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ICFM conference: WIPE way for fleets to manage risks

FLEETS need to 'wipe' the slate clean if they are to get to grips with improving safety levels among their drivers.

The WIPE approach is a four-stage plan to assess a fleet's safety levels, which begins with asking Why, moving on to an Initial and on-going status review, followed by a Pilot scheme and implementing changes, following by an Evaluation of the results.

It was revealed at the ICFM conference by Dr Will Murray, senior risk consultant – motor fleet practice with Zurich Risk Services.

Detailing how fleets could follow the WIPE process, he explained to delegates how the status review could provide a wealth of information on accidents, if it were properly set up.

This would include details on the type of incident and the location, broken down by driver.

In introducing change, Murray said companies had to back any work from the top down.

He said: 'Senior managers need to show commitment and lead by example. You need to establish risk management systems before focusing on driver behaviour and the entire organisation should be responsible for meeting safety aims.'

Recent cases he had been involved with included a firm with a 23% claims reduction, one with half the claims and another with the time between crashes leaping from 12 months to two years.

His comments were backed by Tony Betancourt, of DriveTech, who said fleets had to ensure their drivers were qualified to get behind the wheel and drive the distances expected of them as employees.

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