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Balfour Beatty moves to cut fleet accident rate

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS) has appointed Active Risk Management (ARM) to help improve its driver road traffic collision record.

The new partnership will complement BBUS’s own team of in-house trainers and will see more than 500 drivers put through a risk assessment and driver training programme.

The company runs a fleet of around 3,200 LCVs and cars, which often cover more than 30,000 miles a year each.

Last November, the merger of BBUS and Balfour Beatty Power Networks was the catalyst for the new training initiative led by driver risk project manager, Dave Washbourne.

BBUS assesses all drivers using its own internally developed risk assessment system, which is designed to identify drivers most likely to be at risk on the roads.

The BBUS system identifies low, medium and high risk drivers based on their previous experience, accident records, driving licence points accrued and the number of miles they drive on company business, using a red-amber-green traffic light system to identify those most at risk.

Those identified as high risk undergo one-to-one on the road driver awareness training with ARM instructors.

The success achieved to date has resulted in winning consecutive awards for Road Safety from road safety Brake for 2007/8.

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