The latest issue of Utility & Contractor Fleet Manager highlights the case study detail and procedures Skanska has in place that enabled it to become a Driving for Better Business 'business champion'...
Nature of Operation and Driving Activities
The Skanska fleet consists of cars, light commercial vehicles (vans and tippers) and heavy goods vehicles (tippers, MEWPS, traffic management vehicles, vacuum excavators and coaches).
The predominant use of the vehicles is for transportation of workforce and equipment to work sites, apart from the specialist vehicles listed above. Skanska has three operating licences and works throughout the UK.
Work Related Road Safety Policy and Procedures
Skanska UK has the following policies and procedures in place:
• Commercial vehicle drivers manual
• Company car and car allowance driver’s manual
• Company vehicle policy
• Occupational road risk policy
• Motor vehicle road traffic procedure
• Skanska green car policy
• DVLA checks through Licence Bureau
• Driver’s risk assessment and identified training based on risk rating (through Peak Performance)
Work Related Road Safety Guidance for Drivers
The documentation detailed left has been produced to provide both policy and guidance in relation to all driving activities including road safety. All employees who drive on Skanska business are inducted in line with the driver manuals. There are also a number of safety briefings and best practise case studies that are available on the intranet. Skanska also holds ‘stand down’ meetings in order to discuss and learn form major incidents.
Auditing and review
Skanska holds ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations and is subject to rigorous audit from its internal compliance team and third party auditors.
Skanska has recently been successfully audited for reassessment to FORS (Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme) and is also accredited under the FTA Van Excellence Scheme.
The Fleet Operations Manager also conducts specific audits at depot level. This is an area that is currently under review in order to introduce a new robust audit regime specifically targeted at fleet related matters.
Skanska works very closely with its supply chain partners, which include organisations such as FMG, Leaseplan, Licence Bureau, Peak Performance and Shell From information gained through analysing tracking data, the following performance measures are used to set strategy and measure improvements:
Skanska has already begun to see a reduction in the accident frequency rate, and it is important to note that the figures shown in Table A include both own and third party damage.
This is broken down between cars and commercial vehicles as shown in Table B.
The figures are provided by Leaseplan who act as Skanska’s accident management company. Although there is still a huge opportunity for improvement, the statistics do show an overall 8% reduction in AFR between 2010 and 2012.
Financial and Other Benefits (as a result of WRRS measures)
As with the AFR, all figures are provided by Leaseplan and show a saving in accident damage costs (from 2010-2012) of company cars and commercial vehicles of £58,950.
Working with Leaseplan has also enabled Skanska to achieve the following additional savings in the same period:
Mobile repair hire saving £48,930
Courtesy car hire saving £71,640
Engineers savings £97,222
Fleet safety has always been important, but we have learned that it needs to be a living breathing part of the overall safety culture of the business.
Our drivers are already skilled and know how to drive safely, but they sometimes chose not to. Changing driver behaviours is the only sustainable way to improve the culture long term.
Current and future developments
Skanska has recruited a Fleet Road Risk Manager to lead a dedicated team and further develop on the work achieved so far in relation to road safety.
The team will work with the business to identify areas for improvement based on their current position. There will be a range of measurements recorded to establish a baseline in:
• Accident frequency rate
• Poor driving behaviours (from telematics reports)
• High risk drivers based on number of traffic violations
• Fuel consumption
• Issues arising from audits including driver’s hours, defect reporting, and completion of identified training.
Skanska’s Fleet Road Safety Manager will attend senior safety team meetings and engage with health and safety teams, to extend the strong safety culture that Skanska has to all aspects of driving for work.
The fleet department is establishing a new robust auditing system focusing on the vehicle/driver/journey aspects of the business. This will work in addition to the existing audits and enable the process to add real value to our fleet operations.
Contract champions will be identified to ensure a consistent approach throughout the business.
Skanska is going to be part of the new ‘Fleet Safety Forum’ put together by IOSH.