Brigade drive to stay safe on the road

Nick Brown, Managing Director of Bertschi, Mark Wilson, Driver Trainer for Bertschi, Andrew Bright of Cleveland Fire Brigade and Firefighters Peter Campbell and Victoria Henderson.

Nick Brown, Managing Director of Bertschi, Mark Wilson, Driver Trainer for Bertschi, Andrew Bright of Cleveland Fire Brigade and Firefighters Peter Campbell and Victoria Henderson.

Cleveland Fire Brigade has been working closely with one of the area’s major haulage firms to help ensure that the company’s drivers stay safe at the wheel.

The Brigade have been supporting Bertschi UK Ltd’s driver training programme delivering a number of sessions at the firm’s structured training days held recently at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

More than a quarter of all road traffic incidents involve people who are driving as part of their work.

Research also shows that around 20 people are killed and 250 seriously injured every week when either driving or using the road for work-related purposes.

Andrew Bright of Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The Fire Brigade is often first at the scene when a road traffic collision occurs so we know all about the carnage that can result and the devastating impact it can have on families.

“Driving a heavy goods vehicle clearly brings added responsibilities and if something goes wrong the consequences can have fatal implications.

“During the training sessions we have been focussing on what we call the ‘Fatal Four’ which are responsible for a large proportion of traffic collisions. These are speed, distracted driving such as using a mobile phone, alcohol & drugs, and seat belt compliance. In addition the dangers of driver fatigue were also covered.

“Employers have a responsibility under the Health and Safety at Work Act to ensure that others are not put at risk by work-related activities and that includes driving.

“Companies such as Bertschi UK Ltd are to be commended for their commitment to their professional staff training programmes to maintain and improve driver safety.”

Bertschi UK Ltd, is part of the Bertschi Group, a Swiss based family owned business founded in 1956. They operate across 42 countries worldwide transporting bulk chemicals in liquid and dry bulk form.

Bertschi’s UK operation is run from their 30 acre site at South Bank, Middlesbrough. They handle over 15,000 containers annually and run 74 trucks along with 120 trailers.

Nick Brown, Managing Director of Bertschi UK Ltd, said: “I was delighted that Cleveland Fire Brigade could assist us with our annual driver training meetings, the presentations given were extremely informative and well received by our drivers.”

If any company in the Cleveland Fire Brigade area is interested in finding out how the Fire Brigade can help them with driver safety, they should contact Andrew Bright on 01429 872311 or email abright@clevelandfire.gov.uk