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Behind every great safety initiative there’s a great safety champion and the Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), thinks it’s about time that they received the industry-wide acclaim that they deserve.
Does your company have a special individual that deserves recognition for going that extra mile and leading the way when it comes to improving safety at your site? Then put them in the running and they could be crowned FLTA Safety Champion at the Continuous Professional Development accredited-FLTA National Safety Conference at Loughborough University on 23rd September 2015.
FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey explains: “The Safety Champion Award, sponsored by Briggs Equipment UK, recognises those who have shown exemplary commitment to positive change at their site in making it a safer place to be for all who work on or in close proximity to fork lift trucks.
“It takes real determination to drive change and be the stand-out voice, sometimes in the face of opposition by people who resist change of any sort. These are the leaders and innovators that we want to acknowledge for their efforts, and hopefully it will also encourage other people to be bold and lead safety advances at their site”.
Peter continues: “The Award is open to companies of all shapes and sizes, in all sectors. To enter, simply tell us, in 300 words or fewer, why you or the person you are nominating should be the FLTA Safety Champion 2015. Hint: be specific about how risk has been reduced on site. For example, did you engage employees with a fork lift safety campaign or come up with a new operational measure that is now incorporated into your operational routines?
“In addition, companies may provide supporting photos, video clips or other documentation with their online entry.”
Igloo Turns Up The Heat With New Superhero Brand Campaign
Employees at refrigerated courier experts Igloo have been transformed into superheroes as part of its new brand campaign.
The new campaign reflects a major investment by Igloo in its fleet of vans, IT infrastructure and customer service support.
A short film on the company’s new website shows key members of staff employing different super powers to ensure that urgent deliveries get through to clients in ice cold condition.
The fun film also showcases Igloo’s expanded fleet of vehicles that includes four new Mercedes Sprinter Vans and four Mercedes Box Vans. This investment, in addition to previous new vehicles, increases the Igloo fleet by 20% to support the continued growth of the business.
Alistair Turner, CEO of Igloo, said: “We are starting a new chapter in the growth of Igloo by investing in our people and the service we provide.
“For the last 10 years Igloo has been committed to delivering an exceptional refrigerated delivery service. With an ever increasing list of satisfied clients our expanding delivery network is growing from strength to strength.”
Igloo’s new vehicle fleet offers increased loading capacity and greater versatility including better temperature control, with three different temperature regimes in separate compartments.
Alistair Turner added: “We have increased our capacity to move products around the Igloo depot network and introduced temporary inflatable cold storage at our HQ in Watford to provide additional capacity during peak trading.”
Red Tape Adds £6.4 Billion Onto The Cost Of Distribution In The UK
Red tape now costs distributive trades around £6.4 billion or 32% of the total cost for the UK’s micro, small and medium sized employers.
This means that compliance with legislation now costs firms in this industry £15,900 each or around £1,845 per employee – according to research from the Forum of Private Business.
Internal compliance costs have risen to £4.1 billion, eclipsing the modest savings on external consultants which has dropped to £2.3 billion, however companies in this industry account for 35% of consultant costs despite being 32% of overall employment
Time has now become the most pressing issue for the industry and it is not difficult to see why as the time spent internally meeting regulatory compliance rose to 40 hours per month, up 11% on 2013. Time taken to complete payroll requirements has risen 1.2 hours across the industry with small and medium companies (those with over 10 staff) seeing the biggest rises in time spent on payroll.
“This industry is very price sensitive – particularly in the current economic climate – and red tape can make good companies uncompetitive as a result” said the Forum’s Managing Director, Ian Cass.
“The Forum has raised our game and increased cover for our members in this industry removing the pernicious 51% prospect of success clause on our standard cover and including support for companies that have to act before they have time to take insured advice.”
Retailers, hoteliers and other business owners in the industry work long hours and need support that is designed around them so we have introduced video training modules, case studies alongside our employment and health and safety guides to support them when they need help.
The Forum has found that small firms across the UK pay external contractors a total of £6.5 billion for regulatory compliance services, while internal time costs are £13.5 billion in total.
“There is also evidence that the government are failing to consider the implications of regulations on the regions smallest and most numerous employers as micro businesses are paying almost ten times more per employee than medium sized firms,” continued Mr Cass
“Paying commissions on holiday pay has been a bolt out of the blue and businesses with less than 5 people say that they simply cannot get shared parental leave to work without it harming their ability to grow”
The Forum has also bolstered its support for members in light of concerns about tax investigation, cyber crime and the complexity of legal compliance. Overall Forum members pay around half as much for employment law and health and safety specialists as other firms, but spend a similar amount of time on health and safety compliance and 15% less on employment law.