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A logistics company has been fined £270,000 after two employees were injured in two separate forklift truck accidents that took place in October 2014. The company involved is Rudolph & Hellmann Automotive, and they have been ordered to pay the fines and costs after one worker had his foot crushed when he was hit by a forklift truck; and on the following day, another worker was pinned beneath a large metal box which fell from a forklift truck, whilst he was walking along a marked pedestrian walkway. The worker endured serious injuries that included internal bleeding, a fractured pelvis and punctured lungs. 

After an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) it was discovered that forklift truck operators and their supervisors had not received correct training and the risk assessments that had been carried out were below standard. Vehicles and pedestrians had also not been separated accordingly. 

The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £265,000, and had to pay £14,943 in costs earlier this month. 

This incident was easily preventable had the correct risk control measures been put in place. To ensure a similar incident doesn't happen to you, we highly suggest that take a look at our range of Forklift Safety Signs. Ensure that your workplace meets health and safety requirements by clearly displaying relevant workplace safety signs. To view our range of forklift safety signs click here.

You'll find laminated safety labels in almost any workplace, and we have an excellent selection for you to choose from. They're the perfect way to remind your employees of the safety precautions they must take, as well as providing them with a warning of any potential hazards. These Laminated Safety Labels are required for marking products, equipment, building fixtures, fittings, electrical controls and switchgear.

All of our Laminated Safety Labels are produced to meet international standards, including United Kingingdom and European standards. All of our safety labels are waterproof, abrasion and chemical resistant, and are supplied in rolls of 250 labels. All symbols, colours and layouts comply with the ISO EN1710 and the Safety Signs and Signals Regulations 1996.

What Safety Labels are Included in our Range?

Included in our self-adhesive laminated safety labels are:

  • Mandatory labels for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - including ear, eye, foot, body, hand and breathing protection
  • Prohibition safety labels - including no smoking, no naked flames and do not touch 
  • Hazard Warning Labels - including electrical, voltage, toxic, corrosive, harmful, biological, radiation, fire and laser dangers

To view our entire range Laminated Safety Labels please click here. Need some more help? Give us a call on 0800 3761 693.

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If you work in retail or logistics, you'll know that this time of year is like no other when it comes to sending and receiving deliveries, which means that it's important to stock up on everything you need to keep your parcels safe, and ensure that they arrive in the expected condition. 

Fragile tape is an essential item for packing and sending items that are at risk of being damaged, and help to prevent careless handling and transportation from occurring. Although makers can be used alone to point out handling instructions for packages, fragile tape provides an additional element of protection to packages, with highly visible and easy-to-comprehend visual instructions. It also provides the additional benefit of keeping packages secure with its adhesive properties, which allow any tampering with goods to be easily recognised.

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Some items that would benefit from being packaged with fragile tape include:

  • Glass bottles/homeware
  • Electricals
  • Homeware such as crockery and decorative items 
  • Liquids 
  • Mechanical items 

Here at Label Source, the fragile tape we supply is made from self adhesive vinyl, so you can be sure that you are receiving a strong and highly durable product.  Each length measures 50mm x 66mm, and is printed with bold red lettering on a stark white background. For those who need to order in large quantities due to the scale of their operations, we offer quantity price breaks, offering great value for money when purchasing your fragile tape reels. For more details, or to order your tape, click here.

In addition to our fragile tape, we also supply a range of other products for managing deliveries, including those designed for instructional purposes, as well as those with additional security benefits. To see our full range of items, click here!

Metal Plaques

We sell a variety of blank metal plaques that can be used to mark a huge range of different items, from heavy machinery to hand-held equipment and just about everything in between. The 0.5mm thick plaques come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with three top-quality materials to choose from:

We can also supply bespoke metal plaques if you need an unusual shape/size or a different metal gauge thickness. Call 0333 256 2397 to discuss your requirements with a member of the Label Source team.

Uses for Our Blank Metal Plaques

Our metal plaques are supplied blank, allowing you to customise each plaque as needed by stamping it, engraving it, or laser-engraving it.

Here are just a few examples of how our high-quality metal plaques are used every day in a variety of environments:

  • Labelling machines and equipment clearly
  • Marking property with company logo
  • Displaying serial numbers / model numbers
  • Recording installation / inspection dates
  • Giving further information (e.g. pipe contents, flow direction, voltage)

Order your blank metal plaques here >

Remember, if our sturdy metal plaques aren't quite right for the task at hand, we sell a huge assortment of other labelling and tagging solutions here at Label Source - visit our Labels, Tags & Nameplates department to borwse our full range.

CE Label

The self-adhesive CE labels that we sell here at Label Source are made of high-quality vinyl with a laminated surface for added durability. They are waterproof, weatherproof, and rub test compliant; these are top-quality labels in all respects, and they are ideal for marking all kinds of different machines, instruments, and pieces of equipment.

What does the CE mark mean?

CE stands for 'Conformité Européenne' - that's French for 'European Conformity'. The symbol shown above, which can be found on a huge variety of different products, essentially means that the item in question conforms to European standards and can be sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).

Is the UK still part of the EEA?

At time of writing, the United Kingdom is still a full member of both the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area, meaning that many products are still required to bear the CE symbol if they are to be sold here. As you are probably aware, the British people voted to leave the EU in June 2016; however, this does not necessarily mean that the country will also leave the EEA.

Much of the Brexit debate has revolved around the question of whether we are in for a 'soft' Brexit or a 'hard' Brexit. Those in favour of a hard Brexit effectively want the UK to sever all ties with Europe, including the EEA, while advocates for a softer Brexit have suggested that Britain could remain within the European 'free trade zone' even after exiting the European Union proper. (It's likely that this will only be an option if the UK makes some concessions to the EU, e.g. on immigration / freedom of movement).

It is currently unclear whether or not CE labels will continue to be a mandatory presence in British stores for the long term. However, for the time being, the UK is still bound by the same legislation as before the EU referendum, and so British retailers will still be seeing CE symbol on a regular basis for at least a little while yet.

Our CE labels are ideal for machinery and equipment of all sizes. Click here to order your CE symbol labels from the Label Source website.