In India, over 1.4 million accidents are reported every year – that amounts to almost 4000 accidents each day!
What is more shocking is the fact that approximately 300 lives are lost as a result each day.
At Monsanto, safety is a part of our DNA – a fact that is emphasised amongst our communities, customers and our employees. For the past 10 years, Monsanto’s ‘Vehicle Safety Program’ has strived to become a world-class initiative and an inspiration for other organisations and groups. There is a dedicated India Vehicle Safety Team (IVST) at Monsanto that comprises of leaders from varied functions, who drive this program.
In a brief interaction about our vehicle safety program, Nitin Shah, Sales Enablement Lead (South Asia) tells us about how small steps in the right direction can save many lives.
What is the cause of so many accidents in the country?
This is due to multiple reasons like poor road engineering, lack of discipline among heavy vehicle drivers and so on. Most vehicles on the roads, two wheelers, four wheelers, as well as pedestrians don’t follow correct safety norms. A casual approach to road safety and ignorance can also lead to loss of lives.
What are the measures that we at Monsanto are taking to bring down the numbers (of accidents/ mishaps)?
Safety has always been at the core of our business at Monsanto. Our “Vehicle Safety Program” is dedicated to this cause. Through our sustained efforts, we have achieved more than 85% reduction in collision per million miles – a key indicator in the field of vehicular safety.
How did we manage to accomplish this?
The India Vehicle Safety Team is continually increasing the intensity and the focus on vehicle safety. This is coupled with a strong policy and timely training sessions. The core team appoints a motivated Driving Safety Champion who takes up this voluntary role to report near misses and suggestions for safety measures for the future.
How do we guarantee discipline among employees?
Driving discipline among employees is one of the most important aspects to track the progress of this program.
We employ In-Vehicle Technology that records data to track the behaviour of employees for parameters like distance travelled, speed limit, etc.
Safety for employees is obligatory. What are we doing to help spread awareness beyond Monsanto India?
Monsanto has not limited the program to its employees and contractors only. In India, we implement a formal “Off-the-Job Safety” program which has benefitted almost 1.5 million people in the past 4 years.
With the support of our colleagues, we are successfully driving this vehicle safety program to ensure protocols are adhered to, always everywhere.