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The Heavies 2020: The Earl Attlee Award

Earl Attlee





HTA Launch City & Guilds Assured Abnormal Load Escort Training Programmes

The Heavy Transport Association (HTA), the only specialist trade association for the heavy and abnormal load industry, officially launch the two City & Guilds Assured Abnormal Load Escort Training Programmes and HTA certifications.

Developed and improved from their previous Escort Training courses, the Abnormal Load Escort Driver Stage 2 and the Abnormal Load Escort Manager Stage 3 Programmes champion safety standards for the benefit of the industry and HTA members.

Available across selected HTA Approved regional training centres, both training Programmes are tailored to escort and pilot car Drivers across the heavy transport and mobile crane sector to prove competency, reduce risk, improve public safety and promote industry excellence. Successful completion and assessment of these City & Guilds assured credentials will result in HTA certification.

These Programmes are designed to test and satisfy the requirements of Operational staff, to be competent and safe in their role. This will be achieved via theory based classroom learning, followed by observation of practical activities. Leading to a final assessment resulting in a City & Guilds credential issued upon successful completion.

Split across two Programmes, candidates are expected to undertake the Stage 2 Driver Programme before progressing to the higher Stage 3 Managers Programme. With both modules designed to test and satisfy the requirements of Operational staff, both the Stage 2 and Stage 3 Programmes cover a variety of topics.

Those undertaking the Stage 2 Driver Training Programme on completion will:

• Learn Escort Driver legislative vehicle requirements whilst obtaining knowledge of the current Code of Practice and industry best practices.
• Be able to prepare escort vehicle(s) before use and brief all task personnel before departure.
• Check the condition of transport vehicle(s) and load(s) before departure, whilst understanding the appropriate load and vehicle positioning whilst on the road.
• Understand how to effectively communicate with third parties and how to appropriately respond to emergencies, incidents and unexpected situations.
• Possess the knowledge of post-operative procedure checks and movement report completion.

On successful completion of the HTA Abnormal Loads Escort Driver Stage 2 Programme, individuals may progress to the higher Stage 3 module. Following the same learning format, the HTA Abnormal Load Escort Manager Training Programme will not only encompass topics covered in Stage 2, but will provide individuals with a deeper understanding of these disciplines.

In addition to this understanding, individuals progressing onto the Stage 3 Managers Programme will:

• Possess the ability to plan the details of the movement, understanding the relevance of all related movement documentation and understand the roles and responsibilities of all involved.
• Acquire the knowledge to brief all personnel involved in the movement, and ensure all vehicles have been appropriately prepared and checked.
• Understand how to actively manage vehicles and traffic during the load movement.
• Manage the closure of the abnormal load movement on completion.
• Understand the requirements of multiple escorts or convoys of loads.

With the implementation of these two improved Training Programmes throughout regional training centres, the Heavy Transport Association aims to greatly increase safety standards across the industry, reducing risks and improving the competency of Operators and Drivers alike.

The addition of the Assured recognition guarantees these Programmes are benchmarked against the City & Guilds quality standards, providing the confidence and reassurance of highly accredited professional development.



The Company originally started trading as agricultural engineers on a sole trader basis but was incorporated as Hutchinson Engineering Services Limited in 1990. During the intervening years since incorporation, customer repeat business and recommendations (we don’t advertise), has seen us expand over four sites and broadened considerably what we now do to encompass the following services:

Our extensive fleet of vehicles, meet the FORS Gold Standard, provide flexible solutions for customer road transport needs. With payloads ranging from abnormal loads, requiring specialist heavy haulage, to those that fit in a pick-up truck; with our own escort vehicles and drivers fully trained and experienced in all loading, unloading and securing techniques, our customers know a call to us gets the job done.

We have already been recognised by the industry, when we were presented with the Operator of the Year and the Most Significant Safety Initiative in the bi-annual 2018 Heavies Awards.

Crane, access equipment and plant hire
With our own mobile cranes, access equipment, fork trucks, heavy jacking and skating equipment (ideal for heavy machinery movements), together with trained and accredited personnel (CPCS, CSCS, NPORS, SSSTS, IPAF) at appointed person, crane supervisor and slinger signaller levels, we can give the assurance that our skilled operators are experienced in planning and executing all types of lifts. We are able to offer CPA and full contract lifts.

