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British Gypsum develops new safety standards

Plaster and plasterboard manufacturer British Gypsum has developed a new load securing system for its delivery lorries.

British Gypsum develops new safety standards

Working in partnership with trailer supplier Don-Bur, the company has created a bungee strap system for its teardrop trailers to transport its plasterboard solutions from factory gate to site or store in the safest and most effective conditions.

Similarly, the company has also created a suspended blanket for the delivery of its plaster bags.

Stephen Smith, supply chain and operations director at British Gypsum, says: “It has been compulsory for curtain sided vehicles to have sufficient load restraints for some time, yet we wanted to explore ways to go beyond this legal requirement and ensure the safest possible conditions for our customers, drivers and other road users. At the same time, we were keen to come up with a solution that makes sure our products get to the customer in the same excellent condition as when they leave the manufacturing plant.

“By creating a bespoke system, we’ve eliminated the need for our drivers to work at height, which obviously reduces a key risk, and deliveries can be unloaded onto site more efficiently, which is great news for our customers.”

As part of the creation of the new load restraint systems, the company has developed the ‘British Gypsum Load Securing Standard’, a set of best practice guidelines that have been formally signed by all of the company’s lead hauliers and subcontractors.

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