TMJ Interiors are a bespoke joinery manufacturing company based in Suffolk. We employee over 160 staff. Our fleet consists of 3 vehicles over 3.5 ton and a grey fleet of 12. My name is Toby and I am the Safety Manager / FORS Champion. Since joining the FORS scheme back in June 2013 we have achieved many excellent things because of our association with FORS. The biggest achievement was receiving the ‘Gold’ Managing Operational Road Risk (MORR) Award for the 3rd year running from ROSPA. To obtain Gold for the again is an excellent achievement and shows our continued development in this very important area of our business.
We joined the FORS in 2013 due to contractual requirements from a main contractor. At the time we had not heard of FORS however it quickly became apparent after attending the FORS workshops the benefits we as a business would see from the scheme. We achieved FORS Bronze in both July 2013 & 2016 with no comments from the auditor, which was a major achievement. We then went on to achieve Silver and Gold in May 2014. These have both been renewed annually in 2015, 2016 and this year.
“Our involvement with Fors empowers us to engage with our workforce to remain vigilant in the transport sector”
The next step for us was to enter the ROSPA MORR awards. This is the first time we had entered this ROPSA category, however we felt with all the hard work we had done over the last couple of years within the fleet area of our business, it was worth it.
“Achieving the ROSPA Gold is a major achievement for the business and retaining the FORS Gold would be the icing on the cake”
In April 2017 TMJ were delighted to be awarded with a Gold award from ROPSA in the MORR category for the third year running, as well as receiving a fifth consecutive Gold in the Achievement category. Receiving these awards shows the importance we place on safety and occupational road risk within the business. I still believe that our biggest improvement since obtaining the FORS accreditation has been the reduction in PCN’s that we have achieved. As shown in the figures below, these have reduced year on year, to where we are today, with only 2 in 2016 and none so far in 2017. Which as you can see is an excellent improvement. This is down to the hard work of our Transport Manager, FORS Champion and the drivers.
Staff training has always been a priority for the company and since we joined the FORS scheme we have invested in further training for all our drivers. As well as the required Driver CPC training, all our drivers have completed the Safe Urban Driving and Staying Legal CPC. We have a 5 year training plan which covers all aspects of their training, including regular Tool Box talks, FORS e learning, Manual Handling, First Aider, Banksmen to name just a few. The biggest part of the training plan will include training the drivers in the area of vulnerable road users.
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Retaining our FORS Gold for the 4th year in a row would show all our competitors, Main Contractors and to the wider community we work for, just how seriously TMJ takes Work Related Road Risk within our business.
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