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Driver CPC Public Course now also available in Cornwall & Dorset!

5 Sep 2010

Working with our Driver CPC partners in the area,  Wttl are pleased to confirm the following Driver CPC Public Courses:
Sherbourne, Dorset
29th November 2010 & 24th January 2011

Trenode Training Centre
2nd October 2010 & 4th October 2010

Millennium Hall, Portreath
4th September 2010 & 9th October 2010

26th September 2010 & 16th October 2010

St Austell
14th October 2010 & 15th October

To make a booking please contact Wttl on 0845 600 9598 or contact us.

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Operation Tramline

2 Sep 2010

For those of you who thought that sitting up in a truck cab kept you away from the view of passing police cars, think again.
Operation Tramline ran in the Avon areas of the M5 & M4 during May, with local traffic police using an unmarked Volvo FH to drive alongside LGV’s.
As a result, over 20 drivers had their licence suspended for up to 3 weeks by Traffic Commissioner Sarah Bell who made her feelings clear, “drivers who use mobile devices are placing other road users at real risk”.

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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".