Kier Harlow sets safety example
The latest recruitment brings the total number of business champions to just under 40. They are used by the Government-backed "Driving for Better Business" campaign, which is delivered by RoadSafe, to promote the financial, legal and moral reasons for organisations across the public and private sectors to invest in at-work driving safety.
Kier Harlow operates a 135-vehicle fleet including more than 60 vans, a handful of company cars, and a wide cross-section of other vehicles including refuse vehicles, tractors, mowers, chippers, fork lift trucks, cherry pickers, street sweepers, graffiti machines and gulley suckers. In addition, more than 50 employees drive their own cars on company business.
Last year, Kier Harlow, a division of the Bedfordshire-based construction and civil engineering Kier Group, recorded a 60% reduction in road traffic incidents, resulting in huge savings in vehicle repair bills.
Kier Harlow's safe driving policy is based on procedures adopted across the whole of the Kier business, but it also features a number of initiatives unique to the company. Measures introduced include a safe driving policy that encourages drivers to carry out vehicle maintenance checks, a clampdown on mobile phone use and a ban on roof rack use, unless specifically authorised by management, due to the poor securing of loads and overloading in some cases.
Now the safe driving focus has moved to Kier Harlow's many sub-contractors and the firm is trying to work closer with them to provide information, instruction and training and assist with posters and other facilities where they are required.
Caroline Scurr, co-director of the "Driving for Better Business" campaign, said: 'This is exactly what the campaign is about: business champions such as Kier Harlow using their knowledge and expertise to help other organisations reduce their at-work driving risk exposure.'