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How to lift a manhole cover

Save time, effort, damage and personal injury

manhole cover with menManhole covers or maintenance hole covers are removable plates that form the lid over an opening of a manhole. This is an opening that a person can pass through or maintenance can be conducted from. It usually gains access to a utility vault, pipe or void and can be rectangular, square or circular, whilst coming in a whole variety of sizes.

04 October 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (101)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

The movement of awkward loads

Reduce the risk of injury by using the right equipment

sack truckHuman nature often leads us to act in haste but needlessly means we sometimes end up repenting at leisure! We have all tried at one time or other to pick up some awkward load that we wish we hadn’t. Either we end up with a back injury, suffer a fall or damage the load in question. If we had stopped for one minute to ponder what help was at hand, then we might well have saved ourselves from avoidable anguish.

23 September 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (93)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Limiting slips, trips and falls at work

The most common cause of injury in the workplace

falling manAn analysis of work injuries across all job types, shows that slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of physical harm. The degree of harm sustained depends on the hazard in place and the height at which it occurs. A simple stumble can result in anything from a minor mishap to a serious accident which may involve dangerous machinery, or even a person falling from height to death.

31 August 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (97)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Choosing the right B2B company

More than just a web shop

websiteWhy you should choose a company that offers much more than just e-commerce.

10 July 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (142)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Adapting forklift trucks and stackers ...

... can offer great benefits

drum attachmentBusinesses are often faced with the need to provide new or additional materials handling or access procedures in order to deal with trading expansion, health and safety implementation or new legal requirements. It is very easy to overlook the existing equipment that you already have within your organisation, that could easily be adapted to suit the task in hand.

01 July 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (172)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Why choose podium steps over step ladders or access towers?

podium stepPodium steps are considered a safer method of low-level access than conventional stepladders and platform steps. They comprise of a climbing ladder frame but fitted with a 360° fully enclosed working platform area and normally come with the option of having outrigged stabilisers fitted in order to increase base stability.

28 May 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (169)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

How to reduce manual handling injuries

Musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace

HSE guideMusculoskeletal disorders (MSD) now account for over a third of all work related illness and the loss of more than 10 million days each year. Although often associated with back pain, the term MSD covers a wide range of ailments and can affect joints and tissue in many parts of the body.

12 March 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (234)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Now that's a smart idea!

Money saving PVC strip curtains

pvc strip curtainPVC strip door curtains are a very cost-effective way to save your business money and improve working conditions. They can be introduced both internally and externally around your buildings with the minimum of ease.

11 March 2019/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (227)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Nature's litter and how to deal with it

Who'd have thought that leaves on the line was a plausible excuse!

autumn leavesStunning colours! But if you have company premises, then falling leaves can be a big problem to handle. There's no escaping them, even at home the decaying foliage becomes an unwanted headache to have to deal with.

01 October 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (386)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.2

Avoid unnecessary equipment failures and stay on the right side of the law

Protecting your investment

Equipment contractsSometimes we are just all so busy that we overlook the simple things in business. Maintenance and servicing of equipment is an area that is often overlooked, yet with a little help from your friends at Action Handling Equipment this can be a scheduled event that you do not have to worry about.

14 September 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (374)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

We just love to moan about it … the British weather!

But it's time for businesses' to develop strategic planning for it

too hot to workWere you prepared when the temperatures soared? Why is it that UK companies never quite seem to get ahead with extreme weather planning? In the latest heat wave, suppliers across the country ran out of fans, air conditioning units, water coolers and even cold drink machines. To avoid this happening again, Action Handling advise their clients to put in place a strategic plan to cover all the seasons and all the possible extreme weather problems that can happen.

22 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (595)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.6

Will a risk assessment keep you out of court?

Controlling the risks in the workplace

fall from heightThe HSE (Health and Safety Executive) say that a risk assessment is simply a careful examination of what, in your work, could cause harm to people, so that you can weigh up whether you should identify sensible measures to control the risks in your workplace.

22 August 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (381)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.7

Avoiding squashed tomatoes

Creating a safe work environment

access platformWhilst farmers are well adept at growing, picking, processing and packing their fruit and vegetables, ready for delivery, when it comes to making a work site safe, they need assistance. Action Handling have lots of experience with this industry and we were glad to be able to help a Kent based grower.

