Stonegate Tooling introduce a driver risk management programme

Background

Stonegate Tooling are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of tools and materials to stone fabricators, and are known as ‘the UK’s most trusted supplier’ in the industry. They also provide expert support and advice to their clients.

Challenges Faced

Stonegate are a growing company with an expanding team whose staff use company vehicles as well as their own to visit client sites.

Requirement

Stonegate wanted to ensure that as employers they were fully up to speed with health and safety legislation and as a responsible employer, they were doing all they could to protect their staff and keep them safe on the roads.

How We Helped

Adrian Hide Consultancy was brought in to assess what measures were already in place and carry out a full risk assessment to help ensure driver safety. Adrian also developed a fleet safety policy and is working with Stonegate to look at delivering an on-line driver safety course for its employees.

After the completion of the project, Stonegate commented: “We would have been lost without Adrian’s expertise. He’s really easy to work with and his knowledge is invaluable. We really liked the emphasis on risk management and the structure. It’s early days but so far staff have given us great feedback and we are now considering  working with Adrian to bring in driver safety training for our staff.”

Fifteen Group to use e-learning course for all staff

Background

Fifteen Group are an award-winning telecommunication, IT and software company. Based in Stoke-on-Trent they have clients across the UK.

Challenges Faced

Staff use the company’s fleet of vans to travel to customer sites across the country. Staff also use their own vehicles for work purposes and are paid business mileage. Fifteen Group felt there was gap in training and wanted to ensure this was resolved.

Requirement

The company wanted to ensure all staff who drive for work purposes, were give the best training possible to keep them safe on the roads. 

How We Helped

Adrian Hide Consultancy was brought in to discuss the training options that were available, and the on-line safety course was chosen for its flexibility and to ensure Covid safety. All staff who drive for work have completed the course and it now forms part of the induction process for new starters.

Ian Walker is of the Company Director. He said: “As a company we take the health and safety of our employees very seriously, whether that’s on site or on the roads. A van is essentially a one- or two-ton piece of metal that could potentially be very dangerous if it’s not maintained or driven properly. As an employer we wanted to ensure all staff who drive as part of their job, whether they drive one of our vans or their own vehicle was given the best training. Adrian’s course provided that. It was interesting, informative and I know from the feedback that our staff have given that they learnt a lot and found it very useful.”

Approach Dementia Support invest in driver training for their staff

Background

Approach Dementia Support offers offer community support across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to those living with dementia.

Challenges Faced

They have a number of support staff who provide one to one support for vulnerable people including those living with dementia. Their roles are vital in supporting them to get out and about, interact socially and to take service users out for walks, for food or to take part in hobbies including fishing. This service relies on support staff using their own vehicles to transport service users.

Requirement

The organisation wanted to ensure that staff were fully trained in using their own vehicles for work purposes, understood their responsibilities, and knew how to keep their vehicles roadworthy to help keep themselves and their services users safer.

How We Helped

Following a meeting with Adrian, it was agreed that all 18 support staff should attend an E-learning training course which would meet all of their requirements. All new starters will now undergo the training as part of their induction process.

Louise Eagle is the Head of Strategic Alliance at Approach Dementia Support. She said: “Adrian has helped us every step of the way, from understanding our specific needs to highlighting the best training for our staff. The training itself is fantastic and our team really enjoyed completing it as well as learning a lot in the process! It’s important for us to know that we are doing all we can to keep our staff and our service users safe when they’re on the roads and by bringing Adrian in, we feel that we are doing that.”

Phoenix Occupational Health – Driver Risk Management Case Study

Background

Phoenix Occupational Health are a Staffordshire based family firm.

They offer all aspects of occupational health services including management referrals, health checks and health promotions to organisations and businesses.

Owned and run by Lyndsey Marchant, they have a team of staff who travel to companies across the country to deliver these services.

Challenges Faced

There was an incident where a former member of staff had an accident on the way home from work, where he had hit a road sign. He wasn’t hurt but the car had been damaged and needed fixing. It only came to light because the incident had come up in conversation and not because the employee reported it.

Requirement

Phoenix were concerned that staff weren’t aware of the procedures they needed to follow if a similar incident happened again. They also wanted to ensure that as an employer they were doing all they could to keep staff safe on the roads and comply with health & safety legislation for managing driver risk in the workplace.

