Specialist parcels carrier, Tuffnells, has launched a new initiative to further improve the health and safety of its drivers and depot colleagues with investment in new technology and systems.

The new health and safety campaign, ‘Think Safety First’, has rolled out nationwide across all 37 depots and Tuffnells has unveiled a new fleet of 14 network trailers with additional safety features, cargo nets and vehicle cameras as part of a range of new safety measures in its health and safety strategy.

New vehicle cargo safety-nets have been installed for protection against falling packages and parcels, thereby improving the levels of colleague safety. The initiative will also see the launch of a range of new Linde counterbalance forklifts and Linde P250 tugs, which will allow for more heavyweight freight to be moved safely around depots.  The campaign also sees Tuffnells retro-fitting all its older vehicles with dash-cams.

Explaining more, Gary Fox, Health & Safety Director at Tuffnells, said:

“Safety is something we take very seriously at Tuffnells and through this campaign we want to ensure safety is something that is front of mind for all our colleagues. To achieve this, we have been coaching all members of the Tuffnells team so they have a clear understanding of how to prevent issues, take corrective action and to ensure that the health and safety of our colleagues becomes second nature.

“Our retrofit dash-cam programme is a really important part of our campaign too as it helps to enhance our entire fleet. The dash-cam innovation gives our drivers greater safety assurance and protection in the event of an incident and helps us make the relevant changes to procedures to avoid reoccurring incidents in the future.

“For us, safety is not just about protecting our drivers, which is something we take very seriously, but it’s also about taking care with parcels and freight, which is why many of our vehicles are now equipped with cargo safety nets designed to stop parcels from falling and moving in transit.

“Think Safety First is not just a one-off campaign but rather it’s a journey designed to accentuate the quality of our safety management system and the role Tuffnells colleagues play in this… we look forward to providing our customers and staff with even higher levels of health and safety for years to come.”

To find out more about Tuffnells, visit www.tuffnells.co.uk