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Burnt Tree achieves 1million man hours accident and incident free

Leading independent vehicle and contract hire company Burnt Tree has today achieved its target of working 1 million man hours without any reportable accidents or incidents at either its Shrewsbury head office or any of its 18 branches in England, Scotland and Wales.

Having achieved this first target of 1 million man hours, Burnt Tree is now planning to reach its second target of 2 million accident and incident free man-hours across all the company premises.

Announcing details of this significant milestone, Richard Metcalfe, Chief Executive at Burnt Tree said, "Following the RIDDOR guidelines laid down by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), we have been able to achieve this impressive target by raising the awareness of hazard identification internally and pro-actively managing accident and incident rates, company-wide."

It was in February 2012 that the last reportable incident took place at Burnt Tree. The launch of a ‘Zero Accident’ campaign, aligned to the company’s core values, has also had a significant additional impact on the minor injuries frequency at the company, which have reduced by 34% over the corresponding period.

"This important initiative was designed to encourage Burnt Tree staff to become more aware of the consequences and impact of accidents in the workplace. By actively participating in the changing of the culture towards HS&E, our staff have been the driving force behind this marked improvement in the last 18 months," added Richard Metcalfe.

RIDDOR – Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 – is part of the Health & Safety Executive’s programme that puts emphasis on businesses to report certain serious workplace accidents, occupational diseases and specified dangerous occurrences (near misses).

Burnt Tree is the UK’s largest independent commercial vehicle rental and contract hire company, offering the widest range of vehicles in the industry, all backed by flexible products that put its customers in control. The company operates a 15,000-strong fleet out of 18 strategically located sites throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

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