25 July 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (450)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

How your fork lift truck can help with maintenance and repairs

A money saving tip!

access platformTraditionally we always associate that the work of a fork lift truck or stacker truck is confined to lifting palletised loads on and off from delivery vehicles on to pallet racking or direct to the shop floor. Whilst it is true that this is their primary function, we at Action Handling Equipment encourage customers to view their lifting trucks as a much more versatile tool than just that.

18 July 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (489)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Safety when welding, don't become a statistic!

Are you taking all the necessary precautions?

weld arc

With the recent release of Health and Safety statistics at work for Great Britain in 2017/2018, it is interesting to see that 12,000 occupational lung disease deaths each year are estimated to be linked to past exposures at work.
08 January 2018/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (262)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Five common workplace injuries

... and how to avoid them


work injuriesFigures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an estimated 4.5 million working days were lost in the UK in 2015/16 due to self-reported workplace injuries. Whilst the general trend is that the number of reported injuries occurring at work is reducing over time, the HSE also note that due to the widespread underreporting of incidents, those figures are likely to be considerably higher in reality.

18 October 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1100)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.1

Working at height with personnel access platforms

Easy, safe operation for just one operative

two operatives at a timeDo you know that there are Egyptian tombs and Mesolithic sites with symbolic representations showing that ladders were being used around the world some 10,000 years ago according to the most recent archaeological evidence! I reckon I might have one of these ladders in my garden shed but then that’s another story altogether!

07 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (709)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.3

Keeping the right side of the law

Lifting and lowering equipment safety

servicing lifting equipmentAccording to LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations), a lifting operation is defined as 'an operation concerned with the lifting or lowering of a load'. The load can be any item, including people, and the equipment used to undertake this operation is defined as 'lifting equipment'.

07 September 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (568)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.7

Safety treads and decking

Reducing slips and trips

safety treadsSafety of personnel in environments where there are slippery surfaces is absolutely vital. When a sub-contractor of British Waterways noticed an increase in injuries and sick-leave at one particular site, they decided to investigate.

25 April 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (1561)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Keep outdoor spaces clear of cigarette butts

Littering is a growing problem and cigarette butts a major contributor - we need to provide bins and help stamp it out.

cigarette buttsFew things look more unsightly around your workplace than discarded cigarette butts, yet it’s estimated that 79% of all public places in the UK are blighted by them. Since the smoking ban which prohibits smoking inside any public space came into force in 2007, littering is a problem which seems to have escalated.

22 February 2017/Author: Dee Jones/Number of views (794)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 3.8

Anti-fatigue mats

Standing for lengthy periods causes general fatigue plus health problems

Anti Fatigue MatsAnti-fatigue mats are predominantly used in industrial and commercial working environments to provide worker comfort. Standing for lengthy periods of time during your work shift on hard and sometimes cold floors causes general fatigue plus health problems such as poor blood circulation, aches in joints, and pains in feet, hips and back. Standing for long periods is also bad for health because of the strain on the lower limbs. The problems caused with feet can include corns, bunions, flat feet and heel spurs. Medical professionals also link standing for long periods day in day out to varicose veins. These causes to health problems can be easily reduced by providing a comfortable working environment, and anti-fatigue mats also reduce slips, trips and falls. As we know slips, trips and falls mean a decrease in staff productivity, absenteeism and ultimately can cost employers millions of pounds each year.  

23 May 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1301)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.8

Avoid a potential disaster

Cylinder storage

cylinder storage
Cylinders are generally awkward to handle, move, position and then place in storage. By their very design they do not lend themselves to being exactly user friendly. However, companies would be well advised to consider the general implications that the use of cylinders have within the work place.

The first issue is to establish and recognise what type of gases the cylinders are actually containing. Identification and recording of the results should be a part of your risk assessment within workplace safety procedures.

23 May 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1690)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Birds driving you batty

Who will win you or the birds?

Birds cartoonSo who is smarter, you or the birds? That is a question that commercial building owners are often left scratching their heads over. Early Spring is the time when you should not only think about but indeed put into action your preventative measures to help dissuade birds from roosting or nesting on and around your buildings.

11 April 2016/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1165)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Cleaning up

cleaning up

We often cite Health and Safety requirements in our blog posts – after, all, they are an integral part of doing business in the UK. The information we cite is for general purposes only – each business should have their own policy in place and all staff should be aware of what it is. However, there are several basic rules that can apply to most companies, such as:

  • Proper staff training
  • Using the correct equipment for the job
  • Keeping equipment maintained and up to date with regular safety checks
  • Providing a clean work environment

 

26 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1240)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

When things get heavy

Various types of heavy lifting equipment

when things get heavy

Having to move heavy goods and products is a part of most handling industries, whether in factories or distribution companies. However, not all heavy lifting is created alike – depending on the business and goods to be moved, lifting equipment specific to the task at hand is crucial to completing the task.

