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Launched in 2008, the Safe Site Award is undoubtedly one of the most important prizes presented at the Fork Lift Truck Association’s (FLTA) Annual Awards for Excellence.
Fork lift operating companies, from across all sectors, compete to see who has implemented the best initiatives to improve site safety – be they pioneering, economic, or simply highly effective.
As in previous years, an impressive number of companies entered their safe site solutions for the 2017 Award. The list of finalists features no less than three businesses from food and drink industries…
Not content with winning the Safe Site Award in 2015, G’s Fresh Beetroot is back. A workplace transport risk assessment identified the need for more robust controls to prevent unauthorised access to busy yard and warehouse areas. A new yard barrier now controls vehicle and pedestrian site access, and an audio-visual warning announces pedestrians entering the hazardous yard area.
British brewer of traditional ale, Hall and Woodhouse, conducted a complete review of fork lift truck operations at its brewery in Blandford St Mary, Dorset, utilising guidance and risk assessments from the FLTA. This prompted changes to site and traffic management and layout. Trucks were also fitted with the latest safety enhancements. In addition, staff were retrained with new, safer practices and all staff are now actively encourage to report dangerous practices and near-misses, resulting in a four-fold increase in reporting.
Unilever UK Ltd took action at its Trafford Park factory, which resulted in greater worker engagement and three years without a single lift truck related accident. A worker involvement study provided an understanding of the site’s health and safety culture. Additional cost analysis, analysing all accidents and near misses, revealed accident causes and key issues in need of addressing. Influencing work culture, regular meetings and discussions were established, along with safety pledges, competitions and more.
With so many excellent entries, it won’t be easy for the FLTA’s panel of expert industry judges to pick a decisive champion. The winner will be announced at a black-tie ceremony in March.
Tesco has announced proposed changes to its distribution network in order to run its business more simply and in a way that best serves its customers.
These changes form part of a wider programme of transformation, which has been taking place over the last two years, to ensure Tesco is set up for the future in a rapidly changing retail sector.
The proposed changes will reduce the number of Tesco distribution centres from 25 to 23 in the UK and will include:
* Closing Welham Green distribution centre and moving its grocery operations to the Reading distribution centre.
* Bringing the majority of general merchandising into one distribution centre at Middlesbrough, resulting in the closure of the Chesterfield distribution centre.
* Withdrawing from Daventry hanging garments shared distribution centre which is currently operated by third party DHL. Its clothing operations will move to nearby Tesco Daventry distribution centre.
* Bringing all warehouse operations that are currently carried out by DHL and Wincanton in house.
* Simplifying the management structure across all distribution centres.
While these changes will result in some redundancies, new roles will be created within other sites across the Tesco distribution network. This includes new jobs at Reading and Middlesbrough distribution centres as well as the creation of colleague support roles in the majority of centres.
Matt Davies, Tesco UK&ROI CEO, said: “As the needs of our customers change, it’s vital we transform our business for the future.
“As part of this we are proposing to close two of our distribution centres in the UK. These changes will help to simplify our distribution operations so we can continue to serve our customers better.
“Our priority throughout this process has been our colleagues and we will continue to do all we can to support them at this time.”
Frozen food distributor Central Foods has been awarded the BRC Standard for Agents and Brokers.
The Northamptonshire-based company, which supplies a wide range of frozen food to wholesalers and caterers across the UK and for export, worked closely with its suppliers to achieve the accreditation.
BRC Global Standards is a leading safety and quality certification programme, used by more than 23,000 certificated suppliers in 123 countries. The Standard for Agents and Brokers gives essential certification for companies that provide purchase, importation or product distribution services in the food and packaging supply chain.
Central Foods managing director Gordon Lauder said: “This Global Standard is designed to reflect best practice on product safety, quality and operations, and it is great news that it has been awarded to Central Foods. It’s a ringing endorsement of the standards provided by the company and clients.
“In essence, it reinforces confidence in the quality and safety of the food supplied by the company to our many customers throughout the UK and for export. As a frozen food distributor, we place great emphasis on quality and provenance.”
Central Foods, which is based at Collingtree near Northampton, supplies more than 220 independent wholesalers, as well as larger national and regional wholesalers. It also supplies to foodservice caterers across the entire foodservice industry, including pubs, hotels, restaurants, staff canteens, schools, hospitals, coffee shops, football grounds and universities.
Offering a one-stop shop to the foodservice sector, it sources products from around the world and the UK, supplying more than 400 different lines, ranging from meat, bakery items and canapés through to buffet products, desserts and puddings.
Central Foods has been regularly named in the annual Grant Thornton Northamptonshire Ltd report which highlights the growth of the top 100 privately owned businesses in Northamptonshire, and was ranked as one of the 200 fastest growing companies in the East Midlands in the 2015 Grant Thornton and CBI report, the most recent available, which highlighted growing organisations.
The company is marking its 21st anniversary in 2017.