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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 one or one hundred.
The Safer Site Programme is a free, online, step-by-step safety programme that anyone can implement.
The idea is simple: each month 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. To add an element of fun and competition, the Association is also asking everyone taking part in the programme to take a ‘selfie’ photograph of the most important safety feature on their site. Called a ‘Safety Selfie’, the photo should include both the safety feature AND the person responsible for implementing that safety initiative on the site.
Ten lucky winners in the competition will each receive a Kindle Fire HD tablet thanks to generous sponsorship from Rivermore Asset Finance, who are marking a decade supporting the materials handling industry.
The competition will run until 31st December 2014 and is open to anyone who works on or around fork lift trucks (full details are on the FLTA website). To check out the entries so far, head to the special ‘Safety Selfie’ gallery on the website. How to save a life: a roadmap to a safer site
The FLTA would urge every person reading this, and every company whose work involves fork lift trucks, to participate in the Safer Site Programme and take this simple first step for their colleagues’ benefit, and their own.
If you want to know how to save a life, now or in the future, this is it. The Fork Lift Truck Association is the UK’s independent authority on fork lift trucks. For more information, please visit www.fork-truck.org.uk or call 01635 277577.
Red Is The New Green As LPR Delivers Environmental Promise
Warwickshire-based pallet pool operator, LPR, launched its new ‘White Book’ – a global environmental initiative to deliver even greater sustainability across the food and drink supply chain – with a company-wide ‘Red Day’ in September.
After unveiling the LPR White Book for World Environment Day in June, LPR invited all of its employees across 11 countries to submit suggestions for how to cement its corporate social responsibility commitments at an international ‘Red Day’.
During the day, LPR’s employees planted more than 100 trees across its international network, as well as holding cake sales and hosting quizzes. More than 25 employees at LPR’s UK headquarters in Studley, Warwickshire, took part in the initiative, which also raised £260 for charity, as well as delivering a car full of clothing, books and game donations to the Red Cross.
Jane Gorick, managing director of LPR UK, said: “As a leading player in the pallet-pooling sector, we have a duty to ensure that our operations are as sustainable as possible. That’s why we were the first pallet pooler in the industry to gain PEFC accreditation – showing all of our timber comes from sustainable sources.
“Red Day was a huge success for us in the UK and worldwide, raising awareness of our existing environmental commitments and rewarding employees for their hard work. We had a fantastic time and look forward to continuing to deliver on our green goals.”
UB Goes Down Sustainability Route With Cooking Oil Fuelled Trucks
United Biscuits (UB), the leading international manufacturer of biscuits and cakes, has developed an industry leading sustainability initiative through the use of waste cooking oil to power 12 of its lorry fleet.
Estimated to save up to 97% in CO2 emissions, compared to traditional diesel fuel, the pioneering project forms part of the company’s multi-award winning ‘Fewer and Friendlier Miles’ campaign. Since the launch of the campaign in 2006, it has removed 20 million truck miles from UK roads.
The waste vegetable oil, a by-product from snacks manufacturing, is processed into Ultra Biofuel and the adapted lorry fleet are set to recycle 500 tonnes of waste cooking oil a year. The industry first project is the result of a partnership with Convert2Green (formerly Biomotive Fuels) to develop an engine modification across UB’s lorry fleet which has allowed its trucks to be 100% fuelled by waste oils.
The partnership, which began in 2011 following two years of initial investigations by UB into alternative fuels, has also resulted in the use of new biofuel vehicle management systems from German company Bioltec in 10 of its Mercedes tractor units currently being used nationwide. As part of the project, a 30,000-litre heated re-fuelling station has been installed at UB’s Ashby depot.
UB now plans to roll out the project further across the business and has recently converted two of its brand new Euro VI vehicles to run on Ultra Biofuel.
The move to Ultra Biofuel is the latest in a series of commitments by the leading food manufacturer to reduce carbon emissions across its logistics operations, which have already seen a reduction of 40% since 2006. The project will sit alongside other sustainability initiatives by UB including the recent introduction of 62 longer trailers, which are projected to save 450,000 truck miles on UK roads each year.
Rob Wright, Head of Distribution, United Biscuits commented: “The benefits of recycling waste cooking oil from our food factories into Ultra Biofuel is another step along United Biscuits’ green journey, which has already seen us make significant gains in reducing carbon emissions across our logistics business.
“It is estimated the UK generates 250 million litres of waste oils a year, and we are delighted to be able to demonstrate a sustainable use for this waste material with potential to deliver significant CO2 savings from transport within the UK.”