HSE working towards pallet weight restriction

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is looking at ways to reduce maximum pallet weights to 750kg to cut the risk of injuries to drivers making tail-lift deliveries.

The move follows the announcement last year by Palletline and Fortec that they were reducing the maximum tail-lift delivery weight to 750kg. In Palletline’s case it has continued to handle heavier pallets under a scheme called Lift Assist, which members charge a supplement for.

The RHA, which has been pushing for a change for some time, is spearheading a campaign to restrict pallet weights for single driver deliveries.

There is no law stipulating pallet weights, but an HSE spokeswoman told Commercialmotor.com it expected companies to conduct a risk assessment for drivers.

“They should take into consideration the real risk delivery drivers face of suffering musculoskeletal injuries from moving heavy loads as well as looking at what the safe working limit is for the lorry’s tail-lift,” she said.

“The HSE is working with the industry to explore reducing the maximum pallet weight to 750kg.”

Paul Johnson, MD at West Midlands haulier Transervice Express, said that after discussions with the HSE he believed it wanted the industry to take the lead. “They are waiting for the industry to come up with a workable, safe load and then enforce it. It is the industry that handles those pallets, they are looking to the industry to say what is safe.”

However, Johnson warned: “The problem is, if the industry doesn’t come up with a workable solution and it is left to the HSE, it could say ‘OK, we will call it 500kg’. And then we are in a mess.”

RHA head of technical services Ray Engley said: “The RHA is one of the biggest pushers of this. It is gathering momentum and the HSE is keen. We want to work with it to make sure that happens.”

Eyan Clements is just the MAN at Swindon


MAN has appointed Eyan Clements TopUsed sales executive at its used trucks site in Swindon. Clements will be responsible for used vehicle sales at the company’s Swindon base, which will launch a dedicated TopUsed centre this year.

The manufacturer sells 2,000 to 2,500 used trucks – mainly Euro-5 and Euro-6 vehicles – every year through its TopUsed programme.

Historically, the manufacturer has held TopUsed stock at 35 sites, however under its new TopUsed Customer Charter, it is streamlining and improving its processes for selling used trucks.

It will set up a dedicated retail team, as well as developing used truck super sites in Felixstowe, Manchester and Swindon.

Clements has worked for MAN in office-based roles for the past 11 years, gaining experience as a supply chain controller, in aftersales and customer relations.

He said: “MAN looks after its own used stock and sells it direct to customers. We understand our customers’ needs and know our product, which puts us in a strong position.”

Rael Winetroube, head of MAN TopUsed, said: “Eyan has been appointed to MAN TopUsed as part of our expansion. As a manufacturer, we are uniquely placed to maximise its potential.”