Any kind of workplace accident or injury will result in losses for a business, but few are as expensive or serious as those involving business fleet vehicles. According to statistics from the National Safety Council, losses involving fleet vehicles cost companies nearly twice the amount of average workplace injuries, $70,000 involving fleet vehicles versus $36,600 without. In order to better protect employees and reduce company risk, businesses need to develop an effective fleet safety program that helps promote a safer work environment. In today's Aegis blog post, we help identify several key components involved in developing an effective fleet safety program.
Careful Driver Screening Processes
Companies that want a safe driving fleet must first start by hiring safe drivers through a careful and documented screening process. Businesses should ensure that all potential drivers have clean driving records and clear background checks, and are up-to-date with any CDL endorsements necessary for operating fleet or commercial vehicles. Companies should also identify all employees who operate vehicles on behalf of the business to get an accurate assessment of their risk exposure from vehicles not owned by the company.
Thorough Driver Training
Once a safe team of drivers is assembled, companies should focus next on thorough driver training on all aspects of vehicle operation and transportation. All drivers should complete training on procedures and policies so they understand what to do in the event of inclement weather, vehicle breakdowns, collisions, vehicle damage, or traffic stops by law enforcement. Equipping drivers with safe driving techniques and strategies can help reduce the likelihood for accidents and injuries.
Regular Vehicle Inspections and Maintenance
Another important part of effective fleet safety programs is regular vehicle inspections and maintenance on all fleet vehicles or service trucks. When vehicles are routinely inspected for wear and tear or tune-ups, they are safer for company drivers, and are less likely to break down and cause costly delays. In addition, any issues with vehicle performance, such as the engine, brakes, lights, or fluid leaks, should be addressed and repaired immediately to reduce accidents or driver injuries.
Finally, fleet safety programs are most effective when they have the full support and enforcement of company management. Managers should ensure they are checking in with drivers on a regular basis to ensure there are no issues with driver health or performance, and to ensure they are adhering to all safety regulations. In addition, managers should also be readily available for drivers to report any issues with vehicles, transportation delays, inclement weather, or other problems so they can get prompt guidance and support.
Effective fleet safety programs can go a long way in promoting healthy work environments and developing a culture of safety throughout the company. At Aegis Insurance & Financial Services, we can apply our extensive workplace safety expertise to help your business develop fleet safety programs to protect what matters most. Contact the Aegis office at 713-850-7622 for more information, or fill out our online form to request more information.