Road safety took the front seat in GAC’s Chairman’s Awards for HSSE Excellence 2018. For the first time in the six-year history of the Awards, the top prize was shared by two companies, both of whom have taken concrete steps to reduce the risk of traffic accidents.
From the 28 entries received, the initiatives introduced by GAC Dubai and GAC Saudi Arabia to reduce vehicle accidents stood out, earning them the joint top spot. Both companies received a trophy and USD 7,500 that will be donated to a charity of their choice.
GAC Dubai installed a Vehicle Monitoring System (VMS) in 74 of its vehicles. In Saudi Arabia, the GAC fleet was completely renewed and VMS installed, driver training given and monitoring and measurements introduced.
The third prize, in the form of a medal and USD 2,500 charity donation, went to GAC Bahrain for its programme to select and vet sub-contracted drivers through specially tailored HSSE training.
Strong messageThe founder of the awards, Group Executive Chairman Björn Engblom, says: “The importance of road safety cannot be overstated – especially for an organisation of GAC’s standing. By introducing these new measures, the winning companies send a strong message to the drivers of our trucks, vans, lorries and other vehicles, as well as the wider community, about how seriously we view such matters. That message is backed up by real, tangible measures which we are confident will boost our Group’s already impressive safety record.”
The awards also made special commendations to:
GAC Thoresen Logistics Limited, Thailand, for installing a distilled water generator for forklift batteries to control distilled water quality for less and reduce hazards associated with manual handling.
GAC Services (UK) Ltd for removing of single use plastic cups and using reusable water bottles throughout its operations in a bid to reduce plastic consumption.
PT. GAC Samudera Logistics, Indonesia, for its key management system to eliminate the risk of sudden vehicle movements of trucks while parked in the loading bay.
GAC Shipping (USA) Inc. for conducting gangway and portable stairway safety training for boarding agents to remind them how to address the risks when boarding a vessel.