And, while many reversing and other slow speed accidents may not result in any actual injuries, the cumulative costs resulting from vehicle downtime and repairs can often be the most costly element in the budget. This is becoming an issue of increasing importance, and here at Effective Transport Solutions, we’re finding that more and more fleet managers at organisations across the region are taking an interest in slow speed manoeuvring training.
So, in answer to this demand, we’re developing a module which focuses on this incredibly important aspect of driving. Our state-of-the-art training simulators are flexible and provide drivers with the chance to practice manoeuvres in a risk-free environment until they get them right (we can even programme our full size BMW Minis to be vans in order to increase the number of training scenarios available). This is a training package designed to save lives, reduce injuries and save companies money.
The issue of slow speed manoeuvring was thrust into the spotlight back in December 2014, when the largest local authority in the country, Birmingham City Council, was fined £10,000 with £1,887 costs after a refuse worker sustained leg injuries when he was trapped against a van by a reversing bin lorry.
The worker in question was lucky not to have sustained more serious injuries. This is an example which only highlights the importance of slow speed training.
So what can your organisation do to increase safety at slow speed? Enrolling staff members on some effective training is, of course, a good start. Here are some tips from the HSE which may also help:
For more information on how driver training can cut costs, increase safety and boost environmental performance, visit the Effective Transport Solutions website.