Health And Safety Come First With New Crane Vehicle
We know that building sites can be dangerous places. To ensure we are always doing what we can to keep our customers and colleagues safe, we are introducing a new vehicle with a crane attached to make the loading and unloading of engineered timber products safer.
Recently, we a started a new trial with a customised MAN crane truck (Euro VI) so drivers can easily offload our engineered timber products, such as roof trusses, to customer sites across the UK.
To achieve this, we collaborated with Bevan, a commercial vehicle body builder, crane producer HIAB and XPO Logistics. If the trial is successful, we hope to bring this addition to our fleet to support our branch network of seven manufacturing sites.
Utilising the latest Euro VI engine technology, this cleaner diesel vehicle will transfer trusses to the ground using a remote-controlled crane. It also provides protection to vulnerable road users by using the latest technology, such cyclist warning alarms and safety cameras.
Peter Ovey, Offsite Solutions Risk Manager, said: “Health and safety is the number one priority for all of our colleagues. These vehicles will ensure our drivers and our customers remain safe when it comes to kerbside deliveries.
“The crane will relieve our drivers of any manual labour and removes the need for the driver to mount the bed of the trailer – creating an easier and safer process for them. We want to ensure they keep their feet on the ground and at a safe distance when unloading at customer sites.
“Features, such as the safety cameras, will ensure that drivers have better vision of what is happening around them, mitigating the risk of accidents.
Ross Baxter, Managing Director of Saint-Gobain Off-Site Solutions, said: “Saint-Gobain is committed to our purpose of Making the World a Better Home and this investment at Pasquill will help us to provide a safer working environment for our colleagues and customers, as well as improving driver safety whilst on the road.”
To find out more about our commitment to safe deliveries, check out this blog about our Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) accreditation here.