Wilson James has won the “Training” award at the recent Heathrow Airport Annual Safety Awards. The award committee made particular reference to Wilson James’ John Spottiswood, Director Heathrow Logistics Integrator, for his leadership in bringing this programme of events to the Airport.
This award was specifically related to a cycle safety initiative in response to the increasing usage of bicycles in and around the airport. In seeking to address the causes of many accidents involving cyclists, Wilson James drew upon experience gained through its extensive construction logistics operations in London.
As one of the first companies to achieve FORS Gold accrediation and an original CLOCS champion, the close proximity of large vehicles and cyclists was a known and well understood high risk factor.
Wilson James organised a series of large events in increasingly prominent locations across the Airport. In conjunction with the Metropolitan Police, Powerday and others, a selection of large vehicles and bicycles were provided. Using these, cyclists were able to experience the problems associated with driver observation despite the vehicles having the latest mirror, sensor and camera systems; whilst vehicle drivers were able to experience the problems from a cyclist’s perspective. Importantly, cyclists and large vehicle drivers were able to talk to one another.
Funded training covering the safety of all vulnerable road users is available to all FORS operators as Driver CPC accredited Safer Urban Driving training and a Cycle Safety eLearning module. More information can be found on the FORS Online training pages.