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Health & Safety at the core of our success

Industry views | 19 October 2017

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By Dean Clamp, Group HSEQ Director

Our business employs more than 17,500 people across a variety of roles, from drivers to warehouse operatives through to our office support teams. We take our obligation to ensure their safety, and that of the public, very seriously. In fact, we make Health & Safety our number one operational priority and I’m proud of the great record of improvements we make every day.

Our dedication and focus on always improving has been recognised in many ways, most recently with our ROSPA Gold award this summer (you can read more about that win here) and with Sainsbury’s announcing us as winner of their Supply Chain Health & Safety Award for 2016/17.

Both of these are fantastic operational achievements for all the Wincanton colleagues involved. These are just our most recent accolades and I’m proud that we have one of the transport and logistics sector’s most coveted safety records. We also hope to add the Safety Award from the prestigious CILT Annual Awards for Excellence on 19th October.

Through education and training we have created a company atmosphere and culture in which health & safety is second nature and, as a result, have driven down our lost time incidents by 70% over the last five years.

We take a holistic view of Health and Safety challenges in our business, measuring and reporting thoroughly, right down to individual site level. This also provides us opportunities to continuously improve Health & Safety statistics across our entire business and emphasise the importance of core Health & Safety principles in our warehouses and on the road.

For example, at our recent Driver of the Year event we put our very best LGV (Large Goods Vehicles) and Mechanical Handling Equipment (MHE) drivers through a series of fun, yet difficult, challenges. These were designed not only to test their skills as drivers but also their understanding and demonstration of our core Health & Safety principles and procedures. This attention to protocol was monitored every bit as closely as their ability to successfully complete each challenge.

However, we’re not content with these existing achievements and will continue to strive for even better training and zero workplace incidents.