AIMS - Hit The Loss Prevention Target Every Time By ***Tony M Jackson
“Safety managers and directors for fleet companies should recognize that the highway environment has changed significantly in recent years, and new safety technologies has made a significant difference in providing better protection against losses.”
Fleet drivers and maintenance utility crews are constantly experiencing "near misses or incidences where "higher visibility lighting" could have made a significant difference in the outcome. The latest technologies provide back-up - special marker lighting coupled with reflectivity in high traffic volume areas to avoid accidents and protect company assets.
Traditional warning triangles and traffic cones are no longer considered the safest alternatives to mitigate losses as traffic congestion increases in major metropolitan areas. Considering a loss prevention strategy that includes AIMS (Assured Incident Management Solutions) is having a major influence on proactively addressing safety concerns of Fleet Managers and ultimately, creates a highly visible and secure operating environment.
Fleet Management, Transportation Safety Programs, Tactical Avoidance Response Systems (TARS), creates an environment where fleet personnel (drivers and maintenance crews) should never again have to experience cause of "roadside incursions!" What could be implemented immediately to ensure fleets are protected against driver error, post or secondary accidents, and unfamiliarity with highway construction and improvement projects that could lead to accidents?
"Roadside Incursions" presents a clear danger to drivers, fleet/utility assets, and have major implications for implementing safety programs designed to reduce accidents, and prevent losses. “Protecting personnel, assets, and cargos is critical to loss prevention programs and fleet safety strategies that influence the bottom-line for transportation, carrier, and utility companies,” says Jackson, an expert on “loss prevention” strategies and tactical fleet safety deployments.
There are proactive steps to manage safety initiatives. According to Jackson, here are seven benefits of implementing an AIMS program and tactical avoidance strategy:
• Preparation: When an incident occurs, the focus of AIMS is to "create an immediate and proactive response. AIMS reduce potential injuries/fatalities, proactively secure the external environment, and protect personnel and assets. Ultimately, the program provides an advanced alert for motorist to preserve the business interest of the company."
• Discovery and Confirmation: Once an incident or safety concern is brought to the attention of management, maintaining safety integrity of the external environment is important. Personnel performing critical job functions of delivery, utility maintenance services, and safely transporting cargo should be a top priority.
• Reaction Time: Effective and proactive management response in real-time serves to assist personnel with navigating through unsafe environments by creating mitigating responses to ensure appropriate and safe solutions are initiated. When reaction time is reduced, it helps personnel with operating safely in the external environment.
• Location Management: The effectiveness of any incident response is synonymous with actively participating in the incident from a proactive management prospective. Site management is the single most effective response to assuring that the external environment is secured and appropriate safety measures are implemented according to safety standard operating procedures.
• Clearance Response: An AIMS Program is directly related to the bottom-line in terms of time required to resume external delivery or service operations and meet the company delivery/service obligations. Management of the external environment requires effectively communicating safety directives of the company in order to reduce time required to secure the environment, resolve the incident based on corporate policies, and ensures that operations resume as soon as feasibly possible.
• External Employee Information/Training: Research indicates that when external employees experience an incident where the vehicle becomes disabled, if a plan is not in place, they will devise their own alternatives based on what they perceive as “common sense” without regard to real-time safety awareness processes or regulatory standards designed to effectively address safety concerns. In addition, they may not be aware that the external environment presents a danger if safety procedures are not followed, especially where vehicles are driven at speeds that could cause serious bodily harm present dangers, or create losses to company assets.
• Safety Mitigation Procedures: Which is even worse, drivers may abandon company vehicles on the highway leading to a safety hazard. It becomes increasing important that personnel follow the requisite safety procedures required in order to effectively secure the environment, exercise mitigating procedures to protect one’s self as well as company assets, and safely protect the business interest of the company and valued customers served.
Comprehensive Loss Prevention Strategy
Can fleet/utility companies afford not to have a comprehensive loss prevention strategy? “Fleet liability losses and law suits continue to rise. Million dollar loss payments are now occurring more regularly when fleets are involved in single or multi-vehicle accidents. Fleets present complex safety exposures for a risk manager,” says Jackson. Jackson went on to say, “Safety managers and directors for fleet companies should recognize that the highway environment has changed significantly in recent years, and new safety technologies has made a significant difference in providing better protection against losses.”
Hitting the AIMS Target:
While regulatory safety products satisfy most requirements, increases in commercial and consumer traffic deaths and injuries, and on-going highway construction and improvements projects presents a clear challenge to the business as usual approach. Simply meeting the minimum standards is not enough in today’s complex traffic environment. “Actively having a plan in place to prevent incidents is far better than leaving decision-making completely in the hands of personnel—it should be a joint effort of management and on-site personnel,” says Jackson.
Unprecedented increases in speed limits and accidents, as well as poor highway lighting creates an opportunity to strengthen company safety standards. “Higher visibility lighting--coupled with high intensity reflective material is the "next generation" incident management solutions to proactively protect fleets, drivers, and utility maintenance crews,” says Jackson. AIMS coupled with effective incident management solutions, presents a comprehensive approach to secure dangerous environments and prevent driver, fleet assets, and cargo losses.
About the Author:
***Tony M. Jackson "AKA" Techlevel33 Capstone* is an expert on “loss prevention” strategies and tactical safety solutions located in West Palm Beach, Florida USA. He holds a BS Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology and MBA in Technology Management with over 20 years of hands-on advanced proactive and prevention safety technology experience as well as field deployment safety systems. Contact Tony directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.techlevel33.com for additional information related to Higher Visibility Safety Technologies and Advance Collision Avoidance Systems.
Articles and all posted information is "made" with All Rights Reserved, "without prejudice" and signed with "personam signature" of ***Tony M. Jackson* and in c/o Techlevel33 Capstone* without dishonor and declares personam Rights reserved expressed exclusively at USUCC 1-207.7.