We have been informed that the above named company are issuing ITSSAR certificates of training bearing the ITSSAR Logo, we would like to point out that Demetriades Handling Cyprus or UK do not hold ITSSAR Accreditation and should therefore not be using our logo. 


Hardware supplier’s commended SSOW did not prevent forklift crush

A company that describes itself as the UK’s largest supplier of fasteners, fixings and hardware products to the distributor and merchant trade has been fined £300,000 after an employee was struck by a forklift truck and permanently disabled.

Team leader Debra Thorpe required 13 operations on her leg after being hit by the vehicle at the Owlett-Jaton warehouse on the Stone Business Park in Opal Way, Stone, Staffordshire on 28 September 2016.

The court was told that Thorpe was returning on foot from the toilets on the warehouse’s ground floor to the mezzanine where she worked when the accident happened. She was airlifted to hospital where she spent four weeks recovering. She required a metal plate in her leg and skin grafts.  She also received therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder, Newcastle Under Lyme Magistrates’ Court was told.

An investigation by Stafford Borough Council found that the company had failed properly to assess the risks posed by forklift truck movements in areas where pedestrians were likely to be.

In September 2016, Hexstone – trading as Owlett-Jaton – admitted to failing to discharge its duty under s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, contrary to s 33 (1)(a), and contravening reg 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, contrary to s 33(1)(c) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Christian Du Cann, defending the company, said that Hexstone had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and had co-operated fully with the investigation. He told the court that following a 2005 inspection, the company had been "commended” for its safe system of work. Du Cann added: "There was a system but it was not rigorous enough.”

The supplier was fined £300,000 and ordered to pay £7,424 in costs. The court was told that since the incident, the firm had painted dedicated walkways on the warehouse floor; installed a new crossing; introduced a "caution” tape barrier system; and reorganised the shelving to provide better visibility.

The court was told that Thorpe had remained on full pay since the accident and the company would be arranging a phased return to work for her.

District Judge McGarva said the supplier had not been cavalier in its approach and had since taken steps to remedy deficiencies uncovered by the council’s investigation.

"The measures required are recognised standards in the industry. They failed to put in place those recognised measures,” the district judge said.

Tyre retread co pays £300k for lack of seatbelt rule

A Lincolnshire-based tyre firm has been fined £300,000 after a worker died when the forklift truck he was operating overturned. Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres did not enforce seatbelt use for forklift truck drivers.

Lincoln Crown Court was told on 15 September that forklift driver Stephen Woollas was transporting tyres on 30 July 2014 when the vehicle ran over a loose tyre in the road at Vacu-Lug’s Grantham base. He was not wearing a seatbelt and when the truck overturned, Woollas was crushed between the vehicle and the ground. He later died of his injuries.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that as well as its lack of a seatbelt policy Vacu-Lug had stored the tyres insecurely, allowing them to roll on to the roadway.

Vacu-Lug Traction Tyres of Gonerby Hill Foot, Grantham, Lincolnshire pleaded guilty to breaching section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The firm, which produces retread tyres, was also ordered to pay £25,000 in costs.

Recycler’s director is sentenced for fatal telehandler strike

A waste collection and recycling company has been fined £500,000 and its director handed a six months’ custodial sentence after an employee sustained multiple injuries when he was hit by a reversing telehandler. He was struck while crossing the work yard at the company’s premises and later died in hospital. 

Brighton Magistrates’ Court was told on 12 October that United Grab Hire had no adequate pedestrian segregation measures such as walkways or crossing points in areas where pedestrians walked routinely at its Horley, East Sussex site.   

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that reversing large vehicles near to pedestrians was commonplace at the premises. The investigation into the incident, which took place on 7 July 2016, found that United Grab Hire had not trained the driver of the telehandler to operate the vehicle.United Grab Hire, of Rivington Farm, Horley, pleaded guilty to breaching ss 4(1) and 17(1) of the Workplace (Health and Safety Welfare) Regulations 1992. The firm was handed a £500,000 fine and ordered to pay £5,968 in costs.

