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TRL launches fleet-focused accident investigation course

Date: 04 November 2015   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

TRL, the Transport Research Laboratory, has launched a vehicle accident investigation course aimed at fleet bosses and health and safety managers.

The two-day course is designed to equip fleet managers with the skills and knowledge to address issues resulting from incidents involving company vehicles and staff.

TRL said the course will help participants to learn how to analyse physical evidence and come up with conclusions about the circumstances of an accident, with topics including health and safety considerations, injury causation, vehicle examination, reconstruction methods and report writing.

Upon completion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Capture potentially critical short lived evidence from incident scenes
  • Investigate, understand and take corrective actions following an accident
  • Support the staff disciplinary process with evidence if necessary
  • Establish the company's legal position following an accident
  • Base future vehicle safety policies, investment and actions on facts

"The course is not about teaching fleet managers how to manage their fleet effectively," said Helen Cotton, safety and technology group manager at TRL.

"It's about arming them with the skills needed to investigate and gather facts from accidents. This not only helps to facilitate decision making and corrective actions, but can inform an organisation's legal position and help reduce insurance costs," she added.