Workshops to draw attention to the dangers of handling tyres are being held around the country by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in conjunction with the tyre Industry.
HSE, working with the National Tyre Distributors Association (NTDA) and the British Tyre Manufacturers Association (BTMA), will run six workshops about tyre handling during January to March 2009.
NTDA Director Richard Edy said: ‘NTDA research shows that back injuries caused by lifting tyres incorrectly are responsible for a huge number of lost man-hours in our sector and we are delighted to be working with the HSE to highlight the dangers to the trade.’
Abid Dost, BTMA’s Health, Safety and Environment Director added: ‘BTMA has worked in partnership with HSE to reduce manual handling injuries for more than 10 years. These seminars are a golden opportunity to benefit from the distilled knowledge and experience gathered over the years, and acquire the tools to reduce the costs of manual handling injuries.’
HSE’s Terry Aston, who is also Chair of RUBIAC (Rubber Industry Advisory Committee), confirmed: ‘Moving and fitting tyres involves a lot of manual handling; back and other muscular injuries are common. The cost to employers is considerable so we are pleased to work with the industry to have the opportunity to promote best practice. We’ll reach a wide audience in the UK.’
The three-hour workshops will include sessions on the HSE’s Manual Handling Assessment Chart Tool in the retail tyre environment; local authority inspection visits; industry initiatives and latest developments and manual handling training information based on COPE Occupational Health Service’s work with Goodyear.