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Coping with Slopes

Coping with Slopes

DSC07291When working in the maintenance industry there are a variety of dangers operatives need to be aware of at all times. These include the difficulties encountered when working on slopes and steep banks.

Recently, the industry witnessed another serious injury of an operative using a ride-on mower on a bank that was simply too steep for the machine in use. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and subsequently rolled the machine resulting in a life changing injury. The Council who contracted the operative was fined over £40,000, highlighting the lack of training and safety equipment, including an inclinometer

In light of this, BALI teamed up with the National Contractor Forum (NCF) in presenting the “Coping with Slopes” event at Draycote Water with speakers including Neil Huck, BALI Technical Director and Ground Control National Training Manager.

The event highlighted the reasons behind injuries when working on slopes and banks, from financial and time constraints to a simple lack of training and relevant investment. Neil stated that the court hearing for the recent ride-on mower accident was a landmark moment for the maintenance industry;

“The Judge stated the Council had failed the operative by providing inadequate training. We are now introducing a national standard to avoid repetitions of this incident.”

The event also included live demonstrations of a variety of mowers that are specially designed to work on slopes of varying degrees. Ground Control is proud of its outstanding safety history which has included four consecutive RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Gold Awards.

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