The importance of ongoing driver development is making sure the job is completed in a safe manner.
According to HSA statistics, 44 people died in workplace accidents in Ireland in 2016. Of these, fully 45% of fatalities involved a vehicle of some shape or form.
But which vehicles? And what does that tell us about road safety?
Of the 20 people who died in vehicle-related workplace accidents in 2016:
– 19 were male
– 12 were involved in agriculture
– 11 were over the age 55
– 8 fatalities involved a tractor
On a certain level there is nothing overly surprising here. Farms are dangerous workplaces and farmers do tend to be predominantly older and male, yet beyond that the dangers inherent in warehousing and transportation generally are apparent.
Are men riskier drivers? Well, data from the US would tend to suggest that they are:
Many more men than women die each year in motor vehicle crashes. Men typically drive more miles than women and more often engage in risky driving practices including not using safety belts, driving while impaired by alcohol, and speeding. Crashes involving male drivers often are more severe than those involving female drivers.
So what does this mean those of us who drive for a living or, indeed, manage those who drive for a living?
The key lesson to take away from this is that Driver CPC and other forms of ongoing development are critical. Just because someone might be a confident male does not mean that they are a good driver. Equally, being an “experienced” driver does not mean that you will not have an accident.
If you or your team need professional assessment and guidance on your driver safety initiatives, call the friendly team at ISM today.
ISM Training’s specialist Fleet Division is highly experienced in all aspects of driving for work.
We support Ireland’s largest organisations – private, state and semi-state – with the implementation of fleet training solutions to ensure that both that their legal obligations are met but more importantly that their employees are able to drive safely and effectively when carrying out their duties and “driving for work”.
If you would like to learn more about how ISM Training and our Fleet Division can help you, call our friendly Customer Care Team today.
Our friendly customer Customer Care Team can be contacted on 01 864 1790 and they would be delighted to discuss the consultancy and training options with you.