A-Plant achieves FORS Champion status
A-Plant, the largest plant, tool and equipment hire company
in the UK and an existing member of the Fleet Operator Recognition
Scheme (FORS) has become a FORS Champion.
As well as being a committed FORS member, the company is
also championing the scheme amongst its suppliers.
A-Plant will be writing to each of its transport suppliers
to encourage them to become FORS members by the end of 2017, as well as
promoting the benefits of the scheme with which it has first-hand
A-Plant’s director of transport services Shaun Winstanley
said: “As an operator we are well placed to champion the benefits of the
scheme, and will be encouraging the companies we work with to sign up and get
the most from the scheme as we have done.”
The company, the first to renew its whole fleet
accreditation (WFA) under FORS Standard v4.0, has been a member of FORS since
A-Plant’s WFA status means that its own auditing process has
been approved by FORS for use across its network.
The company also has a dedicated member of staff whose role
involves helping different centres progress through the accreditation levels.
A-Plant currently has 24 sites at Gold Standard, 136 at Silver and 31 at
Bronze, but it is in the process of progressing its Silver sites to Gold
“Achieving FORS Gold status demonstrates to our employees
that we are investing further in their safety and improving their skill-sets,”
said Mr Winstanley. “The accreditation also assures customers that they are
dealing with a professional, trusted company which takes compliance, safety and
the environment seriously.
“As we have progressed through the FORS Standard, we have
trained in excess of 1,100 drivers on Safe Urban Driving courses, and extended
our own mandatory new employee driver training course to incorporate it.”
Paul Wilkes, FORS business services manager, said: “We are
delighted that A-Plant has chosen to become a FORS Champion, a sign that they
are fully embracing the scheme and all the benefits it brings. We are glad that
they are championing safer, more efficient and more environmentally protective
measures amongst the companies they work with, as well as within their own