ATS EUROMASTER REDUCES LOST TIME ACCIDENTS BY 58 PER CENT IN FIVE YEARS

6 September 2012

ATS Euromaster has reduced lost time accidents by 58 per cent in the past five years, from 100 such accidents in 2007 to just 42 in 2011. Furthermore the company is on course for an even more substantial reduction in 2012, with just 12 lost time accidents for the first six months of the year.

The company attributes the remarkable reduction to the success of its on-going ‘Safe by Choice’ programme, designed to make safety a personal choice for every member of staff.

“We have the largest mobile tyre fitting force in our industry, meaning many technicians operate away from the confines of a service centre in some of the most dangerous environments in the transport sector,” says Stan Rudowski, Group Head of Health, Safety and Technical Services at ATS Euromaster. “They provide assistance to customers on motorways, construction sites, farms, as well as in hauliers’ yards, at airports and in busy car parks.

“Such situations, in our opinion, should be the preserve of professionals; customers need the reassurance that contractors working on their sites have been extensively trained and are using suitably equipped vehicles.”

As part of the Safe by Choice programme ATS Euromaster recently announced enhanced service, maintenance and repair training for its car and van technicians in partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry.

ATS Euromaster was also the first national tyre service provider to be accredited by both SAFEContractor and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS).

The tyre specialist won bronze and silver Occupational Health and Safety awards from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) in 2010 and 2011, and is targeting the prestigious Gold Award in 2013. ROSPA’s adjudication panel considers not only ATS Euromaster’s safety performance record over the last five years but also how senior management demonstrates its commitment to leading issues of health and safety.

“Safety is more than a toolbox talk or policy manual for ATS Euromaster,” says Ian Stuart, Group Managing Director of ATS Euromaster. “It’s how we do business and it’s what makes us stand out within our industry.”

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About ATS Euromaster

ATS Euromaster is part of the Euromaster Group, which operates in fifteen European countries with 10,700 employees in more than 1,800 service centres. Established in the UK since 1961, ATS Euromaster has 368 service centres (comprising a mixture of retail, comprehensive and truck sites), approximately 1,000 mobile service vans and employs over 2,680 people, providing national coverage of the UK.  It is the largest comprehensive tyre distributor supplying tyres for everything from cars and vans to trucks, coaches, forklifts, agricultural tractors and even construction plant.  In 2010 ATS Euromaster became the first national tyre expert to be accredited by both SAFEContractor and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS).  The company’s technicians are amongst the most highly trained in the fast-fit industry, offering a comprehensive range of products and services including tyres, fleet inspections, nitrogen inflation, brakes, batteries, shock absorbers, oil, exhausts, fault diagnostics, air-conditioning servicing and MOT testing.  Further information is available from www.atseuromaster.co.uk

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Birmingham-based ATS Euromaster Ltd, part of the Euromaster Group, was established in 1965 and operates approximately 340 centres, more than 820 service vans and employs nearly 2,600 people, providing coverage across Great Britain. It is the country’s largest comprehensive tyre distributor, supplying tyres for cars, vans, trucks, buses/coaches, materials handling equipment, agricultural machinery and construction plant. The company’s expertise also extends to car and van service, maintenance and repair (SMR), including: menu-driven servicing, Class IV & Class VII MoT tests, brakes, batteries, shock absorbers, oil, exhausts, fault diagnostics and air-conditioning servicing. ATS Euromaster is accredited by both safecontractor and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS) and has been granted a Royal Warrant as tyre specialists to Her Majesty The Queen. It is also an official ‘industry partner’ to the Freight Transport Association’s Van Excellence programme. For further information visit: http://www.atseuromaster.co.uk/business

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We have the largest mobile tyre fitting force in our industry, meaning many technicians operate away from the confines of a service centre in some of the most dangerous environments in the transport sector,
Stan Rudowski, Group Head of Health, Safety and Technical Services at ATS Euromaster.