ruth-waringRuth Waring of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd will cover a number of different aspects within the FLT workplace transport arena during her Safety Conference discussion of high risk areas.

Ruth will look at how areas of vehicle movement can be extremely dangerous for pedestrians – yet a belief persists that a high visibility jacket will be sufficient to save lives. Ruth challenges such received wisdom and argues that the safest way to be a pedestrian is to stay away from the area. Ruth also discusses the role of walkways and safe waiting areas.

Moving on to the subject of drive-away risk, which is an area of concern whether unloading from the rear or the side, Ruth will look at the best measures to prevent this. Many shared user environments overlook this critical area, where safety can literally fall between the gaps. Run-away vehicle risk is also considered, and Ruth will discuss the role of shunters and trailer handbrakes in preventing coupling-up incidents.

Working at height on trailer beds has been a thorny topic since the law changed in 2005. Ruth’s session will identify practical measures all sites can take to address the risk of drivers being shunted off trailers by FLTs, or simply falling off during loading activity.

Uncontrolled movement of product – the tricky ‘bulgy curtain’ issue – is also discussed as are the practical steps that can be taken which don’t jeopardise safety or move the problem onto the highway.

Ruth’s session will cover the legal requirements for LGV drivers to check their load prior to leaving, and highlights the danger of inexperienced LGV drivers, both foreign and home-grown. Ruth will also look at what can be done to make 3PL and 4PL operations safer as the involvement of many parties can dilute safety messages.

Finally Ruth will discuss Women in Logistics UK – the group she founded exactly two years ago which now boasts over 1,000 members.

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