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16/05/2013 at 19:01
I have just this minute realised that some training I'm supposed to deliver next Friday might well be an issue now I'm pregnant and just wanted to ask your advice.
I work in waste collection and as a supervisor I carry out routine monitoring of the crews on the round plus all training. In the last week we've had two accidents with people being hit by bins coming off the back of the wagon. My boss has asked me to retrain all the staff in back end operation so how to put the bins on, how to operate the lifts, safety switches and how to drop the plate on the back if they need to.
Normally this isn't something I would think twice about but I am aware that the back end of a bin truck is not a particularly nice place to be. When I induct new staff, a big chunk is the risks and diseases you can pick up so I'm well versed on it!! I've managed to be pretty office based the last few weeks as there's a lot of paperwork that needs updating so I've avoided going out and poking round the wagons without it being obvious that's what I'm doing.
So, firstly is it safe for me to do this training? Secondly, do I need to tell my boss at this point that I'm expecting? I feel like I should make him aware of the situation and let him talk to the QHSE depaertment and judge whether it's something I'm still ok to do rather than carrying on and potentially exposing myself to all sorts...
What does everyone think?
16/05/2013 at 19:08
It's a difficult one Jem. I think if you're worried about it I would speak to him. You've got an early scan tomorrow haven't you? If it was me, I'd wait until after your early scan and then speak to him.
16/05/2013 at 19:11
YES! You and the safety of your baby is now 1st priority. If something was to happen then the company insurance may not cover you. Your employers have a duty of care to all employees.
16/05/2013 at 19:12
I have yes. He's not in the office with me tomorrow so would have to wait til next week anyway. I'm worried about saying something early just in case but by the same token I don't want to jeopardise things for the sake of keeping a secret... Thanks Imp. How are you feeling?
16/05/2013 at 19:16
You and that baby are your priority. You need to do your risk assessment ASAP IMO.
16/05/2013 at 19:20
Kirstie sorry x posted with you there
I think I was still hoping I could come up with an excuse to get out of it but you're all right!
16/05/2013 at 21:27
I had to tell my manager literally as soon as I got my bfp due to the nature if my job. Risk assessments were done literally the next day, and a few things changed for safety.
I think you have to tell your boss ASAP.
16/05/2013 at 21:53
Eurgh I used to work in that field and any whiff of risk calls for a talking to your manager. They need to do a risk assessment but more so in that job
16/05/2013 at 22:09
Thanks all. Well I guess first job in the morning is to write the risk assessments!! (Yes that's up to me too lol) then at least I can show I'm proactive when I have to talk to my manager next week. There's a conversation I'm not looking forward to! I've not long been moved to this depot and everyone has been so nice to me...
Missus S your reply made me laugh! Trouble is I actually enjoy it (insert seriously sad icon)
16/05/2013 at 22:32
*nods head at seriously sad icon* Isn't someone else supposed to do your risk assess?
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