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06/10/2016

Industry recognition for McGee at Brake Fleet Safety Awards

McGee has been recognised with three prestigious industry accolades at the annual Fleet Safety Awards organised by the road safety Charity, Brake.

The company was presented with a Highly Commended Award in the ‘Fleet Safety Product’ category for the invention and introduction of a bespoke Mobile Vehicle Inspection app, which has enhanced daily vehicle inspections above and beyond Health & Safety regulations and Company Policy requirements by revolutionising historic paper-based systems.

As a result, McGee can therefore be confident that their highly trained drivers are inspecting their vehicles to the highest of standards, instilling confidence that every vehicle leaves their Transport facility in the proper condition.  Since its launch in late 2014, McGee’s drivers have carried out 7,000+ digital inspections, with 5% of defects highlighted being addressed instantaneously.

Industrial and academic partners – McGee and Nottingham Trent University, were also presented with two Highly Commended Awards in the ‘Fleet Safety Innovation (operator)’ and ‘Fleet Safety Partnership’ categories.

With a dedicated resource and a budget running into tens of thousands of pounds, McGee challenged 45 of Nottingham Trent University’s BSc (Hons) Product Design students to design a cycle safe system for an existing tipper truck.

The students were tasked to come up with a design that improves safety for vulnerable road users, is aerodynamic, commercially viable and suitable for both off-road and urban conditions.  The project surpassed all expectations and the winners and runners-up will see their solutions manufactured, retro-fitted and trialled by McGee.

Matthew Watkins, BSc Product Design Course Leader and Senior Lecturer of Nottingham Trent University, said: “It was a pleasure to be invited to the Brake Awards by McGee and extremely pleasing to receive Highly Commended Awards in two categories on the night recognising the strength of our industrial and academic partnership in the Fleet Safety Partnership Award and the innovative solutions of our students in the Fleet Safety Innovation Award.  We look forward to continuing to work on live student projects with McGee.”

John Hennessy, McGee Group Health & Safety Director, said: “It is an honour to receive three High Commended Awards in this first year entering Brake’s Fleet Safety Awards.  It is a tremendous accolade for everyone that has been a part of the success of these projects.”

Ellie Pearson, Professional Engagement Manager at Brake, said: “We were delighted to receive so many strong entries again this year, with organisations and individuals across the world doing fantastic work to make our roads safer for everyone. Congratulations to McGee and Nottingham Trent University for their impressive work over the past year.”

The winning and the highly commended organisations at the Fleet Safety Awards were announced at a ceremony held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole on Thursday 29th September, which was attended by more than 350 business leaders and industry professionals.