Palletforce continues its gold streak

Posted on 3rd May 2012 By Steve Clark

Palletforce has been recognised once again for its unparalleled approach to health and safety with a gold RoSPA award.

The UK’s leading palletised distribution network has been awarded the prestigious accolade from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents for the third consecutive year.

It became the first in the sector to achieve the gold award in 2010 and has continued to lead from the front ever since.

“With hundreds of vehicles and thousands of pallets of goods coming in and out of the world class hub every day it is a high risk environment,” said Ryan Birchnall, Health, Safety, Quality and Facilities Manager at Palletforce.

“Quality health and safety management systems are key to our operation and it is essential to get it right.”

In order to continue ‘getting it right’ Palletforce has invested resources into new technology, equipment and training, including establishing its own Fork Lift Truck Driving Academy with a strong focus on health and safety.

Palletforce will receive its gold award at the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards 2012 at a ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Thursday, May 17.

“To have been the first in our sector to receive this award and consistently maintained that level of achievement is fantastic,” said Palletforce Chief Executive Michael Conroy.

“The safety of our staff is absolutely paramount and we are constantly striving to ensure a safe working environment, while setting the standard for others to follow.

“This award is recognition for everyone at Palletforce who continues to work hard to make sure we remain the very best in the business.”

The RoSPA awards recognise commitment to accident and ill health prevention and looks at accident records, overarching health and safety management systems, including important practices such as strong leadership and workforce involvement.

“The RoSPA Awards programme provides well-deserved recognition for the winners and spurs on other organisations to raise their standards of accident and ill health prevention,” said David Rawlins, Awards Manager at RoSPA.

“We congratulate Palletforce on its success and encourage it, and all our other winners, to remain committed to safety and health, an approach that is well recognised to be good for workers and the bottom line.”