Kilwaughter Minerals has reported a boost to fleet efficiency after becoming the latest Northern Ireland operator to achieve FORS Bronze accreditation. The company saw FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, as an opportunity to not only improve the management of its fleet, but also to satisfy training and development opportunities across the company.
Larne-based Kilwaughter Minerals is just one of a number of Northern Ireland based companies to join FORS. The scheme is rapidly establishing itself as an influential reference point for operators looking to improve safety, boost efficiency and increase sustainability.
The company has worked diligently to meet the FORS Bronze accreditation requirements, and as a result, has made significant changes to its working practices. The process revealed gaps in training for Kilwaughter, which led to a review of training and development across the whole site.
Graham Matthews, Kilwaughter Minerals Production Manager, commented, “We decided to go for FORS as we saw this as an opportunity to improve the management of our fleet to a recognised standard and we found the accreditation process to be informative, constructive and positive. FORS will help us to deliver improvements in areas such as fleet management and fuel consumption, supporting our aims of safe and efficient haulage.”
Peter Morrow, FORS Manager – Northern Ireland, added, “Kilwaughter is the latest in a growing number of Northern Ireland based companies to join FORS, and we are delighted to have them on board. Although Kilwaughter only has a small fleet,” he said, “it is striving to operate the whole business to the highest standards, and we are keen to work closely with the company to help with continuous improvements.”
As a FORS member, Kilwaughter has access to a variety of funded training opportunities for both managers and drivers, ranging from eLearning modules to practical and classroom-based workshops. FORS also offers free-to-access fleet management tools, FORS Toolbox Talks and resources, as well as exclusive discounts from a number of suppliers. Since joining FORS, Kilwaughter has enjoyed access to a number of seminars designed to support improvements in a number of areas including fleet management and fuel consumption. Kilwaughter also found access to the FORS Toolbox Talks – designed specifically for drivers – particularly beneficial in support of its ambitions for a safe and efficient fleet.
Kilwaughter, which has a fleet of seven vehicles, has been an established mineral and quarry processor since 1939 and is a member of the Mineral Producers Association, Quarry Products Association and Institute of Quarries. Product lines include calcium carbonate powders, limestone sands, aggregates & minerals. The market leading K Rend brand is the UK’s largest independent silicone render manufacturer.
Gordon Best, Regional Director with the Quarry Products Association NI said: “I am delighted that Kilwaughter has joined FORS. This shows their commitment to road safety, protecting the environment and improving the efficiency of their business. This aligns with many of the QPA’s aims. FORS is the logical step for our members as it demonstrates to society that organisations are committed to operating their fleets above the legal minimum.”
For more information, please visit the FORS website. You can also register to attend a live one-hour long FORS webinar for more information on how the scheme works. It is also an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. The next webinar is on 8th May 2018 at 2pm.