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Liebherr GB aiming to improve on-site safety

Liebherr LH30M material handler

New customer programme to help combat accident rates in the waste, recycling and resource management sector

LIEBHERR Great Britain Ltd have launched a new Product Familiarisation Programme to support their customers in the UK waste, recycling and resource management sector, to help improve on-site safety. 

The initial focus will be on materials handling machines, where there is a recognized gap in both knowledge and support, to ensure that customers have an in-depth understanding of their own specific machines.

The programme will see Liebherr supply skilled product demonstrators to a customer’s site for a one- or two-day session, with each course comprising two core elements.

First, an interactive classroom session designed to cover all elements of operating the machine and understanding its capability, followed by a demonstration and a tour around the customer’s own Liebherr machine, so that points discussed during the theory session can be reviewed in an operational environment.

Secondly, a classroom-based test, after which all participants who have reached the required standard will be issued with a certificate to demonstrate that they have passed the Product Familiarisation course.

Commenting on the launch, Liebherr GB’s material handler product specialist, Mike Hanlon, said: ‘Whilst there are numerous training companies running courses for most machine types, there are none for industrial material handlers.

‘The Product Familiarisation Programme will…enable us to support customers, many of whom are running multiple machines, who want to take even greater ownership for the safe operation of their machines and the care of those employees operating them.’

HSE statistics show that in 2015/16 there were six fatal injuries in the waste and recycling sector with 30 fatalities occurring over the last five years.

Five per cent of workers in the sector sustain a non-fatal workplace injury every year with an estimated 5,000 reported injuries per year since 2009/10. 

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