O’Donovan Waste Disposal secured the coveted Safety award at the 2016 SHD Logistics Awards. The awards, held during the International Materials Handling Exhibition in Birmingham last week, brought together over 500 logistics industry professionals to celebrate the best businesses, teams and individuals.

The award recognises O’Donovan as leading the way with its safety initiatives; a business-wide commitment to excellence led from the top. O’Donovan – spearheaded by Managing Director, Jacqueline O’Donovan – has invested substantial time and resources into safety training, culture and technological innovation, continually setting new standards for fleet safety and best practice for other organisations across the industry to aspire to.

The win is a major achievement for family-run O’Donovan business, who were up against some key industry players with larger fleets and greater resource, including Hermes, Eddie Stobart and British Gypsum.

O’Donovan has long been a pioneer in fleet safety, as one of the first firms to become a Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) champion and piloting new lorries in conjunction with vehicle manufacturers MAN, DAF, Volvo and Mercedes, including the Mercedes Benz Econic 4×2 skip loader 1830L which offers the driver an unparalleled view of vulnerable road users. As well as developing new technologies, O’Donovan retro-fits enhanced safety equipment to all its fleet as well as being the first company to purchase the  Econic skip loaders – the first of their kind to be commercially put to work in the UK.  O’Donovan has also achieved accreditation to the national Safe Contractor Scheme, as well as the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) Gold accreditation for the fifth consecutive year.

On receiving the award, Jacqueline O’Donovan, commented: “We pride ourselves on our exceptionally high standards of safety, training and technology and are honoured to be named winners of this award. We are delighted to be recognised for our focus and hard work in developing these areas in order to improve standards and promote best practice across the industry.”

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