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Keeping safe in the haulage and logistics industry

The haulage and logistics industry plays a vital role in the UK’s economy, supporting businesses all over the country to deliver and transport goods across the globe. From large HGVs to warehouses and storage facilities, the sector is varied and diverse, employing around 1.5 million people and contributing to the region of £70 billion to the economy. 

With such a wide range of roles and responsibilities within the sector, keeping everyone safe is the number one priority for businesses within the haulage and logistics industry. Heavy machinery and equipment are commonplace and long-distance driving also plays a factor, therefore health and safety are of paramount importance, even if drivers have had there HGV Training, it still needs to be a core focus.

As one of the leading haulage companies in London and the South East, Hammond Transport is proud to be FORS Gold accredited, highlighting our commitment to outstanding health and safety practices. In this blog post we’ll be exploring the importance of health and safety within our industry, and what businesses need to do to protect their employees, suppliers, and the public.

Legal Requirements

Understandably, as the sector poses several health and safety risks, the UK has a variety of different laws and regulations to which businesses within the sector need to adhere to. This is to ensure that all drivers and operators always work responsibly and safely. 

These laws cover all aspects of the sector, from safe working in warehouse situations to the carriage of dangerous goods.

Maintenance

Ensuring all vehicles are well maintained and operating efficiently is vital to the safety of everyone, including the public and other road users. As a result, all vehicles should be checked thoroughly regularly to ensure they are fit to be on the road.

If a vehicle is not in good condition, the risk of an accident increases tenfold. Vehicle checks should include everything from tyre pressure to checking the brake lights. 

Driver training

Driving lorries, trucks and other HGVs is a highly skilled requirement. Anyone who gets behind the wheel should go through rigorous training before they hit the road. This training is extremely comprehensive and covers a wide range of skills, including health and safety requirements, safe driving practices and vehicle maintenance. 

In addition to the training, all drivers are required to hold a commercial driver’s license.

Working at heights

For those working within warehouses, there is the possibility of working at heights. This could include the use of cherry pickers and ladders to reach consignments which are stored in racking systems. Consequently, anyone working within this environment should be offered ‘working at height’ training to reduce the risk of falls and accidents.

Heavy lifting

Whether you’re working in a warehouse, or you’re a driver of an HGV, you will likely have to lift heavy goods from time to time. Therefore, training should be provided on how to safely pick up and move heavy boxes. 

Back injuries from lifting heavy loads are one of the leading health and safety risks which cause absenteeism, therefore ensuring that all staff understand the correct way to protect their back is critical to smooth business operations.

Hazardous materials

Depending on the type of goods and consignments you deal with, there could be the chance that you have to deal with hazardous materials, including chemicals or fuel. Any type of hazardous material could pose a dangerous risk to the safety of anyone working near it, therefore training around hazardous materials is critical. 

In addition, protective equipment such as masks, gloves and overalls should be provided depending on the type of consignment which is being handled.

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