We profile this year's The Logistics Awards Safety judge, Kanwal Kanda, Head of Transportation of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).
As one of HM Principal Inspectors of Health and Safety, I have over 17 years of regulatory experience with the Health and Safety Executive across numerous industry sectors. In that time he has personally conducted, prosecuted and managed investigations following multiple workplace fatalities, injuries and cases of ill health. Included are numerous incidents in a warehouse setting and with a workplace transport related element. Kanda's current role as HSEs Head of Transport sector involves devising national transport policy aimed at addressing the worse than average record for health and safety performance in the transport and logistics sector.
Has warehouse safety improved immeasurably in recent years, and if so, how?
Injury statistics highlight a long-term downward trend in fatal and non-fatal injury rates across all sectors but in recent years has been broadly flat. An average of 26 fatalities across all industry over the last 5 years caused by ‘struck by moving vehicle’ (not all warehouse related) however, remains a cause for concern. While improvements in safety have been made, better leading indicators should be developed as they are a more effective management tool for addressing risk, e.g. in lift truck safety in warehouses, through effective monitoring of driver behaviour to prevent overturns and ensuring lifting / manoeuvring practices are safe.
Entries have now opened for this year's The Logistics Awards, to be held at the Vox, Resort's World Birmingham on Thursday 26th September, in conjunction with the International Materials Handling Exhibition - IMHX 2019 (September 24-27, NEC Birmingham). Some 13 award categories are eligible for entry, including Safety - submit your logistics project, consisting of a 50-word project followed by an up to 1,000 word write-up here by Friday 10th May.
The Logistics Awards 2019 will like to thank the following partners: