To our business FORS is seen as a valuable support mechanism to our HGV transport operations
Balfour Beatty Track Partnership is part of the Balfour Beatty Group which was established over 100 years ago. It was set up in its current form in 2011 initially to service a project with London Underground and has seen its activity increase in this area in subsequent years. We have always taken pride in the way we approach our work, especially in ensuring we adopt a safe working environment in which our employees, especially those involved in our transport operations, carry out their duties in a professional manner whilst taking account of internal and external factors including road driving risk. With this in mind training and vehicle procurement is tailored around ensuring drivers are fully conversant with the needs of our business and the industry as well as maximising fuel efficiencies through the purchase of appropriate vehicles to upgrade our fleet. Dean Previdi, our Plant and Transport Supervisor takes up the story below;
“Our journey through the FORS process has been interesting as well as informative although it is pleasing to us that it has recognised the systems that we have developed over a number of years in identifying analytical data as well as best practice to improve, and add value to, our transport management arrangements. I work closely with my manager Danny Sheehan who has been involved in managing the FORS process since we originally joined the scheme 2 years ago. Since that time we have achieved Bronze accreditation in May of that year which was re-approved 12 months later. With the systems and processes we had in place, for example linking our driver training directly to the needs of our business and in line with the requirements of the industry, we felt we were in a good position to progress to Silver accreditation which we achieved in October 2014. A strategic objective to reach gold standard this year has helped us to consolidate and further develop systems and policies that underpin FORS criteria. I have been appointed the Fuel and Emission Champion – that’s me below by one of our trucks. Danny Sheehan oversees this work within his busy schedule whilst taking overall management of transport operations. The role has broadened my outlook to the importance of fuel economies and how they can have a major impact on our bottom line. The lorry on Page 1 above, which is built to our specification, has a Euro V diesel engine; an order for 8 HGV lorry loader cranes with Euro V1 engines to replace vehicles over a short phased period has seen 3 already arrive with the remainder expected shortly.
“Our drivers are managed closely against key competence indicators linked to risk and road safety, especially with due regard for vulnerable road users”
Our drivers are managed closely against key competence indicators linked to risk and road safety, especially with due regard for vulnerable road users. Training is planned for each driver following their induction and closely follows our “Track Partnership FORS, Work Related Road Risk, Vehicle & Driver Plan” which provides our strategy for moving towards excellence for all our operatives. In conjunction with our Fuel and Emissions Management Plan it is also key in ensuring driver and vehicle performances are maximised. The Safe Urban Driving training courses that FORS delivers are to be attended by all our drivers over the coming months as part of the Driver CPC requirement and will be useful in complementing knowledge and understanding that we have been using in ongoing development of our transport staff.
“To our business FORS is seen as a valuable support mechanism to our HGV transport”
Going forward we plan to continue to use the FORS scheme as a support mechanism that provides advice and guidance which underpins the good systems and processes we feel we already have in place.