Hutchinson Engineering Services Ltd. are based in Weston, near Newark, Nottinghamshire and provide a number services including haulage, crane hire, plant hire and welding/fabrication services.
Lyndsey Collin, Health, Safety & Environmental Adviser, explains how Hutchinson Engineering Services Ltd have used FORS to make improvements in fuel consumption and safety.
We initially heard about FORS through a client who desired FORS accredited companies over others. We realised if we were FORS Standards, it would give us a competitive edge, so we signed up!
Hutchinson Engineering Services Ltd. passed the initial Bronze assessment in January 2012, passing first time, which showed we already had the foundations of a safe and fuel efficient company. We realised that this scheme could not only help us rise above our competitors but it would help us to improve on operational efficiency as a whole.
“We realised that this scheme could not only help us rise above our competitors but it would help us to improve on operational efficiency as a whole”
Once we were Bronze accredited, the Transport Director and I attended the FORS workshops in London, soon becoming FORS Practitioners. The knowledge from these workshops enabled us to successfully evidence our way through the stages to become FORS Gold members.
The FORS workshops introduced us to many external contacts, for example, Advanced Check (now GB Group) who we now use for all our driving licence checking. We have also utilised the funded driver CPC courses and driver training, for example, Safe and Fuel Efficient Driving.
Due to this increased training and general heightened awareness of vehicle safety, we have seen a reduction of 42% in the number of accidents we have been liable for in the last years statistics and we hope to see another reduction this year!
|Total accidents||Total our liability|
|Nov 2012- Oct 2013
|Nov 2013 – Oct 2014||26||12|
Reaching FORS Gold standard was a great achievement for the company and has been a valuable accreditation not only for the results it has encouraged us to achieve but for the reputable brand which FORS has become and we are proud to say we are part of. We will continue to strive for better performance results and look forward to working with Transport for London in the future.
“Reaching FORS Gold standard was a great achievement for the company”