It was an extremely difficult week last week with one of our cement tanker drivers being involved in a head on collision with an oncoming car on a two way road. CCTV footage from the forward facing camera on the cab of our vehicle shows the car clearly veer across the centre line of the road and into the path of the tanker. Thankfully our driver suffered only minor injuries, however, our thoughts are with the 37 year old married driver of the car who had to be cut free and we believe is in a serious condition in hospital, and their family and friends at this time.
We will review the incident to see if there are any learning points for us, however, there are two important reminders we should all consider:
- Ensure fatigue and other distractions do not affect our concentration while driving.
- Wear seatbelts at all times while operating a vehicle… in this instance it is highly likely that our driver avoided serious injury because he was wearing his seatbelt.
Michel Andre, CEMEX UK Country President, commented: “It is important that we all recall when driving that we need to stay 100% focused on the road thereby ensuring our own safety and integrity as well as those of our passengers as a first priority.”