School Bus Fleet

August 2014

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18 S C H O O L B U S F L E E T • A U G U S T 2 0 1 4 I n the unfortunate event of an accident, no one wants to be caught unprepared. There are the po- lice reports and insurance reports to deal with as well as working with the driver involved on train- ing or retraining, or revising policies. Some districts ensure they are prepared for such incidents by establishing post-accident procedures committees or teams. These groups typically take pictures of the scene, analyze the data that were gathered after the incident — the police report, pho- tographs, interviews and insurance reports — and the routes, if applicable. Then, they consider alter- native routes or examine driver practices and create a plan to prevent future similar incidents. That plan often includes looking for a train- ing gap in the organization that can be addressed through retraining or revising a policy. Alternately, if the problem was related to driver performance, they will identify the training topic or policy that he or she missed and retrain them, or reevaluate a best practice. Communicating to the driver in- volved how the accident could have been prevent- ed and using the details of the incident to train all drivers are key. Proactive measures essential A post-accident committee or team must be es- tablished before it is needed, says Michael Post-accident Procedures Committees Key in Prevention Post-accident procedure committees and team members typically take pictures of the scene, review related reports and create a plan to prevent future similar incidents. Whether using a committee or more informal arrangement, selecting the right members, having procedures in place in advance for determining preventable measures and driver retraining are crucial. BY NICOLE SCHLOSSER, MANAGING EDITOR

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