HSS Hire Group

Handle with care

“The shape and weight of the equipment we handle poses significant safety challenges for our employees – so we were experiencing a range of manual handling injuries, especially when loading and unloading vehicles. That’s why there was a need for fundamental behavioural change.

We wanted to develop a safety-first culture to help drive this change and needed a training product that was industry-recognised with a strong brand – which is why we chose IOSH.

All our area managers attended the four-day Managing Safely course. Meanwhile, all new colleagues that join our HSS Training Academy attend the Working Safely course – because we’re aiming for the ‘safety first’ message to be taken into the workplace from the moment they arrive.

Our strategy continues to deliver great results. The RIDDOR rate at HSS continues to fall with overall accident rates reduced by 12% year-on-year and new bump caps helping reduce head injuries in 2014 by 50%.

Driver injuries are down 40% year-on-year, with a 50% reduction in hand injuries due to the introduction of a new range of gloves.

We now view the IOSH training programmes as an integral part of developing a safety-first mindset. This isn’t just about training – it’s about creating a genuine safety culture within our business.”

David Bennett-Bull, Commercial Director, HSS

Company profile:

HSS provides a wide range of tools and equipment for trade and DIY customers and big businesses, together with training services, managed equipment plans, and HSS LiveHire - one of the most powerful tools in the hire industry.

They now operate over 300 locations in the UK and Ireland, employing over 3,000 colleagues. HSS are the only tool and equipment hire company to have achieved a four-star British Safety Council Award.

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