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Fleet accident details are being underused

THE large number of fleets which collate data and keep records on accidents involving their drivers could use the information to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

A new study involving 160 companies has found that while many have health and safety policies covering at-work driving issues, they could do more to utilise the information gathered.

Taking remedial action following an accident involving an employee has been described as one of the most important procedures to prevent further incidents.

A company ‘health check’ on fleets has been carried out by contract hire and leasing company ALD Automotive.

It found that 141 companies (88% of respondents) kept details and reviewed accident records but 20 said they did not or were unsure whether they did.

And while 53% of companies reviewed their accidents by type and fault to establish trends, 40% did not and 6% were not sure whether they did.

Areas to be looked at include the driver, the third party involved, road and weather conditions, the vehicle and the job task. This could produce findings allowing fleets to concentrate on certain areas.

ALD Automotive marketing director David Yates said: ‘The majority of companies have put in place an at-work driving health and safety strategy, however it is clear that many of those organisations need to be more proactive to obtain maximum benefits.

‘Post-accident investigation is a vital part of any comprehensive corporate occupational road risk strategy. By reducing the number of work-related crashes, companies will see a number of major spin-off benefits.’

James Sutherland, managing director of Peak Performance, ALD’s risk management partner, said: ‘Post-collision interviews are a key element in managing work-related road safety and are a demonstration of corporate and social responsibility, as well as producing a clear audit trail of actions taken in line with the latest health and safety guidelines.’

ALD and Peak host a post-crash interview workshop that aims to provide fleet managers with knowledge and skills to carry out post-accident interviews with staff.

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