Grafton Merchanting GB (GMGB), who is accredited with FORS Gold, has invested £1.2 million in vulnerable road user and cyclist safety as part of its commitment to the Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) certification and FORS (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme).
GMGB was the first builder’s merchant to receive the CLOCS accreditation earlier this year and received FORS Gold status in July 2014, after joining the scheme in 2010. It has since launched cyclist safety initiatives and processes throughout GMGB businesses including Buildbase, Plumbase, Plumbase Industrial, Electricbase and Hirebase.
The builder’s and plumber’s merchants group has in excess of 750 fleet vehicles that require the necessary safety equipment to gain the CLOCS certification. This involves having full industry standard requirements for safety equipment on HGVs and fleet vehicles. A plethora of additional equipment has also been added to the vehicles to mitigate potential issues with vulnerable road users and cyclists, including fitting both camera monitoring systems, such as rear-view cameras and reverse sensor systems.
Daily driver checks are also being carried out to ensure the safety equipment remains in full working order and there is a reporting system in place for maintenance issues.
Andrew Ingram, one of GMGB’s transport and fleet managers said: ‘We’re pleased to be able to demonstrate our commitment to increasing road safety in the UK. CLOCS is a significantly important way for construction companies to build on awareness of vulnerable road users and cyclists.
‘Additional safety equipment is without a doubt beneficial to road safety but driver awareness training is equally important too. As part of the certification we’re rolling out driver CPC training across the businesses to increase driver awareness of cyclists and vulnerable road users while driving HGVs and fleet vehicles.’