The company fleet driving hazard is in the media again today, with WorkSafe CEO Nicole Rosie highlighting driver risk in the Herald Business Section, p7. Ms Rosie states that New Zealand’s Health & Safety performance is one of the worst in the OECD and that many of the recent deaths have been caused by the same types of issues that have been killing Kiwi workers for years, specifically company fleet vehicle accidents. NZ statistics indicate that 30% of work-place injuries and about 13% of fatalities are company fleet related. See the full story at http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11890329.
Crash Management agrees that company fleet operators tend to under-estimate the risk of fleet crashes, and both the social and financial cost. It’s estimated that 1 in 4 company fleet vehicles will be involved in a crash in NZ every year. There are a range of cost effective products & services to address the problem and many cases studies illustrating that reducing company fleet vehicle accident rates by up to 50% is very achievable.
The company fleet vehicle accident rate appears to be even worse in Europe though, with a recent study by the European Transport Safety Council shows that 40% of driving fatalities are work-related. Analysing EU road safety data for 2016 – a year in which road traffic caused 25,671 fatalities throughout the EU – the ETSC points out that the drop in road deaths has stagnated, and urges the EU, national governments and the private sector specifically to reduce the risk of company fleet vehicle work-related road accidents.
The report points to improved data collection as an important first step to take. Few police forces across the EU currently register the purpose of the journey for vehicles involved in accidents, nor is there a standard definition for company fleet vehicle work-related road deaths throughout the EU – a cause of underestimation of the problem. Concurrent with the publication of the report, the ETSC named Switzerland as the winner of its 2017 ETSC Road Safety Performance Index Award for its progress on reducing the number of deaths and injuries on its roads.
In Switzerland the number of road deaths declined by 15% in 2016 compared to the previous year, by 34% since 2010, and by 60% since 2001. The average number of road deaths in Switzerland now stands at 26 per million inhabitants – the lowest in Europe, together with Norway. Said Antonio Avenoso, executive director of the ETSC: “We hope Switzerland’s win sends a positive message to other traditional road safety leaders who have dropped the ball in recent years such as the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK”. http://www.fleeteurope.com/en/news/40-eu-road-deaths-are-work-related.
See https://crashmanagement.co.nz/corporate-government-fleets/ to learn how Crash Management can help.