 

20 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1041)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Position perfect

Work positioners take the strain out of lifting

position perfectIn the modern workplace, employee Health and Safety is an ongoing concern. Providing the right equipment, environment and training is key to keeping staff at their best, as well as your business in compliance with the law. However, despite new information and training, back injuries are still one of the most common workplace incidents, especially in warehouse and handling environments. Lifting incorrectly is a common contributor to such accidents, through over-reaching, cutting corners to save time, or by simply not having the correct equipment in place.

15 November 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1082)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Using ladders safely

The price of health and safety compliance is eternal vigilance

 

 

using ladders safelyAction Handling believe that safety should be the fundamental objective in any workplace environment. Almost a decade ago, regulations for personnel ‘working-at-height’ came back into play, the aim being to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by the improper use of steps, ladders and other devices whilst loading/unloading goods onto shelving and racking systems. However, although these regulations have been in force for a number of years, there are still many people who choose to ignore them when working with stepladders.

 

 

 
23 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1051)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

A gritty winter’s tale

Keeping your workplace safe over winter

A Gritty Winters TaleWinter is coming. Oh, I don’t mean

that sort of winter – rather an onslaught of snow and ice and freezing rain coming down from the north. It’s a different kind of magic that winter brings, one that makes pavements and car parks such dangerous places, turning vehicles into weapons and unwitting pedestrians into ice dancers.

 

 

 

16 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (2010)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Shelving and racking safety checklist

We’ve made one so you don't have to

Shelving And Racking Safety ChecklistYour warehouse health and safety checklist is important to maintain because it ensures a solid framework within which staff should operate. When staff spend several hours a day working in pallet racking areas it’s extremely important to manage health & safety in order to avoid serious accidents. The only way in which an employer can make their premises less prone to accidents is through a comprehensive assessment and production of a safety program, and every business should have a health and safety checklist to help identify any risks in the work environment and how best to reduce them.

07 October 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (2270)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Take a load off

Stairclimbing trucks

Take the Load OffManual materials handling carries a risk of strain and injury to employees, so is governed by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations. These are designed to apply to a wide range of manual handling activities such as lifting, lowering, pushing, pulling or carrying, including the movement of loads up or down stairs, a common occurrence in many workplaces.

25 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1081)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Work smart with our smart podium

Includes fully protected guard rail and gate

smart podiumIf you’re looking for a quick and easy solution to extended work-at-height jobs, our Smart Podium may be just the thing. Available in two platform heights, this mobile podium comes with a fully protected guardrail and gate. It’s ideal for quick jobs around site, plus is compliant with current working-at-height legislation. 

12 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1889)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Medium duty mobile safety steps

KE6 (6 Tread) mobile safety steps, are used by businesses across the UK. These medium duty safety steps are extremely useful in retail or warehouse situations, as well as across various other industries. One of our most established customers, a major UK supermarket chain, has been using KE6 steps for three decades.

Medium duty mobile safety stepsAction Handling supply a wide range of premium quality Mobile Safety Steps at value-for-money prices, all designed to suit different levels of industry requirements.

12 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1306)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

The importance of effective access equipment

If shortcuts are taken (intentionally or not) and accidents occur as a result, the consequences can be dire


The importance of access equipmentComplying with Health & Safety regulations and keeping your employees safe is one of the top priorities for any business. If shortcuts are taken (intentionally or not) and accidents occur as a result, the consequences can be dire. In a worst-case scenario, people are badly injured or even lose their lives, leading to serious legal repercussions for the employers and business

11 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1240)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Taking steps to safety

Reducing the risk of work place injuries caused by improper handling

mobile safety stepsSafety steps are one of the most frequently used pieces of handling equipment. They come in several different formats and, if used appropriately for the job at hand, play a great role in reducing the risk of work place injuries caused by improper handling.

04 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1298)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Falls from ladders and how to avoid them

It’s easy to prevent most falls by following these simple steps

person falling from ladderAt one point or another during our lives, we’ve all found ourselves on a ladder. Whether it’s while painting the house, climbing into the loft or reaching for something on a high shelf, ladders are a simple way to climb up when objects are out of reach.

