On 7 September, Lafarge Malaysia Berhad signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS). The aim of the agreement is to increase road transport safety in the country and improve driver behaviour. Lafarge will share data collected from the GPS utilised by its 1500-strong fleet of trucks with MIROS. The two organisations will work together to carry out research and development work, including common health issues such as back pain, sleep apnoea and Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.
Lafarge is the only company in Malaysia to fully utilise a GPS system in its trucks, which transport cement and raw materials. As part of the company’s focus on health and safety, drivers who violate Lafarge’s road safety rules are provided with training and counselling to help them to improve their behaviour.
The MoU was signed by Bradley Mulroney, Lafarge President and CEO, and Professor Dr Wong Shaw Voon, MIROS Director-General, at Lafarge’s annual Drivers’ Safety Day. The event, which is now in its tenth year, recognises outstanding drivers and transporters.
“We embarked on our road safety journey 10 years ago with the commitment of making safety an integral part of the way we work. As a result, we recently celebrated 100 million kilometres without fatality and Lost Time Injury (LTI), a great achievement, especially considering that our fleet of trucks travel a collective distance equivalent to going round the globe three times, daily,” said Bradley Mulroney. “We are happy to share with MIROS our GPS utilisation and our experience. We hope that this will eventually lead to more companies adopting similar systems.”
“This is very exciting for us as we are able to conduct extensive research on HGV drivers, and at the same time, we can also learn from Lafarge's experience in this area,” added Professor Dr Wong.
Adapted from press release by Louise Fordham
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/asia-pacific-rim/19092014/lafarge-malaysia-and-miros-sign-mou-513/