Director Mark Howard, also of Rivington Farm, pleaded guilty to breaching s 37 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. He was sentenced to a six months’ custodial sentence, suspended for two years.

Barriers to protect against ground level fork


Industrial safety expert McCue utilises its armoury of protection products in facilities across the globe – and has done so for decades. But when one high profile customer expressed a need to protect walkways from the potential danger of protruding ground level forklift truck forks, McCue’s R&D team were called into action.

Polyethylene pedestrian barriers are becoming an integral part of intelligent health and safety procedures in facilities. The products organise a facility and segregate pedestrians from moving vehicles – in turn this creates an optimised, more efficient facility with a long-lasting, low maintenance product.

But what about those forklift forks protruding under the barriers and on to walkways?

McCue’s R&D team solved the problem by delivering the FlexCore Guard Rail. The handrails still guide pedestrians and organise a facility, but a reinforced ground level rail with hidden hardware offers an extra strong layer of protection – and the ability to deflect intrusive forks and keep workers safe.

Director of McCue UK, Emma Panter says: "Listening to the needs of our customers and working closely with them to deliver the safety solutions they need is absolutely key to McCue. Our customers often give us our best ideas and the FlexCore Guard Rail will go on to be used across multiple facilities. It’s another practical, world class product – something that protects people, but also protects a company’s bottom line.”

The FlexCore Guard Rail can be used with a variety of McCue products to offer customers comprehensive protection across an entire facility.

McCue’s range of safety products will be on display at trade shows Health & Safety North (10-11 October) at Event City in Manchester.

Brain injury sustained by warehouse worker in 4.5 m fall


A housewares firm and its managing director have been fined almost £300,000 after an employee sustained life-changing injuries in a fall from storage racking. The company’s insurer had refused it cover because of poor safety practice.

The warehouse manager for Probus Creative Housewares, which is part of Germany-based Fackelmann and supplies goods to national retailers, was working in the company’s warehouse in Cannock, Staffordshire, in December 2015.

The worker had used a pallet raised on a forklift truck to access the storage rack. He was standing with one foot on the racking and the other on the pallet when the pallet gave way, Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates’ Court was told. 

He fell 4.5 m on to the concrete floor of the warehouse and was airlifted to hospital where he was placed in a medically-induced coma for 11 days. He suffered brain injuries and is unlikely to be able to return to work.

Passing sentence, District Judge McGarva said "the incident resulted from long standing failures to improve health and safety, despite warnings from both the council and the company’s insurers”. 

Environmental health officers (EHOs) from Cannock Chase District Council, which brought the prosecution, found that the risk assessments were outdated, inadequate and had not been carried out by a competent person. 

It said poor racking in the warehouse, along with overstocking and lack of mechanical handling, created a "highly dangerous environment”.

The council’s investigation also found that the company’s insurance provider had refused to renew its policy due to safety failings and a lack of compliance.

Aine O’Brien, Cannock Chase Council EHO, said: "Key findings of the investigation were: an overreliance by the company on individuals with no formal experience or competence in health and safety; considerable pressure placed on employees to quickly turn around deliveries and dispatch orders with minimal mechanical handling assistance; inadequate and unsafe racking; individuals placed in positions of responsibility with little knowledge or experience; and condoning of unsafe working practices by senior managers.”

Probus pleaded guilty at the first hearing on 5 June to four charges. 

It admitted breaching s 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work (HSW) Act, and regs 3(1)(a) and 13(2)(b) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations for failing to carry out suitable and sufficient risk assessments and not providing adequate training, respectively. It also pleaded guilty to breaching reg 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations over its failure to ensure that the work at height was properly planned, supervised and carried out safely.

The company was sentenced to a fine of £240,000 with £20,000 costs.

Its managing director, Srdjan Urosevic, pleaded guilty to breaching s 2(1) of the HSW Act and reg 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations.  He was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £10,000 costs. 

O’Brien said: "The fines were limited due to the company’s size, though an attempt was made to use the recent Tata Steel case to financially link the company to its larger parent. Although the prosecution did not succeed in ‘piercing the corporate veil’ the company received no further reductions in fines even though it showed operating losses.”