How We Helped

Adrian Hide Consultancy were brought in to formally introduce a driver risk management programme for Phoenix, this meant the creation of a risk assessment, driver safety policy and a driver safety handbook for all their staff. In addition, procedures were set up to ensure their staff and the vehicles they driver were safe and compliant.

As part of Phoenix’s investment in people, all staff have undertaken an online driver safety course, aimed at promoting safe and fuel-efficient driving.

David Marchant from Phoenix Occupational Health said: “Adrian has been fantastic, and it’s brought us real peace of mind. We know now we’re doing all we can to keep our staff safe when they’re driving for work purposes and every new team member will attend one of Adrian’s courses as part of their onboarding process.”

SAS Water – Driver Safety Case Study

Background

SAS Water are a Staffordshire based company who specialise in all aspects of Legionella control. Owned and run by Lizzie Ward, Lizzie has a team of eight engineers who drive company vans all over the country to client sites. 

Challenges Faced

Some of the drivers were getting poor ratings from the vehicle tracker systems fitted within in the vans and SAS Water wanted to address that so that they could make sure their drivers were driving as safely as possible.

Requirement

The company wanted to give the drivers all the tools and information they needed to keep themselves and other road users safe.

As an employer their aim was to be as proactive as possible to make sure their team had the best training possible.

How We Helped

Following a meeting with Adrian, Lizzie delivering an in-house training session with her staff, based on Adrian’s advice and knowledge but Lizzie wanted the training to be as comprehensive as possible. As a result, herself and the team of engineers also underwent Adrian’s on-line training specifically designed for van drivers.

All new starters now undergo the training as part of their induction/onboarding process.

Lizzie said: “Adrian’s training has been fantastic. He’s helped raise our employers awareness when it comes to being on the road, in terms of driving and van maintenance. As a business owner I want to know I am doing all I can to help keep my team safe and knowing that the drivers have been on Adrian’s course has given me peace of mind. It will also help us be legally compliant and supports us with our health and safety accreditation which is important.  I know myself and the team have learnt a lot and I would wholeheartedly recommenswd Adrian and his training. He’s a thoroughly lovely guy, extemelely knowledgeable and great to work with.”

Driving Home the Road Safety Message for Education and Outdoor Activity Provider

Background

Audley based Peak have four registered independent day schools in Cannock, Gailey, Stoke-on-Trent and Audley.  Along with six activity water sports and activity centres in the Cheshire, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. The company ethos is Education through Adventure. 

Challenges faced

Peak have more than 160 staff who drive as part of their work, the majority of which are classed as young drivers (aged 17 to 24). Their staff transport up to 100 pupils a day to and from the various locations along with towing trailers including 6m mobile climbing walls!

Health and Safety Executive and Department of Transport figures show:

  • Nearly three in ten collisions involve a young driver aged 17 to 24
  • One in five new drivers will have an accident within their first year of driving
  • More than a quarter of accidents will involve someone driving for work at the time of the incident

Requirement

Peak Transport Manager Andy Foster wanted a virtual road safety course creating that could be delivered on-line so their drivers could fit the training in, in and around their working day.

How we helped

Adrian took his e-Learning based Eco-Safe driving course and customised it to include the company logo, a personal company message in the form of a video supplied my Peak, a module specifically for young drivers because of their team’s demographic as well as downloadable personal action plans and Peak’s vehicle safety check form.

On the date specified by Peak, over 160 staff were enrolled onto the course with regular reports provided so that course participation and completion could be monitored.

What our client said

Peak Education’s Andy Foster said: “Road safety is of paramount importance to us not just for the students we transport but for our drivers too. I really feel that it’s out duty to ensure our drivers are as skilled as possible. We have a very young workforce and because we know that statistically you’re more likely to have an accident when you’re younger we want to make sure we give our drivers the best training possible.

“I’ve been looking for a virtual course for our staff to go on for a while when I came across Adrian’s work. He has been absolutely fantastic. He designed something specifically for us and nothing has been too much trouble. The feedback we’ve had from the drivers who have already completed the course has been brilliant. They’ve told us they already feel far more aware and are putting into practice the things they’ve learnt. We will carry on working with Adrian to deliver our training and have made his course part of our mandatory training for all new starters.”

Lauryn Winter, 18, Apprentice Inclusive Education Practitioner said: “The course has really opened my eyes. I’m not the most experienced driver yet but I honestly thought I knew what I needed to know to make sure I was as safe as possible. Adrian’s course has really opened my eyes, not only just about safety but about fuel saving and your carbon footprint. I’ve learnt lots and it was enjoyable too.”