Towergate Insurance Brokers is delighted to be the first insurance provider to become a Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) Champion. Larry Smith, Divisional Managing Director, says:
“We’ve taken this step to demonstrate our commitment to supporting the CLOCS Work-Related Road Risk (WRRR) standard and its purpose via our risk-management activities.”
“CLOCS is a superb initiative which we believe will reduce the volume of injuries to cyclists and other vulnerable road users. We’ve been working closely with TFL and have taken this step to demonstrate our commitment to risk-management activities. Although CLOCS is sponsored by Transport for London, the benefits to operators will apply across the UK and we will be encouraging all of our fleet clients to sign up.”
Between 2008 and 2012, 53 per cent of cyclist fatalities in London involved a heavy goods vehicle. A disproportionate number of these were construction vehicles. In 2012 Transport for London commissioned an independent review of the construction sector’s transport activities to understand the causes of these collisions and how they might be prevented. The resulting report, ‘Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety', was published in February 2013 by the Transport Research Laboratory. The report found that:
Blind spots on construction vehicles could be larger than general haulage vehicles
Road safety was not considered in the same way as health and safety on-site
There was little understanding of the impact of construction activity on road safety
There was no common standard for the industry to work to in order to manage work related road safety
In response, the construction logistics industry demonstrated its commitment to change and identified actions under three work streams to improve road safety. CLOCS brings together the construction logistics industry to revolutionise the management of work related road risk and embed a road safety culture across the industry as the UK's population and economy grows. CLOCS has been developed to complement other existing schemes such as FORS (The Fleet Operators Recognition Scheme). Towergate encourage clients to achieve FORS bronze, silver and gold status.
For further information on how to become a CLOCS champion, visit the CLOCS website or contact Jo Grosvenor on 01952 298897.