LLTC are the largest supplier of lawn turf to the trade and retail sectors in the South East of England. They presently operate five depots, each of which houses a minimum of ten staff. The company distributes rolls of turf to a wide geographical audience using a combination of light and heavy goods vehicles. This in itself can sometimes prove dangerous and often requires complete concentration. Both first aid and manual handling skills are essential in the event of an accident.
1000’s of rolls of turfed are lifted across the board each day, which is very much part and parcel of the job. Manual handling training courses can help ensure that employees are aware of the risks involved with lifting objects incorrectly. Train Aid has successfully completed this element of the company’s health & safety requirement, and was able to tailor the courses to suit the needs of yard workers. It’s more than just about ticking the boxes, whereby employees are shown practical examples of lifting techniques, which can help reduce the number of injuries that occur.
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Yards are notoriously hazardous environments, where there are a wide range of heavy, sharp and powerful objects. It must be noted that safety standards within the industry are in fact very high, where only a handful of accidents occur annually. However the industry is still considered high risk, and things pop up time from time that requires the administration of treatment. This has resulted in Train Aid providing first aid training courses for all of the staff across the five depots. They are now all prepared and certified to step in and help in the event of an accident. A spokesman from the company summed up his feelings on the matter:
“We are proud that every single member of our workforce is on route to becoming fully certified in the fields of manual handling and first aid. This has been a lengthy process, but we feel that it is more than worthwhile in the long run.
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The current contract stipulates that all staff will refresh their skills at the expiration of their certificates (three years).