 New Manual - Vehicle Banksman

The Vehicle Banksman manual has been finalised and trialled, this manual will be available to purchase from 14th August.  If you have instructors cards which need updating please email Jo copies of the certificates, if you order the manual at the same time, then the up-dated card will be issued free of charge.

Injured Aldi worker authorised to drive pallet truck without training

German-owned discount supermarket chain Aldi Stores has been handed a £1m penalty after an inadequately trained delivery driver was left with life-changing injuries.

In his second week of a new job that involved using a powered pallet truck to transport goods to stores, the driver sustained fractures to all the toes on one foot. He was off work for six months after having two toes surgically amputated and his foot restructured using wires.   

The investigation by Amber Valley Borough Council, which brought the prosecution, found that Aldi did not have standardised training programmes for new drivers and equipment operators. The workers instead were expected to shadow experienced members of the team before working alone.  

The victim, who was injured in November 2013 at the Somercotes store in Alfreton, Derbyshire, has returned to work for Aldi, but "his injuries have left him with pain that will have repercussions in years to come and can be considered life-changing”, the council said. 

Aldi pleaded guilty two breaching ss 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act on 13 January. It was sentenced on 14 July at Derby Crown Court, where it was also ordered to pay costs of £70,000. 

Summing up, Judge Peter Cooke noted that Aldi should have improved training for drivers sooner, following previous accidents. The company, whose turnover was £7.7bn in the last financial year, agreed and admitted to the court that its training programmes lacked structure and formality. 

The council’s portfolio holder for housing and public health, David Taylor, said: "The level of fine reflects the seriousness of the failings within the company. This investigation and outcome will hopefully result in a renewed focus by Aldi to ensure that standards are maintained to ensure employees receive adequate protection from risk of injury.” 

The council’s lead investigator, Julia Cope, added: "[The] driver had been asked to carry out work using equipment for which his employer had failed to provide structured and necessary formal training.”

ABA releases updated ABA workplace transport codes

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has announced the release of updated ABA workplace transport codes. Changes to these codes include:

  • M1 category now covers both electric and I.C.E
  • M1 category has been changed to be entitled multi directional counterbalance
  • New category has been created which is M3 multi directional reach truck
  • A second new category has been added which is G6 container straddle carrier remote control

Following the ABA’s meeting in February 2017, Ernest Martin and Ricky Durkin from Combilift presented an overview of Combilift’s range to the ABA members and have since provided the ABA with a full categorisation of their machines in relation to the ABA’s workplace transport codes.

Combilift’s machines have been categorised as follows;

On the new update, Nick Welch, Chairman of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA), commented: "Following in-depth consultation with Combilift, the innovative and global lifting equipment manufacturer based in Ireland, the ABA are pleased to announce that to further clarify the ABA Workplace Transport Groupings the wide and varying range of lifting equipment that Combilift manufacture has now  been fully integrated into these category groupings, with the addition of one new group (G6) . A new version of the Workplace Transport Groupings has been produced (V4) so please destroy any previous editions and courtesy of Combilift, images of the Combilift range have also been included.”

The ABA asks that all training organisations cease using their previous code listing, and commence using the updated ABA Group list which can be downloaded from the ABA website.


 Could you be the Materials Handling Equipment Training Provider of the Year?

The Talent in Logistics Awards 2017 take place on 22nd June in Telford to reward the exceptional people and teams that keep the transport logistics sector in the UK and Ireland moving. 

Operating materials handling and plant equipment safely and efficiently is a highly skilled job. Unfortunately, it is not always viewed as a skilled profession where good training makes all the difference to the standard of the operator/driver.  To recognise these seldom celebrated professionals, the Talent in Logistics Awards will reward the Materials Handling Equipment (MHE) Training Provider of the Year and the Lift Truck Instructor of the Year.

ITSSAR members are urged to enter now at Entering the awards is completely free of charge, quick and easy.

This MHE Training Provider of the Year Award is for an outstanding commer­cial training provider who has exceeded their customers’ expectations by improving safety and efficiency through the delivery of quality training.

