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Booker & Best chooses Thorworld solution for loading bay safety at Conquest Hospital

A need for increased personnel safety in a hospital loading bay has led building and property maintenance contractor Booker & Best to implement an improved loading solution using a platform manufactured and supplied by Thorworld Industries.

East Sussex-based Booker & Best operates the rapid response contract for Conquest Hospital in Saint Leonards-on-sea, near Hastings. Having determined that the existing concrete platform in use at the hospital offered insufficient edge protection during loading and unloading, Booker & Best needed to source an improved solution that was capable of safely facilitating the unloading of copious consignments of general stores, provisions, and deliveries.

“The Conquest Hospital is a busy, modern district general hospital, with a high incoming delivery rate,” explains Andy Kershaw, Booker & Best’s Contract Supervisor. “The organisation is always looking for ways to progress safety standards and procedures, so was keen to improve its loading bay provision for efficiency and operative safety.”

After working with the hospital’s Estate Manager to establish what actions could be taken to best implement improvements, Booker & Best researched suppliers online and found Thorworld Industries. Following further discussions, Thorworld suggested a bespoke solution as the most appropriate option.

“We needed a tailor-made design,” Andy continues, “with numerous elements that could be brought together to create a really effective and safe set of apparatus.

“Thorworld’s design included the loading platform itself, combined with a dock plate, dock bumpers and alignment kerbs, all of which culminate to provide a loading bay system that delivers when it comes to efficiency, practicality, and operator well-being.”

Andy goes on to say how the installation was achieved without any hitches, and was performed by a skilled and helpful engineering team.

The loading platform and its additional equipment is now fully-functioning, with reports from the hospital indicating good performance.

John Meale, Managing Director of Thorworld Industries, has been pleased by the success of the Booker & Best project at Conquest Hospital: “The selection of a bespoke Thorworld solution underlines our capability to create truly appropriate systems that not only look great on the design board, but really can perform in the loading bay, ticking all the boxes when it comes to both safety and function.

Andy from Booker & Best concludes by saying: “It’s been our remit to modernise the loading bay at Conquest Hospital, and help deliver a solution capable of improving operator safety, and also function and efficiency. By working with Thorworld, we’ve successfully fulfilled that requisite, with a solution that’s been designed and manufactured to deliver on all counts for many years to come.

Thorworld Industries Ltd,
Tel: 01246 260981,

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