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In what is described as its most ambitious initiative to date, the Fork Lift Truck Association is spearheading a nationwide drive to improve safety at every site that uses fork lift trucks: be it single truck or a fleet comprising many hundreds.
The Safer Site Programme is a free, online, step-by-step safety programme that anyone can implement.
The idea is simple: at regular intervals the FLTA will publish on its website a new step in the programme. Each step will contain advice, guidance, resources and a series of practical tasks that must be completed to move through the process.
The aim of the programme is threefold: 1. to actively drive down the number and frequency of fork lift truck accidents – and near misses – in the UK 2. to share successful safety initiatives between companies who operate fork lift trucks and to improve the general level of safety precautions on UK fork lift truck sites 3. to encourage open, blame-free incidence reporting so that everyone feels able to highlight dangerous practices freely and without recriminations
To find out more, or to take your first step on the programme, visit the FLTA website where you will find all the information you need.
“We urge every person reading this, and every company whose work involves fork lift trucks, to participate in the Safer Site Programme” says FLTA Chief Executive Peter Harvey. “For some it will be the first step on the road to a safer site. To others, it will add to their knowledge and provide valuable new ideas and resources. I promise that everyone who gets involved will achieve real and lasting benefits.”
Innovative Scheme Allows Co-Op Food To Steer Clear Of Driver Shortage
The Co-operative Food has geared up to steer clear of a potential national shortage of van and lorry drivers by announcing an innovative training programme for more than 100 warehouse colleagues.
Currently across the UK there is just one driver joining the industry for every six that leave but The Co-operative plans to put the brakes on this trend by training depot staff, without any previous experience. Warehouse to Wheels is a comprehensive eight week programme, costing nearly £2,000 per employee, which involves warehouse workers at eight Co-operative Food depots training to become light goods vehicle (LGV) drivers.
Once they have gained their LGV Class 2 Licence, staff will have a choice of either becoming a full time driver or joining a pool whereby they remain a warehouse operative but available to drive at times of peak need.
Chris Whitfield, Retail and Logistics Director at the Co-operative Food said: “Our Warehouse to Wheels programme is a great example of how we are committed to developing the talent we already have and it will help us counter a potential shortage of drivers by steadily increasing our LGV pool.
“It will enable those who want to become full time drivers while others can continue to work in the warehouse with the option of topping up their pay by working certain shifts as a driver.”
Frontline Packaging impresses Food Service Customer with Atlanta Synthesi Pallet Wrapper
A top quality manufacturer of own label breadings, coatings, marinades and powder sauces for the fast food service industry has recently placed an order for its first turntable pallet stretch wrapper from Frontline Packaging. It was a welcome development for the customer as they were wrapping pallets by hand. As production capacity increased it needed to speed up its pallet wrapping operation and make it more efficient and effective.
Having identified the need to automate its pallet wrapping operation, the customer approached Frontline Packaging for some help choosing the right machine.
"Frontline were very helpful and came along to survey the factory and help us work out what we would need to fit in to the current operation," he explained.
"They showed us the Atlanta Synthesi machine which seemed ideal, and we kept it on loan for a week to make sure we were happy with it."
The customer needed a machine that was compact, easy to install and simple to operate in limited space in the factory. The Synthesi worked really well during the loan period and the customer loved it.
"The Synthesi is perfect for those customers taking a first step in to automating their pallet wrapping," says Tony Hacker, MD of Frontline Packaging.
"It's incredibly well-designed and robust and very straightforward to use. It's also extremely good value for money and was the perfect solution for this customer to speed up its pallet wrapping operation."
The customer quickly ordered the machine and it has been working non-stop ever since.