Commercial Vehicle & Trailer Workshops
If it is a commercial vehicle and travels on the road we can probably look after it. We have our own vehicle workshop that maintains, services and repairs our own, and third-party vehicles, including MOT preparation and brake roller tests, backed by our Specialist Trailer Services Company who do everything with commercial trailers, from servicing and repairs, to MOT preparations and full refurbishments.

Engineering Services
Located at Sutton-on-Trent and operating from modern workshops with an extensive, varied skill set, we can provide services ranging from one off specials or larger production runs from our base, which features; fabrication facilities; a machine shop; and shot blasting and painting bays.

However, with fully equipped vans and trained and accredited personnel across a broad range of areas we are not bound to our own site, but offer the mobile options of site fitters and welding services at the point of need, on our customers sites; carrying out repairs and servicing to plant and equipment within the agricultural, construction, industrial and quarrying sectors.

A Summary
This document has been put together in support of the Company’s nomination for The Earl Attlee Award for Corporate & Social Responsibility at the 2020 Heavies.

Within the pages, you will see how we have thought about our interaction with those around us locally, within the environment and in the wider community in which we operate and interact. You will also be led through the actions we have put in place to reduce our harmful impact, or, be a positive force for good in these areas

Sections explored are:

✓ Environmental, in relation to our vehicles
✓ Environmental & Life Cycle
✓ Community Impact on Safety
✓ Community Relations
✓ Engagement with the Local Community
✓ Charity Work
✓ Staff Engagement & Sharing
✓ Industry Governance

It is important to stress that these actions have not been carried out to win awards or for external appreciation, but are simply a continuation of what we have done for years. Being socially responsible and striving to be the best we can be, at what we do. Recognising that Team Hutchinson can achieve more than its individuals can, because we inspire each other.


It has always been difficult to directly compare the fuel consumption of vehicles in our fleet, even allowing for there being similarity in many of the vehicle types. This is down to the type of loads carried, as they vary so widely, both by vehicle type (there is a variety of these) and from day to day for the same vehicle, with different trailer types used to add another perimeter to the mix.

For example; one day we could be moving an empty tank, so volume with wind resistance but limited weight; the next it could be a piling rig with less wind resistance but vastly increased weight; and the day after, an abnormal load of an oversized open steel frame. This makes comparison of consumption
figures almost meaningless.

However, we continue to monitor the vehicles on a monthly basis, which smooths out some of the peaks and troughs and over the longer term allows an element of comparison: (see supporting information)

So, in the last year we have focused on engine idling, using the vehicle telemetrics as a tool to keep the drivers focused on this issue.

We started with education – beginning with a poster campaign. Followed this with training, in the form of a Company paid for CPC session relating to LoCity and Environmental Awareness

We then monitored the idling of each vehicle and presented the driver with the results at a one to one with a Transport Manager, giving them an opportunity to offer mitigating circumstances, such as Lorry Loader Crane in use, or power required to operate the trailer. (see supporting information)

The results were quite dramatic, as can be seen from the above table, however continuous monitoring is ongoing, with the results being communicated to the drivers, to ensure the standards are maintained.

In April ’19 we delivered a FORS Toolbox Talk, which featured Tyres & Fuel Management and, at the section “How you can reduce your fuel usage – Minimise Engine Idling”, we supplemented extra information into what was provided in the standard PowerPoint. This related to our own performance and with further information highlighting the potential fines which could be issued by local authorities at between £20 and £80. Drivers were reminded that, as a driving offence, these would be at their cost not the Company’s.

Monitoring of idling is now routine with issues raised with those drivers who “forget”.

We still operate Lorry Loader Cranes and have trailers that used the units power to operate them, but idling has almost halved on what it was; saving around 5½ tonnes of CO2 per annum, with corresponding reductions in NOx (nitrogen oxides) emitted and Particulate Matter generated.

