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Royal Mail, Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Safety Flash – ‘Moving Blocks of 5 Nested York

No. 360/2020

Our Ref:  C25/20

To:  All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

Royal Mail, Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Safety Flash – ‘Moving Blocks of 5 Nested York Roll Containers in Breach of the SSoW’ – Member Injured

RM SHE Safety Flash FY20-010 has been issued on 29 June after a driver was injured whilst attempting to move a block of 5 Nested Yorks onto a trailer without the assistance of a second person, in breach of the ‘Mandatory’ York and Mini-York Containers Safe System of Work.

The Safe System of Work instructions and manual handling training documentation allow for one person to move blocks of up to 3 nested York Containers and for two persons to move blocks of up to 5 nested York Containers.

Individuals attempting to move 5 nested York Containers single-handedly is incorrect and poor manual handling technique which risks causing musculoskeletal injury. Any individual presented with blocks of 5 York Containers to manoeuvre or load/unload to/from vehicles and trailers should seek assistance or break down the blocks to a maximum of 3 at a time. This message is to be communicated to indoor staff and drivers and the Safety Flash is to be displayed on notice boards.

The key activities for Managers are:

  • To communicate the Safety Flash to all indoor staff and drivers.

  • To display the Safety Flash on notice boards.

  • To ensure Workplace Coaches and Advanced Driver Coaches demonstrate good manual handling technique for moving nested York’s (3 and 5 nested Yorks) when delivering Manual Handling refreshers.

  • To undertake regular observations onsite to review the handling practices of nested Yorks.

ASRs and WSRs are requested to check via their safety inspections and spot checks that the Safety Flash and Safe System of Work are being complied with and if not – report the matter to management and the Safety Advisor, include it on the next Safety Inspection report and raise it at the appropriate next joint Health and Safety Committee.


Yours sincerely,

Dave Joyce National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

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