The Lift Truck Instructor of the Year Award,open to all currently qualified forklift instructors, rewards instructors for their ongoing dedication to high quality training, safety and efficiency.

Entering the Awards will help organisations demonstrate and prove their commitment to quality training and CSR and provide excellent PR opportunities, internally and externally.

Enter now:

New Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance and Reach

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) is very pleased to release the revised Basic Operating Skills Test for Counterbalance (B1) and Reach (D1 & D2) trucks.

It is not mandatory to implement the new test immediately, however the new test will need to be in use by training organisations from 1st September 2017. Any tests held on or after this date that do not use the new format will be invalid.

The ABA worked with a range of stakeholders, including training organisations, trade associations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers, to produce a test which more closely reflects the modern working environment and the needs of employers and industry at large. This is the first time the test has been updated since 2000.

We would strongly encourage everyone to read the new test in detail to ensure they are aware of all of the changes. Below are some of the key changes (please note this list is not finite):

13 of the 22 elements described in the pre-use inspection test have been deemed safety critical. The test candidate must carry out a full and correct check of these items, failure to do so will result in an automatic referral in this element of the test

Candidates will be disqualified from the practical skills test if they incur more than 3 (i.e. 4 or more) 5 point penalties in any one area

A number of elements in the practical skills test have had their penalty award increased

In the bank of multiple choice questions there are 5 mandatory questions. These must appear in every question paper. If a candidate gets any of the mandatory questions incorrect then the overall result of the association knowledge examination will be a referral (regardless of the overall score)

ITSSAR Instructors and Training Organisations who have previously purchased the course syllabus manual can receive the updated course syllabus and associated paper work free of charge, if sent by email. Please email, Jo will check our records and then forward the updated manual to you.

'Out of the Norm’ Trucks

The Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) has received a number of enquiries about instructing on trucks that are slightly out of the norm and the required instructor operator qualifications, for example a vehicle mounted telescopic truck. In this example the ABA was asked if someone holding a vehicle mounted lift truck operator certificate; ABA code; T(B1) and a rough terrain telescopic certificate; ABA code J2  would be able to train on a vehicle mounted telescopic truck. It was agreed that if an Instructor can provide evidence of adequate basic training on both machine types and specific training (as described in the ACOP L117), then they may instruct on the vehicle mounted telescopic truck.

Cases like this would need to be approved by the instructor’s accrediting body before training commences. From the example above, if the Instructor held a certificate for a Vehicle Mounted Lift Truck; T(B1) only, they would not be able to instruct on a Vehicle Mounted Telescopic Truck.

Please do drop us a message if you have any questions at all about this, we are here to help.

 Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) 

 At the recent meeting of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) much discussion took place over the categorisation of the Crown Wave and other similar machines such as Bravi Platforms’ spin-go and sprint machines .

 The machines are used in a wide variety of settings and for multiple purposes. The machines have not been designed to meet MEWP regulations however they are used as a working platform to perform functions such as order picking and changing lightbulbs, they are also able to be driven elevated and boom vertically; 3A is therefore the most appropriate category for this machine type given its operational characteristics and implementation. All ABA members therefore agreed that the ABA grouping for these machines would be 3A.

 We hope this clears up the previous confusion regarding what category the Crown Wave etc. fell into.

 If you are unclear about what machines fall into which grouping at any time please do not hesitate to contact your accrediting body or the ABA at any time, we are here to help. 

Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) 

The latest meeting of the Accrediting Bodies Association for Workplace Transport (ABA) was held on Thursday 17th November at AITT. One of the key areas for discussion was the new operator testing arrangements for Counterbalance and Reach trucks. Previously the ABA held a focus group to discuss the current testing arrangements with a wide range of stakeholders, including training organisations, trade associations, insurers, unions, lift truck manufacturers and employers. The group felt that the test needed updating and since that time the ABA has been working hard on updating the test to ensure that accredited training is market-leading and delivers safe and efficient lift truck operators. We have incorporated the comments and feedback from the focus group and will be in a position to make an official announcement and release the new test on Monday 30th January 2017.  It will not be mandatory for accredited organisations to use the new test immediately. On 30th January we will release further details about the lead in time for implementation.  At the February meeting of the ABA it is to be decided which machine test will be subject to the next review and updates, if you have any thoughts, suggestions or comments on this please do drop us a message.

