Pallet Trucks UK are speaking out on the subject of training and employee safety after a new report found that 50% of managers in a survey couldn't identify incorrect operation of a hand pallet truck as a hazard.
The survey, which was carried out by Mentor Training, also found that there are 4,500 injuries involving hand pallet trucks and similar handling aids every year. The report then went on to show that, of the 1,300 managers they interviewed, more than half couldn't spot the signs of incorrect operation, which could potentially be leading to these pallet truck injuries.
Pallet Trucks UK is a national supplier of manual handling aids like the ones in the report – and they are urging all businesses to be more pro-active and focused on their safety and training policies.
Phil Chesworth, Managing Director of Pallet Trucks UK, says, "These statistics are fairly worrying – they show that many managers can't spot these risks and therefore can't act to prevent injuries. Plus, if their managers don't know how to safely operate this equipment, what chance do the employees have?"
He adds, "While there's no formal qualification that certifies someone to use a hand pallet truck, we feel it's really important for all staff members to have a strong working knowledge of how to operate the trucks – even if they're a manager and don't tend to use the trucks often."
Regulation 9 in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states that anyone operating work equipment should be trained to use it, as well as understanding all of the risks involved and taking the necessary precautions. This regulation also stretches to supervisors and managers, specifying that they should receive the training too, despite not operating the equipment on a daily basis.
By ensuring that all staff are fully trained in using this equipment, businesses can protect their team as well as protecting themselves against accident liability. With around 4,500 injuries caused as a result of pallet trucks and similar equipment, it's crucial for businesses to cover all bases when it comes to training – and that means ensuring everyone, from top to bottom, can safely operate the equipment, and can spot the signs that someone else isn't using it properly.