Awards recognise reductions in occupational road risk

RoSPA has announced the winners of its two annual occupational fleet safety awards presented to companies for road risk reduction initiatives.

Two awards for fleet operators have been given out by the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) as part of the organisation’s 60th RoSPA Health and Safety Awards. The two awards are the “Fleet Safety Award” and the “Fleet Safety Technology Trophy”.

Fleet Safety Award

The Fleet Safety Trophy honours the organisation which demonstrates the most effective and cohesive programme for the management of occupational road risk, supported by historical performance data. This year, the trophy has been received by NFT Distribution Operations of Bristol.

According to Kevin Clinton, head of road safety for RoSPA, NFT has shown significant self-improvement. “Having received consistent Fleet Safety Golds in previous RoSPA Awards years, they have really raised the bar internally, pushing for ever improving standards,” he said.

An example of this can be found in the way they have made their internal fleet safety audits far more challenging. They also now include all office and warehouse staff in inductions provided by their own in-house trainers and assessors. Their internal standards can also be seen in the fact that all HGV drivers are now fully qualified in NVQ Level 2 Driving Goods Vehicles, another improvement which has been made since last year’s awards round. These improvements are also bearing fruit, evidence of which is the steadily decreasing rate of vehicle accidents.

Fleet Safety Technology Trophy

Middlesex-based Tristar Worldwide Chauffeur Services was announced as the winner of the Fleet Safety Technology Trophy which recognises an organisation’s commitment to using the latest technology to keep those who drive for work safe from harm – from “black box” telematics to e-learning and social media.

Kevin Clinton said: “Tristar Chauffer has provided evidence of an excellent, comprehensive system for the management of its fleet and occupational road risk. This is being carried out by a very committed management team, who place a strong emphasis on ensuring completion of systems and procedures.”

Kevin went on to explain that their commitment to using technology to improve safety within the fleet can be seen in many ways, such as the addition of autonomous braking to their vehicle ordering specification, to further reduce the likelihood of low-speed accidents in busy city traffic.

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