Dr Will Murray

will_murray_photoDr Will Murray is Research Director at eDriving Fleet which provides research-led fleet risk management solutions.

Its virtual risk manager online tool is proven – with 1,000,000+ car, heavy and light commercial, bus, two wheeler and lift-truck riders, operators and drivers registered across 90+ countries. Organisations of all types and sizes are supported to build road safety into their operating DNA.

Will is also a Visiting Fellow at universities in the UK and Australia, as well as a long time Trustee of the road safety charity Brake. www.virtualriskmanager.net/research shares many of our papers.

During his 11+ years at eDriving Fleet, and in previous roles in academia and the insurance sector, Will has worked extensively with BT, who have seen significant and sustained collision and cost reductions.

Presentation: Managing young and inexperienced drivers in the workplace
As the baby boomer generation are slowly being phased out of the workforce, more and more young and inexperienced drivers are finding their way into the workforce

According to the European Agency for Safety and Health at work (EU-OSHA), across Europe, inexperience workers – typically 18 to 24-year-olds – are at least 50% more likely to be hurt at work than their more experience colleagues. Young, inexperienced, people are also more likely to suffer from an occupational illness.

New to the job and new to the workplace, young people often lack experience, and may not pay enough attention to the risks that they face due to:

• Lack of physical and psychological maturity.
• Lack of skills and training.
• Being unaware of their employer’s duties, and their own rights and responsibilities.
• Limited of confidence in speaking out if there’s a problem.

In response to this, British Telecommunications (BT) has identified that its young and inexperienced drivers, typically apprentice engineers, but also graduates, have a higher collision rate than its overall workforce.

This has led the company to put in place a detailed program focusing on recruitment, risk assessment, coaching, mentoring, OneToOnes and e-learning modules.

The paper will explore this program of work in detail in a discussion based interactive session.