By Isaac Mwangi | Tuesday Oct 16, 2018
A recent study showed an increasing trend of accidents across food and beverage organizations in Kenya over a period of five years between 2011 to 2015.
The study conducted by Millicent Gikunju with support from the teaching staff from the Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology focused on five organizations namely Nairobi Bottlers Limited, East African Breweries Limited, Kenya Wine Agencies Limited, New KCC Limited and Brookside Dairy Limited with an exposed target population of 600 consisting of drivers, turn boys, forklift operators and the management.
The report cites driver fatigue, high speed and aggressive driving behavior such as overlapping, tailgating, cutting off other drivers among others as the three main causes of accidents. Other causes included driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, defective roads and defective vehicles. Use of mobile phones while driving was also noted as a cause of distraction to the drivers leading to accidents. The report also noted that in some of the organizations, the drivers worked long hours owing to the lack of clear guidelines or poor enforcement on the working hours for drivers in the Fleet Safety policies.
The researchers also noted that there’s need to review the drivers’ training plans to include real issues coupled with other safety programs to ensure an effective fleet safety management which is currently lacking.
Statistics released by the National Transport and Safety Authority show that the number of people who died on Kenyan roads as a result of crashes this year had surpassed those that died last year. According to the latest survey results, by October 8, 2018 2,345 people had lost their lives compared to 2,162 who succumbed to their injuries in 2017. Pedestrians still account for the most vulnerable group with 905 of them having died. 42 pedal cyclists have lost their lives making them the list vulnerable group of road users.