The PRAISE International Seminar comes to Madrid
What best practices in the field of work-related road safety are being applied by companies to reduce casualties? What effective actions can be taken to reduce the number of people who lose their lives in a traffic accident while working? On 5 October in Madrid, the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), ARVAL and Fundación MAPFRE presented the PRAISE International Seminar: Identifying, assessing and preventing work-related road safety risks, to provide answers to these questions.
This one-day conference falls within the PRAISE Project that seeks to recognize best practices in the field of road safety at work, with the objective of helping companies and all manner of institutions to become more exacting on matters of road safety and to prevent injuries to their employees.
This project has been coordinated by the ETSC and co-financed by the European Commission. It is currently being supported by the MAPFRE, Fundación Dräger Foundation and the German Council for Road Safety (DvR).
The director of Fundacion MAPFRE's Area for Accident Prevention and Road Safety, was responsible for opening the Seminar. He used his intervention to highlight the importance of everybody working together on work-related road safety.
As Laurence Atchison, Project Director for the European Transport Safety Council, rightly said during his speech, “The importance of road safety applies to all of us, companies, workers and society as a whole.”
About 40% of traffic accidents involving fatalities are related to journeys for work. “Work-related road safety is indisputably a problem for us all.” This was according to Marta Zimmermann of the National Institute of Safety, Health and Hygiene in the Workplace.
The seminar also featured a contribution from José Luis Fernández, key account director at Dräger, who explained how the latest Dräger Interlock worked, a breathalyzer that prevents anyone who has consumed alcohol from starting the vehicle. As José Luis pointed out during his presentation, “10% of the drivers we encounter during the day will have recently consumed alcohol and/or drugs.”
The Seminar also dealt with the subject of speed at the wheel. Did you know that by observing the speed limits there would be 43% fewer collisions and 69% fewer people run over? That means 379 lives saved.
Also present at the Seminar was Jacqueline O'Donovan of O'Donovan Waste, the company that won the PRAISE Award in 2016, who detailed the good practices that had won the prize for her company.
Also attending was Eduardo Mayoral, Director of Safety and Quality at ALSA, who advised that they were reducing road traffic accidents. Javier Amigo, fleet manager at Campofrío, also wanted to contribute to the Seminar, explaining about the T-LLEVO platform that takes charge of putting drivers in contact with passengers to share work-related journeys.
Basically, we can never have too many measures to prevent work-related traffic accidents. That is why, as Jesús Monclús concluded: “We must never drop our guard.”
- Prevention and Road Safety