However, if you spend time on a ladder as part of your working life, the risk of falls can increase, especially if basic health and safety steps aren’t implemented.

04 August 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1405)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Steps to safe practice

Safety first

stepping up imageSafety first. Two small words, yet so very important, especially when it comes to preventing workplace accidents or injuries. Safety lies with the user, and also with making sure correct procedures are set in place and followed. Risk increases when working at height, so any such work should be undertaken only by those competent enough to do so, and with adequate supervision.

27 July 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1324)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Pest control

Use of ultrasonic scare devices

ultrasonic pest control deviceWe share this planet with a multitude of creatures in the air, the water and the ground. Seeing animals in their natural habitat is a wonderful experience, and there are whole tourist industries built up around doing so. However, there are also times when we don’t want to share our spaces with animals – when keeping them pest-free is essential to safe working conditions.

27 July 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (977)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Keeping things level

Always follow appropriate health and safety guidelines when using any type of raised access platform

 

Access PlatformWhile ladders are useful in many instances of working at height, Health and Safety UK recommend that, if your work will take more than thirty minutes to complete, you consider using other equipment. However, time duration should not be the only consideration when selecting the correct platform to use when working at height – whether a task takes five minutes or five hours, safe use of equipment at all times should be the main priority.

 

13 July 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (976)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Lift me up

Maintaining a healthy back and strong posture is beneficial throughout our lives

 

know your limits imageMaintaining a healthy back and strong posture is beneficial throughout our lives, allowing us to stay active for as long as possible. The British Chiropractic Organisations recommends managing back health by incorporating daily stretches and movement and taking care of any issues as they arise, rather than letting them get worse.

 

01 June 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1261)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Standing up for your health

 


Standing up for your health imageThere’s been a lot of discussion in the media recently about the benefits of spending more time standing while at work. Sedentary desk jobs have been shown to decrease life expectancy and increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer, even if you do take regular exercise in line with daily recommendations.

 

15 May 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (929)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Safety first

Personal protective equipment

safety first imageWhen you think about it, we humans are a complex and ingenious bunch. If an activity is dangerous yet also offers a benefit, rather than consider the danger and avoid the activity, we choose instead to work out ways to protect ourselves. Helmets, padding and, in extreme cases, body armour, have all been devised to minimise the risk and maximise the experience.

24 April 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1120)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.5

Taking charge

Personal safety and responsibility

Taking charge in the workplaceWe’ve written a few posts recently discussing employer obligations when it comes to providing a safe workplace for employees. Sufficient training and supervision, equipment suited to the task at hand and implementation of procedures are all part of the process. In the end, however, it comes down to the individual employee to work responsibly, employ correct equipment and act in a safe manner at work.

07 April 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (914)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Drawing a line

Safety barriers in the workplace

Drawing a line picture of a barrierIt’s the responsibility of every employer to provide a safe workplace for their employees, combining training, implementation and physical safety features to minimise risk. At Action Handling, we supply a vast range of different items designed to improve safety on site, as well as maximise employee productivity and workflow. One area in which we specialise is the supply of safety barriers and markings. When you have a workplace that combines personnel with workplace vehicle access, it’s vitally important that separate areas for each are created and clearly marked, to eliminate the risk of accident.

30 March 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (976)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 4.0

Over and over

The pain of RSI

Article about RSIRepetitive strain injury, or RSI, can be defined as pain or discomfort caused by repeating the same physical task over and over again. It’s also a growing area of concern for many businesses, with almost half a million British workers affected with pain or musculoskeletal injuries, according to recent statistics.

19 March 2015/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (919)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Bad weather preparation

ploughThe bad weather period is upon us again! How many times do we get caught out in this country waiting until it’s too late to make proper preparations for what could be several days or many weeks of bad weather disruption?  Clearly businesses need to have specific plans in place that can be used to avert the problems caused by such events. A business continuity policy should have ‘bad weather’ inclusion to ensure that your company can cope with a crisis.

01 December 2014/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (3522)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0

Safety spills - how to prevent them and how to clean them up

Prevention of hazardous spills should be the initial aim so the correct identification of chemicals and materials that constitute the label of being hazardous should be the first challenge. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gives good information on what constitutes being hazardous and  explains how to control hazardous substances at work and comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002.

15 October 2014/Author: Sharon Ensbury/Number of views (1362)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: 5.0
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