Co. Kildare business saved cash through driver safety initiative

4 August 2014

A telecommunications company in Co. Kildare – Killarney Telecommunications Ltd (KTL) revealed it had saved more than €31,000 after launching a strategy to cut road accidents involving its staff.

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Left to right: KTL vehicles, and Claire O’Brien, Health and Safety Officer at KTL and IOSH member talking to a delegate at the launch of the Life Savings Ireland campaign.

KTL, which has a head office in Naas, Co. Kildare, as well as regional offices across Ireland, the UK and Belgium, employs 170 staff.

In 2009, the company had six road traffic collisions and 19 near misses, while 10 employees a week were identified to be speeding. KTL recognised it had a problem with fleet safety and wanted to improve it.

A three-year strategy was launched in 2010 which aimed to prevent road traffic accidents, collisions and speeding. Advanced driving assessments were introduced alongside new software which monitors its drivers’ speed, hours and miles travelled, idle time and fuel consumption. All the data on the system are reviewed by managers and the health and safety team.

The new approach has seen a drop in road traffic collisions from six in 2009 to two in 2012, and near misses have gone from 19 to four in this period. Speeding incidents have been cut from 10-a-week to one.

It has led to a cut in the company’s annual insurance premiums from €93,000 to €61,500 as a result of fewer claims. The company also spends less on fuel, maintenance costs and medical expenses. The work also earned the business the European Transport Safety Council’s Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees (PRAISE) award.

KTL health and safety officer Claire O’Brien, a graduate member of IOSH, said:

“Having won the PRAISE award, we received positive recognition from our clients and it has helped us to win new customers.“
Our driving initiatives have been beneficial in maintaining our safety performance and have helped reduce our costs, which has given us a competitive advantage over our rivals.” 

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