Ambuja Cement has introduced a Group Personal Accident Insurance (GPA) policy for truck drivers. This move makes the company the first cement company in the industry to offer this, reinforcing its commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the stakeholders involved in its operations.
The GPA policy was designed with consideration for the job nature of truck drivers, who are exposed to high risk in countless hours of highway road journeys. Issued by a reputed leading insurance company, the policy has been effective for the past few months, covering nearly 12 000 drivers in case of accidental death or permanent total or partial disability. These drivers are third-party employees.
The policy also covers risk at every stage of operations, on a 24/7 basis. It considers the floating nature of men behind the wheels.
This insurance policy is part of the company’s holistic health and safety programme, which includes driver management centres at all units, defensive driver induction, refresher training, counselling, daily toolbox talk, random vehicle check and journey risk management, and the installation of an in-vehicle monitoring system in vehicles to monitor the activity of drivers. These are initiatives geared towards the continuous improvement in the skills and behaviours of drivers.
“Truck drivers play a key role in our logistical operations pan-India and ensuring their wellbeing is a paramount priority for us,” said Ajay Kapur, Managing Director and CEO of Ambuja Cement. “Road safety has been a big challenge as we have little control beyond our plants’ premises. Introduction of the GPA insurance policy for the truck drivers – who operate for around the clock dispatches – is another step to exhibit how much we value them and their work. This also marks an initiative in further improving health and safety measures in our operations.
“Guided by our ‘zero harm’ goal, we are making every possible effort to ensure the truck drivers’ safety. I urge the cement and transport industries to work collaboratively to address the complex issue of road safety.”
Ambuja Cement is part of the LafargeHolcim Group and is one of the leading cement companies in India.
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