Life Cycle

Commercial Vehicle Workshop
Waste handling in the Workshop has, for some time, been divided into four separate bins, designated by the lid colour:

• Red for Metal including Aerosols
• Blue for Cardboard
• Green for Plastic & Rubber
• Yellow for Oily Rags

These are replicated in the mini skips outside, which means processing waste in the various categories is simple. The four separator skips are joined by the General Waste skip, which means returning drivers have somewhere to put their waste and are encouraged to separate it too.

End of Life Vehicles
The Company is a Licensed Waste Carrier and has a Permit from the Environment Agency to break End of Life Vehicles, which we do on a small scale for HGVs only, so we can maximise the recovery element:

• We depollute the vehicle
• Break it down, returning many parts for reuse in the industry
• Recycling most of the rest of the vehicle to off-site, third party, specialist disposers of metal, plastic, batteries, anti-freeze and tyres.
• The oils are collected and burnt on site in an oil-fired, heating system designed for the job by Clean Burn to be efficient and ‘environmentally friendly’.

Waste Oil Burner (please see supporting material)
In a world faced with severe environmental challenges, Clean Burn just makes sense. First, recycling your waste oil through on-site heat recovery reduces the risks of spills and contamination. Second, the use of waste oils as a fuel source sharply reduces pressure on natural gas and fuel oil supplies. Finally, Clean Burn waste oil combustion meets or exceeds every Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirement for helping preserve clean air. The EPA and corresponding agencies worldwide recognise Clean Burn equipment as a preferred method of recycling used motor oils.

Our installation features two oil burners which means one can be shut down during the Summer, when only hot water is required.

We build up a stock of waste oil during the warmer months, which is then reduced as demand for heating increases in the colder months.

Burning waste oil generated on our site during vehicle maintenance and End of Life Vehicle breaking has the added environmental impact saving, as there is no disposal vehicle collecting the waste and no need for a supplier’s tanker to deliver heating oil.

Though the environmental contribution is relatively small, big changes can be achieved by adding lots of little ones together.


Stay Safe Be Seen in local schools
As responsible employers of HGV drivers, many of whom are working at the heavy end of the scale, we feel that ongoing training is critical to our safe operation, for the sake of our staff and other road users. It was during one of these sessions, a CPC training course, that Ryan Easom the Company’s Transport Manager decided to take what he had learnt out into the wider community. “I came away from the course and thought about what we could do as a haulage company.”

Recognising that taking the message to adults, many of whom are set in their ways, may not derive the best benefit, he considered his own young family. If he could educate young minds, they would influence the grown-ups in their lives and be the best advocates to spread the message, as children love to talk and share what they have learnt with enthusiasm.

The task then was to identify and educate young local children, who will have seen our trucks and could therefore apply the lessons, about road safety around HGV’s, to themselves. An initial approach, in 2017, to the primary and nursery school in Sutton on Trent, where one of our sites is based, was positive. This gave us our initial target audience and venue, however the content at this stage was envisaged as a short talk and a playground demonstration of one of our vehicles.

Discussions with the Head Teacher and her staff was a vital part of the planning, as this was a totally new venture for Ryan and his team and well outside their comfort zone. It was during this stage that the project grew to a full day event with the Fire Brigade involved; the date was set for 11th July 2017.

The presentation team on the day were Ryan Easom (Transport Manager), Angela Cross (Operations Manager) and Jeff Lee (HGV Driver), who was supported by their colleagues in various ways, but the metallic star of the show for the kids, was Jeff’s Mercedes Titan. Ian Hutchinson, the Managing Director, not only gave the project his blessing, but provided considerable resources to enable the event to happen.

The day itself was a great success, despite the rain during some of the playground activities, with the children buzzing with what they had learnt. Some of this was immediately evident when two boys arrived at school the next day wearing cycle helmets, having not seen them as cool before. A few months later, when the staff had a stand at the Sutton on Trent show and a Titan was part of the display, may youngsters made a point of dragging their parents across and repeating what they had learnt, demonstrating the knowledge had been retained.

This was the seed from which the Stay Safe Be Seen program has grown.

By 2018 the message was already beginning to spread, both in local schools and with others getting involved. The haulage press carried features in Heavy Torque and the FORS publication The Standard.

