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Don’t compromise on Health and Safety at work

Imran Khan, one of Pakistan’s most prominent politicians, is recovering in hospital after being injured falling from an elevated platform at an election rally.

The former cricketer had been urging Pakistanis to vote in Saturday’s parliamentary elections. After being hoisted onto the stage by a forklift truck in Lahore, Imran Khan sustained several injuries to his back. A CT scan later identified a minor fracture to the head along with eleven stitches. The Sixty-year-old and his security guards fell from the truck when wooden planks which formed a makeshift platform collapsed suddenly.

Although this was in exceptional circumstances, it goes to show how easily accidents can occur. Falls from height are one of the leading causes of death in the workplace in the UK. There were 40 recorded deaths in Britain in 2012 caused by falls from height.

After the accident to Imran Khan and recent fire in India, are the current Health and Safety and Fire Regulations stringent enough to maintain the safety of members of the general public and all staff involved?

Regarding these two incidents, were risk assessments or method statements ever carried out by the companies and if not, why?

There are still many height and fire related deaths in Britain alone, even with the high standard of Health and Safety information readily available. It is easy to see how accidents occur when these guidelines and rules are not implemented.

At Nationwide Handling, we regard Health, Safety and welfare of its customers, employees and the general public of utmost importance and should never be compromised at any time or level. This is why we are proud members of CFTS and Safe Contractor scheme and ensure all Nationwide staff adhere to the guidelines set out by these organizations.

All companies with any form of materials handling equipment should ensure a good health and safety policy is in place when operating, for example a forklift or hand pallet truck. Additionally, all materials handling equipment should be regularly maintained and undergo Thorough Examinations as part of any health and safety policy.

That’s why most of Nationwide Handlings’ maintenance plans are bespoke to the customers requirements and they can include a Thorough Examination to ensure your lifting equipment remains in a serviceable condition and compliant to all Health and Safety legislation. Whatsmore we can provide you with all the relevant Safety Certification documentation you will require.

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