A new, confidential Safety Circle has been launched to allow companies working in the logistics sector to be able to talk openly and discuss concerns about safety in their industry.
The group, which will initially consist of up to thirty companies – all 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 FCILT, managing director of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting, the company which is launching the service, said: “There has been a huge interest in discussing these topics within the logistics industry, and so we decided to create a Safety Circle for those companies who 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.”
Hot topics which will 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.
Ruth 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 processes 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.”
The meetings will take place under Chatham House Rule, meaning details of what is discussed cannot be traced back to any individual or company – effectively making it a confidential forum where learnings can still be used back at base.
More details about the group and how to join can be found at http://www.labyrinthsafetycircle.co.uk/
Notes to Editors
Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Limited was established in 2000 and based in Leamington Spa, works with clients across a wide variety of sectors including FMCG, retail, industrial, waste and construction. With particular strengths in specialist transport expertise, logistics strategy, logistics procurement and e-commerce in the logistics sector, Labyrinth has built a business with strategic capability while retaining a practical and friendly approach. www.labyrinthsolutions.co.uk
About Ruth Waring FCILT
Transport consultant Ruth Waring, founder of Women in Logistics, has scooped the ‘Industry champion of the year’ award at the prestigious FTA everywoman in Transport & Logistics Awards 2013. Ruth also sits on the Board of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.