Balfour Beatty sets aside £25m for OSH penalties

Please be advised

Company HGV Training do not hold ITSSAR accreditation.



Wow what an advert, This is the new John Lewis training centre at Magna Park, Milton Keynes. Credit to Paul Flynn ITSSAR tutor for a 1st Class centre to be opened shortly.

Please be advised

Company Euro Shaf Training Services Ltd - do not hold ITSSAR accreditation they have not done since 20th May 2013.


13th May 2016:

Build UK Drives Standards for Construction

Build UK continues to drive positive change in the UK’s construction industry, building on its progress over the past eight months with the release of two new industry standards.

The Safety Helmet Colours and Training Standards, drafted in consultation with, and the full support of, Build UK members to develop best practice and ensure the effective delivery of construction projects across the UK.

Using simple colour coding to identify on-site personnel, the Safety Helmet Colours Standard provides a clear and consistent approach to improve communication and safety across construction projects. The Training Standard, which was developed in response to the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) recommendation to specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo, will help contractors to assess the competence of construction workers, along with their eligibility to work on-site.

The latest standards follow an impressive period of activity for Build UK since its inception in 2015, a period which has seen the organisation use its substantial weight to make a difference to a number of industry issues including illegal working, prequalification, payment, the skills shortage and the procurement of British steel.

The response from Build UK members has been extremely positive and Julie White, Chairman of the Training and Skills Leadership Group, said:

"We’ve had some great, open discussion at our Build UK member forums and it’s fantastic to see the new industry standards taking shape. Both the Safety Helmet and Training Standards provide clear and practical help for everyone working on-site, showing that by improving our working relationships and using our collective voice, we can make a real difference to the industry”.

Please click the link for Training Standard, on page 5 you can now find the ITSSAR name.

In addition to a card carrying the CSCS logo individuals may need to have undertaken supplementary training to operate specific machinery, plant, or tools or to carry out certain activities. E.g. a steelwork erector would hold a steel erector card issued by CSCS and if required to use a MEWP would also hold an IPAF or other relevant card to cover this training. Cards or certificates issued by these organisations ( Training Standard page5) or schemes will only be recognised in addition to the individual holding an appropriate card carrying the CSCS logo.

11th May 2016: 

MEWP category groupings

/resources/site1/General/MEWPs clarification.pdf


20th April 2016:

Speed control failure killed forklift driver


An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that Severfield (UK) did not enforce seat

belt use or control the speed at which some FLT operators drove their trucks.


Teesside Crown Court heard that 27-year-old Kelvin McGibbon was not wearing a seatbelt when his truck overturned after hitting some steps on 13 March 2013. He died from crush injuries.

The company pleaded guilty to a non-causative breach of regulation 5(1) of the Management of

Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and was fined £135,000, and ordered to pay costs of



A non-causative breach means that the offence was deemed not to be a significant cause of the fatal accident.


Speaking after the case HSE inspector David Welsh said: "The prosecution shows that the company’s management of FLT driving operations and risk control measure failed with tragic consequences.”


 Article dateTuesday, April 19, 2016 - 12:15

Published on IOSH Magazine (

 ABA Workplace Transport bi meeting

 Meeting was held at RTITB on Tuesday 6th April 2016, next meeting to be held at NPORS in July 2016.

ITSSAR Networking events 13th March 2016:
ITSSAR is planning to hold a series of network events for Training Providers in Scotland, Ireland Northern and Southern England. These events are aimed at promoting ITSSAR and giving the training providers an opportunity to meet the team outside of their monitoring roles and network with other similar training providers.    

Industrial Truck Groupings - 11th March 2016:
ITSSAR have launched the new ABA approved industrial truck groupings that should promote consistency across the four members of the ABA. Instructors will have the option to return their ID cards to be updated with the new groupings free of charge.


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