Fuel levy update effective from Monday 23/07/2018

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  • A word from the CEO

    McColl’s is pleased to report a solid performance so far this year with considerable changes in the Dairy sector leading to increases in volumes for our business.

    In addition to our regular linehaul customers, we have been busy supporting the growth of The Union Dairy Company in Western Victoria and early start-up work with Freedom Foods in Northern Victoria. We were proud to renew our relationship with Sugar Australia and look forward to continuing to support Fonterra, especially with its new Stanhope plant.

    Safety is paramount at McColl’s and I am pleased to report our safety culture has led to a reduction by more than 20 per cent in lost time days on last year and 50 per cent over the past three years.

    Over the past six months, we have invested in 28 prime movers and 13 tanks, while another 21 prime movers are on order for our Farm Pick Up and Bulk Chemical Divisions. McColl’s remains committed to investing in a safe, modern fleet to best service our customers’ needs.

    Jamie Bolton, CEO

  • Working together to improve safety

    After a successful trial, McColl’s has launched a new hazard reporting system.

    The Hazard Reporting App assists drivers to proactively identify hazards that could harm McColl’s employees, as well as issues at customer sites.  Detailed data capture enables lessons to be learnt and improvement trends to be identified.

    The system will provide many benefits including:

    • No paperwork or forms
    • Quick and simple reporting process
    • Promptly notified to National Safety Manager via email
    • Ability to take and attach photos.

    McColl’s National Workplace Health & Safety Manager, Joe Boras, said: “This tool will further improve the strong safety culture within McColl’s by monitoring hazards and addressing the issue raised before an injury occurs.”

  • Our People

    McColl’s driver trainer Jeff Hosking could be the most likeable bloke on the planet.

    Jeff started out at McColl’s in 2011, driving line haul for the Bulk Food Grade Division (BFGD) out of Tongala.

    Peter Shearer, McColl’s BFGD General Manager, said that during  the time Jeff was with BFGD he always had a positive attitude.

    “He was very customer focused,” Peter said. “Jeff takes great pride in his work and that was always reflected in the cleanliness of whichever truck he was driving.”

    Since 2014, Jeff has been a McColl’s driver trainer working across Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

    “I do everything from a pre-employment drive with prospective hires to see their skill and attitude, as well as inductions and renewals,” he said.

    “We now have telematics, camera systems and GPS which we use to coach, train and provide feedback to our drivers.

    “I also conduct drug and alcohol testing, which is important to have in the transport industry. We’re doing the right thing for our drivers and customers.”

    Even in the past few years, Jeff has seen major changes to truck safety and driver training.

    “There’s a lot more training than there ever was,” he said. “We want to have the most professional drivers on the road and we’re always trying to give customers the best service.”

    And the secret to being a great truck driver?

    “Patience!” Jeff laughed. “Be ready for anything and stay calm. You never stop learning in the transport industry, that’s for sure.”

  • McColl’s driver performs lifesaving CPR

    WA driver Phil Pidgeon is being applauded after a life-saving encounter.

    Late one February afternoon, while metal detecting for coins at Brunswick Junction, Phil noticed a man collapse by the roadside.

    Retiree, Andy Gross, had suffered a heart attack as he walked to dinner.

    Andy’s wife Louisa said “Phil, the good Samaritan, ran over and gave Andy CPR until the ambulance arrived. If he hadn’t been there, I wouldn’t have Andy. I’m 100 per cent sure.”

    Andy spent about 10 days in hospital and has had heart surgery.

    “Andy has an internal defibrillator now and is very tired but he’s home and recovering,” Louisa said. “We’re very grateful to Phil!”

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