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RISK Technology, Insurance and Personnel Drive Safe Auto Programs BY LAUREN PINCH I CONSTRUCTION EXECUTIVE | SEPTEMBER 2016 n the following Q&A with Construction Executive, Rick Keegan, president of construction at Travelers, and Bob Kreuzer, vice president of construction risk control at Travelers, offer insight on recruiting qualified commercial drivers and integrating them into a company's safety culture, as well as the impact of telematics on construction fleets and the insurance products needed to limit financial liability. 16 Q: What steps should construction companies take to recruit qualified commercial drivers? Do the needs or skills required of drivers differ depending on the type of construction business? Kreuzer: Commercial driving jobs in construction differ from those in other areas of commercial trucking. For example, load securement with construction equipment on a lowboy may be different than what many commercial drivers experience. As with any new hire, it's important to fully understand the applicant's background, including his or her driving history, prior experience and overall attitude toward safety. It's helpful to road test all applicants in conditions they will actually face on the job. Driving might only be part of the job in some cases, so aim to be clear in job descriptions and interviews on the driving and non-driving expectations for a new hire. Q: How should construction employers onboard new drivers and integrate them into their existing safety culture? Bob Kreuzer Rick Keegan Kreuzer: The average motor vehicle accident-related workers' compensation claim is almost twice the cost of the average claim for other types of accidents, according to the National Safety Council. Any employee who drives as part of their duties may be exposed to getting injured in an auto-related accident, even if they only drive on occasion. Contractors can have many workers that drive for company purposes sporadically; as a result, organizations may underestimate the number of people who drive as part of their workday. Claims can arise from a "non-identified" driver who was just given the keys for a single trip, sometimes not even leaving a worksite. Even those who rarely drive for the company should be included in driver training and subject to the same oversight. A robust safety culture starts with senior management. A written program is a good start, but that alone won't foster an atmosphere of safety. It really makes a difference when that culture is embraced by management and can be seen by employees, as they will likely follow the lead of their supervisors. It's important for all safety programs to include specific expectations and enforce accountabilities consistently at all levels of the organization. If senior management takes a "do as I say, not as I do" attitude toward speeding and distraction, then they shouldn't expect others to follow safety policies, particularly with regard to driving. It's also recommended to put a system in place for reviewing motor vehicle records annually for all identified drivers. Significant losses have occurred involving drivers with poor driving records that may have been identified with a simple motor vehicle record check. https://www.travelers.com/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Executive - September 2016

Industry Insider
In Brief
Washington Update
Construction Markets
Risk
Safety
Workforce
No Bounds to Success
Special Section: Construction Technology
Business Development
Community Outreach
Viewpoints
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - Industry Insider
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - In Brief
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Construction Executive - September 2016 - Washington Update
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