Speaking during the second training in Mzuzu, PIL Quality Health, Safety, Security & Environmental Manager Constance Msungeni said the purpose of the safety training is to equip drivers on how they can prevent accidents and take care of their lives as they discharge their duties.
“When trucks are involved in accidents, it affects lives of the drivers and surrounding people on the accident area, the product is lost, the public is at risk and the environment is destroyed due to such accidents. In mitigation to all this, PIL in collaboration with IHB are conducting such awareness trainings in all the three regions of the country,” said Msungeni.
During the Mzuzu training which attracted over 40 truck drivers, the participants were trained on fuel, a dangerous product which they carry, labels and chemical regulations among others.
“Drivers’ errors contribute up to 75% of all tanker accidents, so these trainings are aimed at equipping them with necessary skills to prepare in advance for the trip i.e. check tyres, oil, brake pads and to avoid over speeding and adhere to the “no drinking and driving” rule. Drivers must always be alert as to what is happening on the road,” he said.
He urged drivers to follow the safety measures and to take care of their lives as they bring products for the country.
In his remarks, IHB Representative, Allan Kamphale underscored the importance of equipping drivers on how to prevent accidents on the road.
“Through this training, our drivers continue to spread the safety and quality messages to fellow drivers even to their communities. As a company, we are very ready to impart knowledge on drivers in Lilongwe as the final training of 2018,” he said.
One of participants George Moyo thanked PIL for conducting the training saying it will go a long way in reducing accidents.
“The training is very helpful as it equips us on how to prevent accidents on our roads and maintain safety for ourselves,” said Moyo.
The first safety training was conducted in Blantyre and over 100 drivers attended.