In the August issue this year Company Vehicle magazine profiled the health & safety implications for business fleets and described Crash Management as ‘critical’ for any responsible employer wanting to ensure it is fleet fit and fully compliant with the new H&S at Work Act. See more at https://companyvehicle.co.nz/article/crash-management-critical.
Any vehicle used for business purposes is deemed to be “a place of work” so fleet operations are subject to the obligations imposed by the new Act. Empolyers must take ‘all practical steps’ to address vehicle hazard and ensure the business is fleet fit. Crash Management can assist with a comprehensive range of accident prevention strategies and products. Unfortunately car accident claims can’t be completely eliminated, but our 24/7 emergency response and driver support programme will provide peace of mind at half the cost of our competitors.
There are a range of car accident prevention products and services available to help get your fleet fit:
A full review of the fleet safety rating, age and condition, as well as its itended use and environment to determine whether it’s fit for purpose
DRIVER EVALUATION & TRAINING:
On-line models or simulators are a good place to start but unfortunately many SME and even corporate employers don’t realise they are “fleet operators” so don’t put any time or resource into vehicle use. They also fail to recognise that driving a vehicle is the most dangerous aspect of work and accounts for the highest proportion of work related injuries and deaths, with over 12,000 serious car accident injuries reported last year and almost 300 car accident fatalities. Simply sighting a driver’s licence at recruitment is no longer sufficient and employers are at risk of significant penalties if fleet vehicle use is not given sufficient health & safety priority.
Guardian System – in vehicle units that detect driver fatigue or distraction activate alarms to alert the driver, and automatically trigger video recording when alarms are activated.
In vehicle cameras – the fleet operators “black box”. The device can detect and over-ride risky driving behaviour or manouvers before an accident results. These units provide video and audio records whenever a vehicle is involved in a high-risk situation including aggressive breaking or swerving. Recordings can also be used to support not-at-fault insurance claims, helps promote safer driving, and are also proven to reduce fuel use, excessive vehicle wear and tear including tyres.
GPS- also proven to improve driver behavior including speeding, and can be programmed to trigger an automated impact alert to Crash Management – the ultimate fleet fit feature, ensuring instant vehicle and location identification. This functionality is particularly relevant for lone workers or environments likely to be out of cell phone coverage, and could be a life saver in an injury accident.
DOCUMENTATION – H&S loves a paper-trail:
Vehicle Use Policy – you can’t expect drivers to comply with procedural fleet guidelines and expectations if it’s not documented and available to them!
Driver Rescue & Repatriation Plan – Your company can be fleet fit with Crash Management, fully prepared to limit the impact of vehicle hazards, and well served when accident claims and collision repairs are needed. But we’ll need to know how you would want us to treat your driver in an injury or non-driveable situation. Talk to us about a tailored plan to transport and accommodate drivers away from base or after-hours, which of your company contacts or departments we need to trigger instant alerts to in the event of injury, and what you’d like to see from our incident reporting programme.
Risk is a factor inherent any aspect of business, and we understand the risks that fleet operators face. Ensuring your company is fleet fit with Crash Management supports health & safety obligations, frees up non-productive time to focus on core business and means you can continue to be successful and profitable. You need a service partnership with an accident management provider who is expert, independent and willing to understand your business and operational requirements. That’s Crash Management approach to getting your business fleet fit. We can be trusted to understand what it takes to be prepared for the unexpected.
You can read more about Crash Management in this month’s Company Vehicle profile at https://companyvehicle.co.nz/article/crash-management-101
Talk to us about how we can get your fleet fit, compliant and operating efficiently. Or just call 0800 2CRASH for emergency accident assistance, car insurance claim facilitation, fast-tracked assessing and quality collision repair management. There will be over 4,000,000 vehicles on NZ roads this summer – please drive carefully!