Working to create real jobs in logistics for the disabled

Serving and former members of the armed services – all of whom have suffered some form of physical injury while on active duty in the world's trouble spots – recently attended an open forum at Jungheinrich UK Ltd's Birmingham showroom and training centre.

The purpose of the day was to gauge how easily five commonly used items of materials handling equipment – powered pallet and ride-on pallet trucks, reach, counterbalance and VNA Combination picker/stacker trucks - could be modified to allow anyone with a disability to operate them effectively.

A number of third party logistics specialists along with the Poppy Factory (where poppies, crosses and wreaths for the Royal British Legion's annual Remembrance Day appeal have been made for 90 years) and Skills for Logistics, organised the event jointly.

Craig Johnson, marketing manager of Jungheinrich UK Ltd, commented: "We are pleased to be working with our industry partners at the start of a process that aims to deliver long –term sustainable solutions.

"This campaign has its sights set on creating real jobs – not false roles that simply allow a box to be ticked as part of a company's corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment."

He continued: "Sadly, it is the case that some employers are reluctant to employ anyone with a physical disability because they perceive that disabled people bring a unique set of problems.

"Along with our partners, we are working to change that view and hope to be able to demonstrate that the physically impaired have an important role to play in the modern logistics industry."

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