Posted: May 2015
Squibb Group has become a major global force across the demolition and dismantling sectors. With a large fleet of vehicles, each costing around £90,000, Transport Manager, Danny Nolan, needed to find ways to protect his investment. He explains: ‘Insurance premiums are ridiculously high and we wanted to find a way to reduce accident claims’. Brigade’s mobile digital recorder was fitted to the vehicle of Squibb’s most careful driver who had never had an accident through fault or non-fault. It was presumed there would be few incidents recorded. However, for the first time in his career at Squibb, the driver had a collision. He was adamant that he was not at fault but wasn’t entirely sure how it had happened.
‘I saw the car come around the roundabout. It was in the left hand lane to the services whilst I was in the middle lane to go straight on. I heard a clonk on the nearside. It all happened very quickly. I got out and the driver asked me what had happened. I explained she had driven into me and she disputed it. I explained that it didn’t really matter because the vehicle’s cameras would have recorded the entire event. I don’t think she believed me.’
The lorry had a damaged step and the car was significantly damaged on the front door and back quarter. The footage was reviewed back at head office, which clearly showed the car driver was at fault. Danny Nolan said, ‘It is encouraging to know that Brigade’s MDR is helping to protect us. I sent the footage straight to our insurers. In the best case scenario, even with a witness, this type of accident would normally be deemed as knock for knock, costing a total of £5000, without considering legal costs. The MDR has already paid for itself’.