile Hadrian's Wall Walk, beginning on the 29th August.  If you would like to sponsor Barney and Storm please fill in the details on the sponsorship and gift aid form, you can donate directly at www.bmycharity.com, or feel free to contact Wttl.