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Discussion in 'Jobs and Employment' started by IJP66, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. IJP66

    IJP66 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi
    After some opions here please.

    Been a diabetic 26 years in October
    And been in same job doing warehouse work including driving a fork lift.

    Recently got stopped from driving the fork lift because my blood sugar was too high.
    Probably averaging about 9.5

    Gave me a kick up the backside as probably took my eye off the ball

    Got down to average of 8.1 and was told still need to improve

    Today my average down to 7.3 and still not allowed to drive.

    Find it odd that I am OK to drive a car at 70mph as long as I'm not too low but can't drive a Flt limited to 5mph

    Worry now is if I keep trying to drop my levels I will become too low and have to keep stopping work to treat hypos

    And the stress and worry also won't help my levels

    Not had any incidents or accidents when driving the flt or car
     
  2. GrantGam

    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Can I just ask the following:

    -Who stopped you from driving the forklift?
    -What guidance/mandatory requirements are they working from when stopping you driving?
    -Are your values mmol/l finger prick readings or HbA1c % ones?
     
  3. IJP66

    IJP66 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi
    Had a routine works medical and sugar was detected in my urine
    Works occy health stopped me
    Been told need blood sugar overall average to be between 5 and 7
    Think they are classing me the same as an Hgv class 2 driver

    The average I used here are average from blood sugar meter over 30 days
     
  4. GrantGam

    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    To have a BG between 5-7 at all times is a very demanding task and a standard that only a complete idiot would dictate to a diabetic...

    I'm afraid I'm in no position to comment on HGV licensing criteria, but there are people here driving lorries, buses and taxis with T2 so I hope they offer first hand advice soon.

    Your work are wrong in what they're doing, I know that much.
     
  5. IJP66

    IJP66 Type 1 · Member

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    Yes think if they want me to go lower there are more chances of hypos
    Will be looking to escalate as a grievance if it is not sorted next week
     
  6. IJP66

    IJP66 Type 1 · Member

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    Have this on my fridge
    Issued by own doctors
    Will be showing this to the occy health on Wednesday [​IMG]
     
  7. wardywilbury

    wardywilbury · Newbie

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    @IJP66 as a safety practitioner, and diabetic, my approach to this would be risk based. The UK guidance can be a bit wooly when it comes to diabetes and machinery including FLT. Generally eyesight requirements are the same as car licenses and the higher requirements for vocational (hgv etc) drivers only applies to those in high risk environments.

    When I conduct a person based risk assessment for a diabetic employee I would take in to account their working environment as well as their health related risks.
    Working in logistics/warehousing /parcels sector the last 15+ years I have not yet taken someone off the tools based on what you describe. Ask for a person based risk assessment and justification as it sounds like someone is being risk averse rather than managing the risk.
     
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  8. IJP66

    IJP66 Type 1 · Member

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    Thanks for that

    Had another meeting on Wednesday and now allowed to drive the Flt again with a review on how its going at the end of October
     
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    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Do you lose pay by not driving the fort lift?
    Do you do more walking (and lifting) when you are not driving it?

    I am thinking that occy health may be doing what is best for your health.......
     
  10. IJP66

    IJP66 Type 1 · Member

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    Don't lose pay
    Bit more walking but not lifting
    But it was inconvenient when I'm next to the fork lift and my work colleague was at the opposite end of the factory.
    So had to ring him to say unload 1 pallet that would take me a minute while he had to leave what he was doing and take 5 minutes to get there then probably return back
     
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