Train Aid Ltd sets out to certify London Lawn Turf's employees in first aid and manual handling
The London Lawn Turf Company has linked up with Train Aid Ltd in order to certify their staff within the field of health & safety. Train Aid will be looking after their first aid and manual handling training courses, which will ensure that safety standards are maintained throughout the company's network of yards in the South East of England. They awarded the contract to Train Aid because of the requirement for bespoke courses that had a real practical relevance to the type of work that they are involved in. Training employees at the five depots is an on-going process, and will need to be refreshed on a three yearly basis.
LLTC are the largest supplier of lawn turf to the trade and retail sectors in the South East of England. They presently operate five depots, each of which houses a minimum of ten staff. A combination of Heavy goods and light goods vehicles are used to distribute the turf to gardens and building sites in their catchment area. This in itself can sometimes prove dangerous and often requires complete concentration. Both first aid and manual handling skills are essential in the event of an accident.
1000's of rolls of turfed are lifted across the board each day, which is very much part and parcel of the job. Manual handling training courses can help ensure that employees are aware of the risks involved with lifting objects incorrectly. Train Aid has successfully completed this element of the company's health & safety requirement, and was able to tailor the courses to suit the needs of yard workers. The training can show employees how to correctly lift a heavy object like a roll of turf, and can educate them about resulting injuries.
Yards are notoriously hazardous environments, where there are a wide range of heavy, sharp and powerful objects. Standards within the industry are very high, whereby accidents rarely even occur. However the industry is still considered high risk, and things pop up time from time that requires the administration of treatment. This has resulted in Train Aid providing first aid training courses for all of the staff across the five depots. They are now all prepared and certified to step in and help in the event of an accident. A spokesman from the company summed up his feelings on the matter:
œWe are generally pleased that all of our staff members are in the process of becoming fully certified in the field of Health & Safety. This has been a lengthy process, but we feel that it is more than worthwhile in the long run.
The current contract stipulates that all staff will refresh their skills at the expiration of their certificates (three years).