A part of any businesses requirements is to effectively manage day to day risk, and particularly work related safety. Zurich, one of our Fleet insurance providers, have written a whitepaper on some of the risks that Fleet, and haulage businesses particularly, may face and how these can be managed.
Some of the key areas considered in the whitepaper:
Leadership – why it is fundamental that the leadership and management team demonstrate the risk attitude expected of the entire business and lead by example
Technology – Some data provided by telematics systems may not be being harnessed effectively to get an insight into driver behaviour risks, in areas such as:
- Harsh braking & acceleration
Driver distraction – whilst advances in technology have improved some areas of driver safety, the use of mobile technology is a key cause of driver distraction. Businesses should ensure they have strict procedures in place to manage this whilst confirming these procedures are also complied with
Vehicle selection – why thought should be given to Advanced Driver Assistance System for vehicles and Autonomous Emergency Braking systems
Legal vs safe – Complying with laws often means meeting the minimum standards required but the whitepaper considers how going above and beyond these requirements in some areas can result in a safer fleet saving money rather than putting you at a competitive disadvantage
Training – should not simply be a box ticking exercise but integral to improving driver related safety in the work place
More information can be found in the full whitepaper from Zurich.