ABP drives home road safety message with workshop for local haulage companies

April 13, 2017

Left: Local haulage companies met with ABP to work collaboratively on making the port a safer place to work 

ABP invited local haulage companies that serve Britain’s largest port to attend a road safety workshop and Q&A session with the Port Manager for Grimsby and Immingham.

Port Manager Mark Frith sent out invitations to the top 50 local transport firms in order to give them the opportunity to discuss how safety standards could be improved on the Port of Immingham by working together.
Around 2,500 people work on the port each day, with the port seeing around 27,000 vehicle movements each week.

The session saw local logistics firms such as Brumptons, North Killingholme Trading, Rase and HandTrans learn about ABP’s safety programme Beyond Zero.

The campaign, which was rolled out across the ABP Group in August 2016, aims to challenge safety behavior and encourages people to question whether operations are being conducted in the safest possible way. Beyond Zero focusses on ensuring everyone who visits an ABP facility goes home safely at the end of the day.

The session focused on HGV related incidents and near misses which have occurred on the port estate in the past two months. The group was asked about how they thought ABP could help improve safety.

Ideas suggested by the companies included reducing queuing time upon entering terminal areas and working directly with senior drivers who regularly visit the port.

Mark Frith said: “We hope that the session today shows our wider port community that we care deeply about everyone who comes on to the port and that we want to do whatever it takes to make the port safer.”

Mark continued: “By working collaboratively with our customers who frequent the port in Immingham, we can all help ensure everyone goes home safely.”

Jenna Salmon, Transport Operations Manager for DFDS, one of the largest tenants on the port estate in Immingham, said: “Today’s session has created a platform that enables us to learn from each other and improve safety standards. DFDS has its own fleet plus 300 subcontractors working through Immingham every day and we fully support the work ABP is doing and will encourage our subcontractors to do the same.”