• Lafarge to share with MIROS data from its Global Positioning System (GPS) utilisation and collaborate on research and development
7 September 2014, Kuala Lumpur: Lafarge Malaysia Berhad ("Lafarge") and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today. Under this MOU, Lafarge will share with MIROS data from its GPS utilisation in its trucks and collaborate on research and development to improve road transport safety in the country.
The MoU which was, signed by Lafarge President and CEO, Bradley Mulroney and MIROS Director-General, Professor Dr. Wong Shaw Voon, will see the two organisations working together, with the objective of improving road safety and driver behaviour on the road.
Lafarge is the first and only company in Malaysia to fully utilise a GPS system in its trucks carrying cement and raw materials. Through this system, Lafarge is able to track driver behaviour on the road, in particular speeding, continuous driving without breaks, harsh braking and late night driving. This GPS system is part of Lafarge's overall transportation management system which looks into the management of the vehicle, driver, load, contractor and journey.
Bradley Mulroney said, "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."
"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," he added.
With this MoU, MIROS will have the opportunity to use the data collected from Lafarge's fleet of 1,500 trucks to conduct research on Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers, especially on common health issues such as back pain, sleep apnoea and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The findings of this research can then be used to come up with solutions to help improve road transport safety.
Professor Dr. Wong commented, "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."
Through its GPS system, Lafarge is able to track its drivers' behaviour. Drivers who are found to violate Lafarge's road safety rules are required to undergo training and counselling to encourage change in driver behaviour. This is part of Lafarge's greater commitment towards Health & Safety.
"At Lafarge, Health and Safety is our top priority as we believe that it is the right of every personnel involved in Lafarge operations, be it employees, contractors or drivers, to safely return home every day," said Mulroney.
The MoU was signed at the Lafarge Drivers' Safety Day, an annual event organised for the company's transporters and transporters' drivers. The Drivers' Safety Day was first initiated in 2004, to recognise and reward outstanding drivers and transporters who consistently deliver Lafarge's products to customers across Peninsular Malaysia in a safe manner. 2014 marks the 10th year of this event to raise awareness on Health and Safety and to celebrate this milestone, Lafarge held its largest automotive and logistics exhibition to-date, in collaboration with Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) to showcase and raise awareness on logistics safety to the public.
The MAI-Lafarge Automotive & Logistics Safety Exhibition 2014 which was held from 5 - 7 September 2014 at MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Center showcased over 30 exhibitors comprising International and Local companies including suppliers of trucks, tyres, lubricants and safety equipment.