Scaffolding and access specialist, Millcroft, has achieved a FORS Gold Standard (Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme) for best practice in managing its vehicles and the employees who drive them.
The FORS scheme was established to enable companies of all sizes who operate their own vehicles to prove that their fleet is well-maintained, safe and environmentally responsible. The standard also measures safe driver practices and management due diligence, including ensuring all vehicle and driver documents are up-to-date and monitoring of driver behaviours. The non-mandatory scheme enables companies like Millcroft to demonstrate that their business is delivering best practice standards of safety, efficiency and environmental protection in all matters relating to their vehicles.
With its Gold accreditation, Millcroft has achieved the highest standard available through the FORS scheme. The accolade marks a clear progression from the Silver standard, with Millcroft having to demonstrate meaningful improvements against the baseline data submitted for FORS Silver and evidence what the company does to promote the FORS standard throughout its supply chain.
Explains Director of Millcroft, Billy Jones: “As a company, we are committed to reducing work related risk across all our activities and we’re extremely proud to have demonstrated the safety, efficiency and environmental best practice we pursue in managing our vehicles with this prestigious FORS Gold accreditation.
“The accreditation follows our recent 7th consecutive RoSPA Gold and RoSPA Fleet awards, which recognises health and safety best practice across all our operations. We have also introduced mental health training this year to help reduce the work related risk associated with poor mental health.
“For us, being a best-in-class business is not just about the skills we have in designing and erecting scaffolding; it’s also about striving for the very highest standards in everything we do. Once again, the FORS Gold accreditation demonstrates that we are delivering on that promise.”
Alongside Millcroft’s maintenance, management and driver monitoring practices, the company’s investment in new low emissions vehicles has also been instrumental in achieving the FORS Gold standard.
Billy adds: “We invested in new vehicles before the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced because we believe in being ahead of the curve when it comes to best practice. It’s great to have the highest recognition of a scheme like FORS for adopting that progressive approach.”