AXA unveils forklift truck safety initiative02 July 2018

AXA Insurance has teamed up with CCTV and telematics firm VUE to launch a new safety initiative aimed at reducing forklift truck (FLT) accidents.

As part of the scheme, AXA and VUE are offering companies video and telematics technology that allows them to monitor FLTs and driver behaviour much more closely.

Two cameras are placed on the FLT, one forward facing camera and one driver facing camera placed at the top of the driver cab. The cameras are hooked up to an online system so incidents can be reviewed immediately.

Meanwhile, a black box records the speed, braking, location and other relevant data in order to rate the performance of FLT drivers. Like the camera footage, driver ratings can be viewed on an online dashboard.

The roll out of the technology follows a successful trial with a number of AXA customers who are seeing positive changes in driver behaviours and a reduction in accidents.

Douglas Barnett, head of mid-market and customer risk management at AXA Insurance, says: “Our work as an insurer goes much further than selling products and paying claims. Our aim is to make sure our policyholders minimise their risks and, more importantly, stay safe. FLT accidents can result in life changing injuries for employees and have a lasting impact on their families.

“Our partnership with VUE on FLT safety fits our ethos perfectly and we are encouraged that our pilot has already shown the impact proper monitoring can have on behaviour and on the number of accidents”.

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Adam Offord

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