The Fire Brigade had already partnered with us in 2017, but by 2018 they were joined by the Nottinghamshire Police and later the RNLI, with the Company included in the Nottinghamshire Safety Partnership.

Getting the message across about safety around HGVs has always been our focus, so letting the youngsters get up close and personal with the vehicles has made the trucks the star at every event, whether this has been realising the sheer size of them; being able to appreciate the blind spots; or
throwing water balloons at them to demonstrate their hard nature on soft bodies.

The Stay Safe Be Seen message has gone out there, with other hauliers become involved alongside us, which is great, as the safety program was delivered in 4 times in 2018 and 5 times in 2019. In 2020 we will see a new challenge as it will be delivered in a senior school for the first time.

Heavy Torque joined us for the day in 2019 at Tuxford School and wrote an article (please see supporting information).

Community Co-operation – Fostering good relations with our neighbours
Hutchinson Engineering Services see themselves as part of the community rather than simply somewhere to site our business, so we sponsor two local defibrillators and, having provided them, pay for their upkeep (please see imagery in supporting information)

We are also in contact with various parts of the community, who keep us up to date with what is happening so that we can restrict movements at busy times. (please see imagery in supporting information)

Community Engagement – Being Out & About
We feel that as part of the community it is right to be seen and to listen to the people in the area in which we are based, so, we have a stand at the annual local village event… Sutton on Trent Festival
We raise money for charity, sponsoring the prizes, but equally as important engage with those around us.

However, they were not too pleased when we were winning at tug of war!

For many years Hutchinson Engineering Services have raise money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, and we still do, but this year we added the Teenage Cancer Trust, as one of the named charities, owing to one of our employee families having had the benefit of their care. It was these two charities that were named as recipients from the funds raised at the Sutton on Trent Festival.

We do also raise funds for other charities in smaller, low key, ways:

• MacMillan Cancer Support have a collecting box on our sales counter
• We have bought pin badges for Breast Cancer & Prostate Cancer
• Worn Christmas Jumpers to raise funds for Save the Children
• And paid for charity sweets to contribute to Mencap

The Company is a very diverse business, operating from four sites and involved in; haulage, including abnormal load; crane, access equipment & plant hire; commercial vehicle, trailer, plant & fabrication workshops; plant, equipment, commercial vehicle & trailer sales; and engineering services, including shot blasting and paint spraying. This means we have a very broad set of skills and a vastly varied team, focused on different issues both at work and at play.

However, interaction in the working environment is routine for example, this year Transport had six new MAN trucks (four TGX41.580 8×4/4 & two TGX 28.500 6×2). These went into the Engineering Workshop to have storage lockers made & installed; the trucks use the Commercial Vehicle Workshop and collect & deliver trailers for the Trailer Workshop site. The circle is neatly closed when a tractor and trailer unit is loaded by the Crane Section at our Engineering site and used to deliver their fabricated products to the Company’s customers. Team Hutchinson!

Get togethers tend to be voluntary such as the Sutton on Trent Festival or fund-raising events:

At the Sutton on Trent Festival in Tug of War Event, the spur of the moment five man group – Team Hutchinson, was made up of:

• a commercial vehicle fitter
• an HGV abnormal load driver
• a mobile plant fitter
• a workshop engineer
• the partner of one of our suppliers

Quite a nice cross section of big blokes.

Invitations have already been sent out for the next event on 29th February ‘20.

The Company have been members of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) for many years, having been at the highest level of Gold for the last seven years. Below is an extract from the FORS website, which outlines the parameters of membership.

The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme encompassing all aspects of safety, fuel efficiency, vehicle emissions and improved operations. FORS helps fleet operators to measure and monitor performance and alter their operations in order to demonstrate best practice. It is open to operators of vans, lorries, mini-buses, coaches and other vehicles, and to the organisations that award contracts to those operators.

There are three levels of accreditation Bronze, Silver and Gold. As Gold members we are externally audited, by transport professionals, annually at the Silver and Gold levels, with a three-yearly audit at Bronze.

The Standard is set by the FORS organisation and updated every two years, to ensure it is kept current and relevant in a changing world. The latest Standard is version 5, which came into effect in January 2019, so last year’s Silver and Gold audits were carried out to the latest Standard.