Tuxford Logistics teach cycle safety at a local primary school

On 7th July 2017 a team from DS Smith Logistics at Tuxford attended their local school’s summer fete, using educational games to teach primary school children the importance of cycling safely when on the road.

On 7th July 2017 a team from DS Smith Logistics at Tuxford attended their local school’s summer fete, using educational games to teach primary school children the importance of cycling safely when on the road.

It’s a priority for our Logistics team at Tuxford to share DS Smith’s strong culture of health and safety, as well as to build relationships with the local community. 

The schoolchildren learned to think of health and safety risks from a lorry driver’s perspective. They guided a remote-controlled lorry around a course lined with model hazards. The obstacles on the track included lorries, cyclists and a plane, made of cardboard by the Logistics team’s DS Smith colleagues.

The track itself showed the full loop of the DS Smith Supply Cycle from Recycling to Paper and then into Packaging before looping back to Recycling.

Around the track, the Logistics team had decorated with bunting, banners, cardboard dinosaurs and a life-size DS Smith lorry.

Once the children had successfully completed the course, they were given a cardboard cut-out ‘DS Smith driving licence’ headed with our very own health and safety mascot, Boxy. The team also handed out high vis jackets to increase these young cyclists’ visibility in traffic.

As well as promoting cycle safety, the Logistics team ran a forklift challenge for the children, using a scale model, fully-functioning forklift. If the children could lift a small box and pallet to the top of a larger box, and then down again, then they received their ‘forklift driving licence’. The Operations Manager Darren Luetchford commented:

It was with great pride that DS Smith Logistics (Tuxford) were able to support our local community and neighbours at their school summer fair. We used a scale model of a DS Smith Logistics truck to teach children the importance of cycle safety, whilst demonstrating the Supply Cycle of DS Smith.