The latest figures from ATS Euromaster show a huge reduction in lost time accidents affecting the company's staff – with a 58 per cent drop having been achieved in the past five years.
Whereas 100 such scenarios affected employees in 2007, only 42 did so in 2011. This year looks set to be even more successful, with only 12 lost time accidents recorded for the first six months of 2012.
As Stan Rudowski, group head of health, safety and technical services at ATS Euromaster explained, tyre assistance can carry a degree of risk for employees.
"We have the largest mobile tyre fitting force in our industry, meaning many technicians operate away from the confines of a service centre in some of the most dangerous environments in the transport sector," he said.
"They provide assistance to customers on motorways, construction sites, farms, as well as in hauliers’ yards, at airports and in busy car parks."
However, the company's ongoing 'Safe by Choice' programme has clearly made strides towards improving matters by encouraging members of staff to make safety a personal choice.
As part of the scheme ATS Euromaster car and van technicians will receive enhanced service, maintenance and repair training in partnership with the Institute of the Motor Industry.
This drive to improve safety has already achieved recognition, winning us bronze and silver Occupational Health and Safety from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) in 2010 and 2011. Sights are set firmly on gold in 2013.
We were also the first national tyre service provider to be accredited by both SAFEContractor and the Contractors Health and Safety Scheme (CHAS), demonstrating a continual commitment to improving levels of safety.
"Safety is more than a toolbox talk or policy manual for ATS Euromaster," says Ian Stuart, group managing director of ATS Euromaster. "It’s how we do business and it’s what makes us stand out within our industry."
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