Kilwaughter Minerals boosts fleet efficiency with FORS Bronze accreditation

Kilwaughter Minerals has reported a boost to fleet efficiency after becoming the latest Northern Ireland operator to achieve FORS Bronze accreditation.

The company saw FORS, the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme, as an opportunity to not only improve the management of its fleet, but also to satisfy training and development opportunities across the company.

Larne-based Kilwaughter Minerals is just one of a number of Northern Ireland based companies to join FORS. The scheme is rapidly establishing itself as an influential reference point for operators looking to improve safety, boost efficiency and increase sustainability.

Pictured from left to right – Neil Bareham, Kilwaughter Minerals Quality & Environment Manager, Peter Morrow, FORS Manager Northern Ireland, Graham Matthews, Kilwaughter Minerals Production Manager and Neal Dunning, Kilwaughter Minerals Bulk Production Supervisor.

The company has worked diligently to meet the FORS Bronze accreditation requirements, and as a result, has made significant changes to its working practices. The process revealed gaps in training for Kilwaughter, which led to a review of training and development across the whole site.

Graham Matthews, Kilwaughter Minerals Production Manager, commented, “We decided to go for FORS as we saw this as an opportunity to improve the management of our fleet to a recognised standard and we found the accreditation process to be informative, constructive and positive. FORS will help us to deliver improvements in areas such as fleet management and fuel consumption, supporting our aims of safe and efficient haulage.”

Peter Morrow, FORS Manager – Northern Ireland, added, “Kilwaughter is the latest in a growing number of Northern Ireland based companies to join FORS, and we are delighted to have them on board. Although Kilwaughter only has a small fleet,” he said, “it is striving to operate the whole business to the highest standards, and we are keen to work closely with the company to help with continuous improvements.”