PRESS RELEASE: from the Health & Safety Event 06.02.19
HGV drivers can face sleep, fatigue, drug, and alcohol problems among a wide range of driver health issues. Safer Logistics will give managers the tools to develop a proactive approach to tackling these and other problems.
Andrew Drewary, road risk consultant, will speak on behalf of The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and will present on Driver Health: Asking the awkward questions.
In November a bus company was fined £2.3m after ignoring warnings about an “erratic” driver who crashed into a supermarket, killing two people.
HGV drivers and fleet managers face similar issues and Andrew Drewary asks “Will a £2.3m fine make you change the way you manage the drivers of your fleet?
“On Saturday 3rd October 2015, a 7 years old boy and 76 years old woman were killed by a double decker bus which was being driven by a 77 years old driver, who was not fit to drive his vehicle.
“This needs to be the time that makes the commercial vehicle industry sit up, take stock of itself and admit, that it finally needs to learn from the very important lessons it has been ignoring for far too long.”
CILT is one of the organisations partnering for the Safer Logistics Zone, part of The Health & Safety Event, which takes place from 9-11 April at the NEC in Birmingham.
These educational partners are in-the-know on key safety hot spots in the world of logistics, warehousing, storage and handling.
This means warehouse, operations and fleet managers will be able to ask the difficult questions at the Safer Logistics Zone on a whole range of topics.
▪ The Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA), which exists to maintain and raise standards in the materials handling industry and leads from the front on safety with an expansive range of initiatives that take managers and operators A to Z through forklift safety.
▪ The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA), who have a wealth of knowledge in the industrial lifting sector and set the gold standard for safety and compliance for many end users around the world.
▪ The Storage Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (SEMA) is the organisation for the storage and racking industry and sets the standard for the installation, inspection and maintenance of racking and storage structures.
▪ RTITB is a leading accrediting body that helps to ensure industry training encourages safe working practices.
Peter Harvey, CEO, Fork Lift Truck Association (FLTA) said: “Fork lift trucks are the most dangerous type of workplace transport – seriously injuring as many as 800 workers each year. Engaging staff at all levels is key to reducing risk on site, so we are proud to support Safer Logistics, which shares our long-standing commitment to safety and track record for instigating change.”
Western Business Exhibitions, part of the Nineteen Group, has put together an excellent range of expert speakers from these organisations across the three days to provide attendees with a host of key takeaways they can deploy in their workplaces to immediately begin to improve safety outcomes.
Toyota Material Handling UK is sponsor for Safer Logistics at the NEC in 2019. Toyota supplies a complete range of forklifts and warehouse equipment, and is a leader on forklift fleet management and logistics safety.
The Safer Logistics Zone works hand-in-hand with the long-established Safer Logistics Campaign in Handling & Storage Solutions magazine. The campaign emphasises sound, practical principles designed to tackle ignorance and complacency in the logistics workplace, in warehouses, loading docks, yards and motorways across the land.