A NEWMARKET-BASED company has its fingers crossed that it will bag a prestigious award for its new training programme.
Health & Safety Services (HSS) Newmarket, a training and consultancy provider is headed for the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health (IOSH) awards in London.
Kieran Linehan told The Corkman that his company devised a new training programme 'advanced telescopic handler,' training, which has led to this prestigious nomination.
"We felt the market necessitated such a programme, as the existing Fas CSCS programme only covers basic telescopic handlers, thus exposing the drivers of these machines to additional dangers, which they may be unaware of," he said.
"These machines carry far different and more advanced controls than the traditional teleporters. Consequently, a far higher level of risk is attached to these telescopic handlers," he added.
The new training programme was launched in January this year and it has proved very successful.
"We have also gone to considerable expense to adapt our training facilities at Newmarket to ensure we mimic real life scenarios which any operator may encounter. Our training centre now includes traversing very wet ground, quite extreme gradients, traversing bog mats," he said.
HSS employs 30 staff in Newmarket and their hard work has now paid off as they are now finalists in the category of training initiative of the year.