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Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions brings innovation to road safety work

Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (BBUS), one of the UK’s leading utility solutions providers, recently hosted an innovative road safety seminar at the Concorde Conference Centre in Manchester. The event was held as part of the company’s support for Brake’s Road Safety Week, which this year aimed to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The seminar focused on new methods and products that BBUS is using as part of its driver risk strategy – all of which have the ability to influence driving behaviour, a key factor in BBUS’ ZERO HARM safety vision journey. Representatives from a range of companies showcased the latest technological and behavioural systems, including RiskMaster, who demonstrated their permit-based approach to driver training. Representatives from GreenRoad explained how their telematics based product, which measures over 120 driving manoeuvres, is currently improving BBUS’ driving statistics, while Mercedes-Benz representatives outlined the key safety features of their latest batch of new vans.

Other attendees on the day included BBUS’ clients, employees, subcontractors, suppliers, insurers, vehicle manufacturers and research partners. This diverse group emphasises BBUS’ determination to involve key stakeholders and collaboratively achieve its target of ZERO HARM by 2012. The theme of working together was reinforced throughout the day with Dave Washbourne, BBUS’ Driver Risk Project Manager, explaining the positive effects that collaborative working has already produced.

A question and answer session provided an opportunity to discuss how the wealth of products on display could be joined together, while guests were then invited on a fascinating tour of the Concorde facility.

The event was hosted by BBUS’ Head of Support Services, Brent Mitchell, who said: ‘This event, held to support Brake’s Road Safety Week, demonstrates that BBUS is leading the way in driver risk management. While we don’t yet have all the answers, bringing together the right groups will further the good progress already made on our ZERO HARM journey.’

Aidan Rowsome, General Manager Europe for GreenRoad, was a presenter on the day and said: ‘This valuable event served to reinforce the depth of attention BBUS places on road safety. This level of commitment is unique for the industry in which BBUS operates and shows how dedicated its people are to ZERO HARM.’

Katie Shephard, spokesperson for Brake, said “Shockingly, one in three crashes involve a vehicle that is being driven for work. It is vital that all companies take responsibility for the safety of their drivers through the education and active engagement of their employees. Brake applauds BBUS’ efforts to achieve ZERO HARM by engaging key stakeholders and employees in their journey.”