NEW YORK, Nov. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly half of all construction industry fatalities involve a vehicle. To force a decline in such statistics, XL Group's North America Construction insurance business has added fleet safety training services provided in collaboration with Issaquah, Washington-based SWERVE Fleet Training.
According to Scott Merchant, head of XL Group's Construction Risk Engineering team, "Contractors face significant vehicle risks both on and off the jobsite. They work with vehicles of all sizes – dump trucks, tractor trailers, concrete mixers, tankers and others. If not operated safely, these vehicles are dangerous weapons instead of the useful tools they are meant to be."
XL Group's Construction Risk Engineers collaborate with SWERVE and its contractor clients to analyze and evaluate current driver performance. Using this information, SWERVE provides XL Group's clients with a tailored 360 degree training and instruction to correct driver habits that are resulting in accidents and other losses.
"Our goal is to help increase the safety record and reduce the collision rates for XL Group's clients," said Joe Giammona, CEO of SWERVE Fleet Training. "By reducing incidents, our hands-on training helps contractors protect their employees, the public and their bottom line."
"In addition to saving lives, a construction firm that pays close attention to fleet safety can reap many benefits," said Mr. Merchant. "For one, properly trained drivers lead to fewer injuries that can help manage workers compensation costs. Plus safer drivers help companies lower repair expenses and avoid vehicle downtime. We're pleased to give our contractor clients access to Swerve Fleet Training's expertise so that they take to the road with a safer fleet."
North America Construction business offers a customer-centric approach with a deep understanding of large contractors' insurance and complex risk management needs to develop solutions and growth through integrated risk.
About SWERVE Fleet Training
Unlike other fleet driver training companies, SWERVE Fleet Training's focus is on "learning by doing." SWERVE's research-based programs were designed by some of the world's top driver training experts and deliver a dynamic, comprehensive experience. The company helps drivers master the Big Three of safe driving: Traffic Skills, Vehicle Control Skills and Mental Skills. To learn more, visit swervefleet.com
About XL Group plc's Insurance Operations
XL Group plc's insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products globally. Businesses that are moving the world forward choose XL as their partner. To learn more, visit xlgroup.com/insurance
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