South East Heavy Haulage are a newly established business based in North London forming in 2014, yet in the 3 years it has been operating, the company has gone from strength to strength with a firm customer base working on some reputable contracts in both the south east and across the UK. Director Sean Maccurtain explains how continued membership of the FORS scheme has supported the business by helping to achieve the high standards expected within the industry.
I first heard about FORS from a local transport consultant who explained the prevalence of becoming a FORS member. Since joining the scheme I found the training tools on offer through workshops and e-learning were beneficial and further to this, becoming a FORS compliant operation helped us to secure further contracts thus also continuing to provide an efficient service to existing contracts.
South East Heavy Haulage has always been a well-organised operation which passed its Bronze audit in July 2015 first time, prompting us to progress onto FORS silver accreditation to build on the companies reputation as a quality heavy haulage operator.
Since joining the scheme 2 years ago I feel that FORS has supported and equipped our operation to work in a heavily regulated industry. Some of our work is trackside haulage involving work for network rail, this requires annual accreditation and in this respect FORS with its focus on maintaining robust quality fleet management has underpinned the business to ensure we continue to work on such contracts.
Since passing our first bronze FORS accreditation in July 2015, I took advantage of the benefits on offer by becoming a member of the scheme to access further contracts which gave me an opportunity to grow the business and increase the fleet from 1 vehicle to 3. The training and management tools on offer through FORS is beneficial to the operation, highlighting and promoting road safety awareness along with improving our knowledge of the environment. This in turn has effectively increased awareness amongst drivers thus keeping South East Heavy Haulage a safe, efficient operation maximising the welfare of its operatives and other road users alike.
Whilst our volume of work is steadily increasing with an increase our fleet from 1 to 2 vehicles with the third vehicle arriving in July this year we have kept our accident rate at 0% and we have reduced our pcn fines by 25% as highlighted in the table below.
|Number of vehicles||Incidents per 100kms||Number of PCNs|
|Feb 2015 – Jan 2016||1||0||4|
|Feb 2016 -Jan 2017||2||0||3|
As work levels begin to increase giving South East Heavy Haulage an opportunity for further growth we will be looking to update our fleet with later Euro 6 vehicles. In addition to this our drivers will continue to increase their knowledge and awareness of road safety and the environment via FORS training workshops and e-learning modules.
We are proud to be a silver member of the FORS scheme that continues to support its operators in moving forward and setting standards in road safety and environmental awareness whilst providing us with useful learning tools to increase our fuel efficiency, saving us money and reducing the impact on the environment. FORS accreditation has given us the support to secure further contracts from reputable companies whilst also helping us to continue to be an efficient haulier to our existing contracts. Going forward we will ensure that we embrace the benefits of FORS to continue to progress our knowledge and awareness of road safety and the environment, helping us to implement further future innovative improvements as a growing heavy haulage company.
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