On Wednesday 18th May 2011, the doors to the Irish Final of the RTITB Operator of the Year Competition 2011 will open. The event, being held at Daralinn Health & Safety Ltd, Blanchardstown, Dublin on 18th May 2011, runs from 9.00am to 3pm and concludes with the announcement of the Irish National Champion by Nuala Flavin, HSA’s Program Manager for the Compliance Division. The RTITB Operator of the Year 2011 is sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK and TNT Express Services UK and Ireland.
Whilst the competitor’s are being tested there are various other activities and entertainments that can be undertaken including visiting a caricaturist and a Nintendo Wii fastest lap competition. There are four tests for the competitors to undertake. They are marked on a “penalties” basis. The competitor with the lowest number of penalties after all finalists have completed the tests will be crowned Irish National Champion and will go forward to the Grand Final on 16th September 2011 to compete for the chance to be RTITB Operator of the Year 2011. The Irish National Champion will also receive a trophy, sponsored by Toyota Material Handling UK and a Red buyagift.com experience voucher. The 1st runner up will also go forward to the Grand Final and will receive an Orange buyagift.com experience voucher, whilst the 2nd runner up will receive a Jade buyagift.com experience voucher.
The trucks being used in the finalist testing have been supplied by Toyota Material Handling UK and are Toyota 7FBMF electric powered counterbalance trucks, with a 3 ton lift capacity and a 4.3m FSV mast. The logistics for the event have been supplied by TNT Express Services UK & Ireland and driven by their Fleet Driver of the Year.
The Irish National Finalists are:
- Brendan Meagher, from Portarlington, trained by Jungheinrich and employed by Glanbia Plc in Waterford.
- Peter McGrath, from Longford, trained by SMT Consultants and employed by C&D Foods in Longford.
- Muhammed Saleem, also from Longford, trained by SMT Consultants and employed by C&D Foods.
- Paul McGlynn again from Longford, trained by SMT Consultants and employed by C&D Foods.
- Michael Clarke from Carlow, trained at Daralinn Training and Consultancy, Stone Developments in Carlow.
- Seamus Day, from Carlow Town, trained at Daralinn Training and Consultancy.
- Kenneth Carrick, of Dublin, trained at Jamestown Training, and works at JCD Transport in Swords.
- Samuel Millar from Ballymena, trained at Woodhill Training Services and works at Wright Buses of Ballymena.
- Simon Moore also from Dublin, Jamestown Training working at Data Conversion in Finglas.
The 3 other National Finals take place as follows;
- 1st June 2011 – Welsh National Final
- 15th June 2011 – Midlands & Southern England National Final
The National Finals are open to the public; however attendance (via www.rtitb.co.uk/fltcompetition) should be registered in advance as places are limited.