Business, Freight News, Logistics

New Safety Circle for the logistics industry

[ September 3, 2013   //   ]

A new confidential Safety Circle has been launched to allow logistics companies to talk openly and discuss concerns about safety in their industry.

The group, which will initially consist of up to 30 companies – manufacturers, retailers and logistics operators, as well as those designing and producing vehicles and equipment – will meet quarterly, with an additional on-line forum available only to members. Ruth Waring managing director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, which is launching the service, said that companies wanted “a very specific forum to discuss the issues and learn from other professionals. As a closed group members will be able to share both “lessons learned” and best practice, helping themselves and others to reduce injuries and lost time in the sector.”

Topics to be discussed in the first year’s meetings include runaway vehicles, which can occur during the coupling and un-coupling process , and drive-aways, where a lorry drives off with an individual still in the back of the trailer being loaded. Waring added: “There are a number of issues troubling the industry at the moment and until now there hasn’t been an effective way of tackling them head on and having the important discussions in a confidential environment. This is really important in the aftermath of incidents where sharing knowledge on rocesses and equipment can help save lives elsewhere, but many companies are wary of doing so. There will be no hard sell, and no hangers-on.” Forum rules will ensure that details of discussions cannot be traced back to any individual or company.