HB_01_FLTPhillip White, Director of Operational Strategy at the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), will be focusing on health & safety culture as the keynote speaker at the forthcoming Freight Transport Association (FTA) Safety in Logistics Conference.

The popular FTA conference, which is scheduled to take place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on Tuesday 10 June, will recognise the importance of health and safety in the workplace, outlining how essential it is to engage with all employees.
For further information or to book a place, go to http://www.fta.co.uk/events/safety_conference.html or call the FTA Member Service Centre on 08717 11 22 22.

Maurice Young recently won the FSDF’s inaugural award for ‘Outstanding Individual Contribution for Health and Safety’ for his dedication to raising the standards of health and safety within the food logistics industry.  The award was presented in May at the FSDF’s annual luncheon that was held this year at Birmingham City Council House.

FSDF H&S Awards_2014 Winner

When it came to selecting this winner, the judges’ decision was unanimous. Maurice Young has been at the forefront of Supply Chain and Logistics developments for more than 30 years and has been instrumental in driving the FSDF’s health and safety programme forward.

Chris Sturman, CEO of the FSDF commented: “Maurice has been a major contributor to the composition and ongoing development of the FSDF’s health and safety services and has a fastidious determination when it comes to improving the industry’s health and safety record.  A large number of our members have benefitted greatly from his expert advice and consultation, as well as his position with the HSE and other governing bodies, and this award goes some way to acknowledging his success in this area.”

Maurice Young Consulting carries out risk assessments and health and safety audits for a number of clients throughout the UK.  In addition, Maurice Young has worked for clients to provide expert witness reports and opinion covering a range of technical matters regarding temperature-controlled logistics.

HB_01_FLTOne third of UK warehouse operators view improving their fulfillment operations as a top priority.

This is according to Access, which has released its latest industry survey. It found that 33 per cent of respondents believed improving this process was a key aim for them over the coming year.

Currently, 56 per cent of those questioned admitted to still using paper instructions, while another half of businesses use receipts for goods received. However, technology is starting to make an impact in the industry, with 35 per cent of firms using radio frequency and a further 27 per cent use handheld computers or mobiles.

Access is challenging those businesses still shunning technology to modernise and reap the benefits that would become available to them. These include being able to pick stock quickly and accurately, while enabling replenishment to occur automatically.

Ian Roper, divisional director of supply chain solutions at Access, commented: “Warehouse IT is a differentiator that can give customers and clients accurate and transparent information about their goods and orders. Adapters will be rewarded with better quality clients offering better profit opportunities.”

The survey was carried out by Redshift Research and questioned 132 warehouse operators in the wholesale, manufacturing and 3PL sectors.

Hard Hat

Courts are handing down harsher penalties for breaches of health and safety law since the introduction of the Health and Safety (Offences) Act five years ago, according to a review by the HSE.

 

A post-legislative scrutiny document shows that changes introduced under the 2008 Act (which came into effect in January 2009) have led to more cases being tried in the lower courts, higher fines for offenders and more individual jail terms.

The aim of the Act was to raise the maximum penalties available to the courts for certain offences by altering the penalty framework set out in the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act.

Key findings of the review, carried out on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), include:

  • a greater proportion of cases have been heard in the lower courts since the Act came into force: 86% compared to 70% in the period leading up to its introduction
  • the average fine imposed by the courts involving breaches of health and safety regulations alone increased by 60%, from £4577 to £7310
  • for cases involving a combination of breaches of regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act, the average increase was 25%, from £13,334 to £16,730.

“By handing greater sentencing powers to magistrates and sheriffs it has sent a clear message to unscrupulous employers that if they do not take their responsibilities seriously they will face stiff penalties, which include heavy fines and – in the very worst cases – prison,” said Mike Penning, minister of state for health and safety.

“At the same time it has removed the burden of prosecuting all but the most serious of cases through the Crown Courts, which is generally less efficient, more time-consuming and more expensive than hearings held at the lower courts.”

The report analysed data taken between 1 April 2006 and 15 January 2009, and between 16 January 2009 and 31 March 2013.

In the pre-Act period, 4% of cases that went before the higher courts and 1% that went before the lower courts led to a custodial sentence or equivalent (suspended sentence or community service). Since the Act, the figures are 18% and 5%.

Custodial sentences are only relevant for prosecutions involving individuals, rather than corporate bodies. The Act made imprisonment an option for a much wider range of offences.

 

Warehouse_AerialInvestment in the UK logistics sector rose sharply during 2013.

This is according to commercial property consultants CBRE, which has recently published its Logistics MarketView report.

Data showed that by the end of the first half of the year, investment had already surpassed the level achieved throughout the whole of 2012. This increased further during the second half, bringing the final total to £2.34 billion.

The results achieved last year even dwarfed the record-high levels of 2011. This is even more positive because investment levels back then were boosted by the sale of three large portfolios, whereas 2013 saw a much larger spread of assets.

London and the south-east posted the highest level of investment, with a 39 per cent share of the funds put into the sector. Meanwhile, Scotland only accounted for one per cent of the proceedings. The report also showed that UK companies sank the most amount of money into the sector, with 45 per cent of transactions being carried out by home-based firms