Top safety accreditation for BJB Lift Trucks

Grimsby based BJB Lift Trucks has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Employing over 40 people, BJB is a leading independent company in the materials handling equipment sector, specialising in the logistics, ports, renewables and construction industries. The company’s application for Safecontractor accreditation was driven by the need for a uniform standard across the business.

BJB health, safety & training manager, John Smith, commented: “Safety is always a key priority for all staff at BJB but particularly our service technicians. We provide service support and operator training nationwide, often at clients who are top tier COMAH sites or operate in hazardous environments. Therefore, continually updating training for our team is crucial to not only their own safety, but the safety of clients, colleagues and fellow contractors they work with. We chose Safecontractor because it is a well respected scheme throughout the country and enables us to demonstrate our commitment to safety to clients.”

Safecontractor accreditation will enhance the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment to safety will be viewed positively by its insurers when the company liability policy is up for renewal.

Safecontractor is applicable to most sectors although it is particularly relevant to food manufacture, property, facilities management, retail and leisure sectors, all of which are big users of contracted services.

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place. More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that BJB has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. Safecontractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website. Client organisations who sign up to the scheme can access the database, enabling them to vet potential contractors before they even set foot on site. These clients agree that, as users of the scheme, they will engage only those who have received accreditation.

Over 210 major nationwide businesses, from several key sectors, have signed up to use the scheme when selecting contractors for services such as building, cleaning, maintenance, refurbishment or electrical and mechanical work.