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Eight steps to becoming a safer driver

23-08-2016

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The number of people on the road in the UK is rising, but according to government statistics, the rate of accidents is increasing even faster. That means it is important for us to take steps to become safer in our cars. Here are eight steps to follow to become a better driver.

  1. Adopt a better position on the steering wheel

Many drivers keep their hands in the classic ‘10 and 2’ position on the wheel – referring to the position of hands on a clock. However, in recent years it has been suggested that ‘9 and 3’ would be a better place for your hands. It allows muscles to relax, leaves you feeling more comfortable and gives you more control over the car.

  1. Stop speeding

Be honest with yourself – how often do you exceed the speed limit? Once a month? Once a week? Every day? Speeding is something that almost every driver is guilty of at some point, and for many, it is virtually standard practice to drive everywhere above the legal limit. But the truth is that speed limits are in place for a reason – they keep you, other road users and pedestrians safe. Make an effort to reduce your speed and stay within the limit.

  1. Rid your car of distractions

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Five ways to avoid the Fawlty Towers fire drill debacle

28-07-2016

John Cleese and the Fawlty Towers team are extremely good at injecting hilarious farce into otherwise ordinary situations. I laugh out loud every time I watch any episode, including the episode where Basil Fawlty incompetently conducts a fire drill (This is the sixth episode of the first series entitled The Germans).

As the hilarity grows and the confusion increases, though, there is an important message underneath the slapstick. In between the drill and the actual fire that Manuel starts in his panic, Basil Fawlty believes the 'ordeal' to be over and says: “Well that ought to keep the fire department happy for another six months. I do not know why we bother!” When a drill is conducted the way he has done it, he is right to wonder its use, as the exercise did no good for anyone.

When you are starting and even once you are running a business, procedures such as a drill can feel superfluous to your core business practices and can be easily overlooked, but when they are done in the right way they are essential to safety in premises that hold more than a handful of people.

A fire drill is not conducted for the fire department; it is not done to keep anyone off your bac…

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Benefits of ergonomics in the workplace

26-07-2016

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How much money does your company invest annually in office furniture? The chairs and desks your employees use could be costing you unnecessary money — especially if they do not promote proper posture or do not allow users to adjust the headrest, armrest and back. In a survey of 250 companies, the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries found several benefits provided by ergonomics — the study of worker productivity and safety. Consider improving your office furniture as you bring these benefits to your company today.

Reduce Injuries

When you're forced to sit in an uncomfortable position all day, you could experience pain in your neck, shoulders, wrists, arms and back. Employees also complain of numbness, tingling, difficulty moving, stiff joints and muscle loss when their workstations are not ergonomic.

This pain is the first step toward a potential injury. Carpal tunnel, back disc deterioration and headache are three of several chronic injuries that can occur because of poor posture. By investing in ergonomic office furniture, you can reduce these injuries and keep your workforce safe and healthy.

Improve Productivity

Employees who sit in uncomfor…

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