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TDG mechanical handling equipment awards Trevor Hillier driver of the year

Thatcham based LGV driver, Trevor Hillier has been named Driver of the Year in TDG’s annual Awards for Excellence for a variety of actions beyond the call of duty.

Not only does he get the GBP 2000 top prize, but also the privilege of driving for a year with the number plate TDG 1.

As well as getting top scores in TDG s 5 star training and receiving a client commendation, Trevor came up with a solution to preventing litter escaping during the transfer of loose papers onto walking floor trailers. He also featured in one of TDG s training DVDs.

Trevor’s boss, Thatcham depot manager Leigh Qurrey said If anyone’s got a problem, they always go to Trevor and he sorts it out. He always goes beyond the call of duty. He’s just an all-round good guy.

Second and third prizes of GBP 1000 and GBP 500 respectively, both go to fuel tanker drivers . Runner-up driver of the year, Ian Little from TDG s Grangemouth depot, came to the rescue of a teenage motorcyclist who was flung from his bike and injured on a winding country road. As I came around a bend, I could see a bike in the middle of the road. When I stopped, I could see the lad face down in a ditch, so I called for an ambulance, gave the biker first aid, and organised someone to direct the traffic from the scene.

Third prize in the driver of the year excellence awards goes to Terence Richardson, based at Thurrock, whose quick thinking alerted staff to fuel spillage, and helped them evacuate the area. "At the end of the day, we followed all the safety instructions we’d learned" he said "it was all down to the training."

Depot of the year

In other categories, TDG’s Depot of the Year was jointly awarded to the temperature controlled site at Cannock and its multi-function depot at Amber Park in Derbyshire, where TDG employs 100 people across packed distribution, bulk transport and warehousing. Cannock site achieved a 99% health and safety score, and depot manager Craig Woolrich praised his staff for all their hard work. "This award is a credit to our staff."

MHE award

TDG’s top mechanical handling equipment (MHE) award went to fork lift truck driver assessor and trainer John Palmer for his work on an induction presentation and for racking repair work he pioneered with joint third prize winner, Tyrone Lister. Second prize in the MHE category went to Joe Pritchard from TDG’s Euroterminal in Manchester, and the other third prize winner was Andy Banks, whose father, Mick was TDG driver of the year in 2005.

The awards are part of the culture of continuous improvement and are the culmination of a year-round assessment of sites and individuals, constantly reviewed by a TDG judging panel. TDG CEO, Mike Branigan, who presented the awards, commented on the importance of highlighting safety for staff, customers and the general public. "We are very proud of our excellence winners" he added.

TDG is a major European logistics company with extensive experience in retail, FMCG, industrial and chemical markets.

TDG works to create value by aligning its customers’ supply chains to their business strategy. It works in partnership with clients to deliver strategic goals and the company’s success is linked to that of its customers.

Its expanding capabilities in end to end supply chain management and freight forwarding are complemented by the company’s strong operational skills in traditional logistics management.

It is focussed on developing business in the areas of speciality chemicals, paper and packaging and temperature controlled services where it can offer capability, flexibility and improved service. Equally, the company remains committed to supporting and growing its traditional customer base so they continue to recognise TDG as a top tier performer.

TDG has a reputation for excellence in health and safety, continuous improvement and change management. They are active in six countries across Europe.


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