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Course tows the line for trailer safety

Improved safety of workers when towing construction equipment is promised by a new course developed by the National Construction College (NCC).

The course - Loading and Movement of Trailers and Mobile Towable Units - provides information on towing legislation, safe practices and workers’ responsibilities. NCC said it launched the one-day course after its research showed there was a lack of awareness of how trailers and towable units should be matched, inspected, hitched and loaded safely.

According to NCC director Andy Walder, having a workforce that is operating as safely as possible can deliver significant benefits for businesses and ultimately save them thousands of pounds each year. “It’s not just about compliance with legislation - incorporating health and safety into a business could save employers unnecessary costs and increase their productivity,” he added.

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