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R.Hanson
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PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 10:53 am Reply with quote Back to top
We have just had a instance where we found an employee misusing a pedestrian lift truck, instead of walking safely behind the vehicle as instructed in training or user manual the person in question was sat riding the pedestrian motorised lift truck as though it was a vehicle rather than a lifting aid.

The employee in question had not recieved training nor was he instructed to use the vehicle. This was done on a night shift when he possibly thought none of the management team where present.


How would you deal with an incident of this type and what are your thoughts.
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T.Stubbs
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:14 am Reply with quote Back to top
Hi Ryan

This raises lots of questions - how long have he been working there, is this common practice on the night shift, does the senior person on the night shift know the correct procedure for using the pallet truck, do they just turn a blind eye to the fact that it is happening? to just mention a few! Although there is no management team on the site the senior person in charge is responsible. I would hope you have by now investigated further and you have the full facts - these will determine which route to take. It may be that you need to do refresher training for your staff not only on pallet truck use but making them aware of their responsibilities, do your supervisors need training etc. You could go down the disciplinary route but you need to know the full facts first. Is this a one off or a culture within the night shift?Is the night shift supported by the management team or do they feel they are left to their own devices.

Sorry - typical of me lots 'n' lots of questions. I personally don't think there is a right or wrong answer at this stage.  
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 2:21 pm Reply with quote Back to top
Ryan,
I beleive that root cause is both lack of training and also lack of supervision in this instance. You mention that the training and manual detail how the equipment should be used but then you say he didn't receive the training or instructions so therefore it could be concluded that he was left to figure it out for himself. If the area was well supervised at all times then this bad practice would have been detected sooner, unless (as Tracey indicated)a blind eye was being turned. I do not know the nature of you're work but from my experience there are usually benefits to be gained from cutting corners. If riding on the truck meant better production then this may indicate why the area supervisor wasn't so keen to address it. If it meant that the person in question was able to finish earlier or take longer breaks then it could be the employee at fault and not the supervisor. I have to aks, if an employee is not meant to ride this lift while it is moving how are they able to do so? Should this not have been incorporated into it's design or is it something your organisation has implemented based on risk assessment?
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