R Tindall Fabricators Ltd are a well established General Engineering, Welding and Pipe Fabrication business based in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
Alan Smith, Operations Manager explains how FORS has spearheaded the introduction of initiatives that have assisted in the improvement of operational efficiency. The introduction of enhanced safety mechanisms on the fleet have been welcomed by all those within the business and meet the strict “Safety First” ethos practiced at R Tindall Fabricators Ltd. We want to demonstrate that FORS Gold is achievable, acting as the benchmark for all in the General Engineering sector.
Introduction to FORS was through one of our valued clients, however at that time we had outsourced our logistical function to a local 3PL business and accreditation to FORS was not an area we would be permitted to explore as non-vehicle operators. That all changed when the business decision was made to undertake all our own logistical movements, so with great excitement we embarked upon a project to ensure we achieved the best vehicles possible with the latest safety equipment available.
We planned from the start to become the benchmark for operators in our area and the General Engineering Sector at large. Our ethos is one of safety and efficiency so it was natural that this same ethos flowed to our logistics operation. We achieved FORS Bronze in 2013 and with the assistance of Fleet Development Ltd we achieved FORS Silver accreditation in 2014.
Our experience with the initial FORS Bronze assessment was positive, despite being ISO certified we did not really know what to expect during the FORS assessment. We are pleased to say the guidance and support from the audit team was professional. We are pleased to say FORS has fitted in well with our ISO procedures.
As an accredited FORS company our next step was to monitor and improve. We monitored our fuel usage, vehicle and driver performance and I took the role of Fuel Champion.
We quickly established the need for an adjustment vehicle capacity to enable more efficient deliveries, this has allowed us to reduce our environmental impact, as prior to the acquisition of this vehicle we would simply use a large vehicle to meet client demand.
“ We want to be the benchmark”
As our vehicles had the latest safety equipment fitted we embarked upon a series of training focused on environmental efficiency measures and our drivers have recently embarked upon FORS E-learning. A key issue that we have seen from FORS is the danger vulnerable road users face on our roads. FORS have strived to improve the relationships between vulnerable road users and vehicle operators resulting in a number of key initiatives being developed resulting in a greater overall understanding of road safety. We have taken full advantage of the vulnerable road users training provided by FORS.
The kudos associated with FORS Gold adds to the professionalism that our company strives to achieve in everything we do. The FORS workshops and online information has allowed us to gain the knowledge required to minimise the risk of receiving PCN’s and other driving infractions.
“Our experience of FORS is positive”