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Fork Lift Truck Association Announces First Safety Conference Practical Safety Panel
Announcing plans for its first-ever Safety Conference Practical Safety Panel, the Fork Lift Truck Association has emphasised the real-world benefits of learning from the experiences of others when it comes to improving fork lift safety.
With the support of sponsor Briggs Equipment, the FLTA’s annual conference will be held at University of Warwick on 24 September and the defining theme will be: Is there a killer in the warehouse? Five real-world ways to transform fork truck safety.
This year’s event – the Association’s most ambitious yet – will feature a first-ever Q & A session with the Practical Safety Panel – a group of experts representing a wide-range of perspectives and practical experiences relating to fork lift truck operations.
Chaired by SHD Logistics editor Peter MacLeod, panel members will include: solicitor Harjinder Kandola, Martin Banasik (Allianz), Rob Johnston (TUC), Shaun Pendergast (CFTS), Andy Cartwright (Mentor Training).
FLTA chief executive Peter Harvey said: “Every member of our panel has been hand-picked to ensure that we provide this year’s delegates with practical safety advice – from every angle.”
The primary aim of this year’s national fork truck safety conference is to present proven, real-world methods that will empower all employees to share responsibility for fork lift safety in a no-blame environment.
Key to this will be a series of case-history sessions led by companies who have successfully implemented change in the workplace and are prepared to share their experiences and insights.
“They say experience is the best teacher, but, when it comes to fork lift truck safety, it is far more efficient (and safer) to learn from the experiences of others.”
Since its foundation in 1972, the Association – the UK’s leading authority on the safe operation of fork lift trucks – has observed, witnessed and supported thousands of fork lift truck users and the companies and organisations who work with them to improve fork lift truck safety – saving countless lives – and limbs – in the process.
Peter continues: “Every one of our speakers has experienced the path to establishing and maintaining safe operations. Although their operations may be different from yours, they will certainly have encountered and dealt with many of the same obstacles facing your operations.
“It is our hope that delegates at this year’s Conference use all of these experiences as a starting point which will accelerate the progress of their safety endeavours back on site in the weeks, months and years that follow.”
Premier Foods also has completed the consolidation of its third party operated grocery logistics sites from three National Distribution Centres to two Regional Distribution Centres based in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and Corby, Northamptonshire.
Both Regional Distribution Centres now stock the full range of ambient grocery products (excluding cake), helping to reduce the number of customer order points leading to faster order fulfilment and improved customer service.
In addition, the simplified network, together with improved logistics management, will reduce the number of road journeys needed which is expected to remove around 750,000 road miles by the end of 2014. The resulting significant reduction in logistics and distribution costs is expected to offset the impact of excess warehouse capacity arising from Premier Foods’ previous disposal programme.
The back of store has assumed greater importance in terms of being able to hold increasing volumes of stock for rapid access for shop floor replenishment. Maximising holding capacity in this area has become a prerequisite for many store managers.
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