Thorworld Industries, the loading and unloading specialists, has emphasised the increased efficiencies that dedicated loading equipment training can bring, beyond ensuring safety regulation compliance.
Thorworld highlights that loading equipment training can bring significant efficiency and productivity benefits by teaching optimal loading and unloading techniques and how to handle different types of goods.
It is also important that safety aspects of operations are introduced, and reinforced throughout the course, improving operator safety, and preventing downtime.
This knowledge helps to streamline operations, reduce loading and unloading times, and improves overall productivity. Well-trained employees can also minimise product damage during handling, leading to cost savings and improved customer satisfaction.
The loading equipment manufacturer has highlighted a decline in customers taking up specialised training, which focuses on optimising the safe usage of mobile yard ramps and associated loading and unloading aids.
Whilst there is no specific legal requirement for loading equipment training, employers are required under the Health & Safety At Work Act to provide information, instruction, supervision, and training to ensure employee safety.
“Time efficiency and safety are two of the main priorities for any business’s logistics operations and are often perceived to be in conflict, with a common mindset of ‘you can either be fast or be safe’”, said Mark James, Director of Administration, Quality & Safety at Thorworld Industries.
“As a SAFEcontractor business that has been supplying logistics equipment for over 40 years, we are well aware of the balancing act between speed and safety that many businesses face.
“With clear guidance and good loading equipment practice however, avoidable accidents can be prevented, ensuring a smooth, efficient, and above all, safe logistics process”.