Keep death off the roads

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Keep death off the roadsOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Employers who fail to safeguard staff against road accidents while at workface legal actionBetween 800 and 1,000 deaths occur each year in road accidents linked towork, according to the Government’s Work-related Road Safety Task Group. The group, set up last year to advise ministers on how best to reduce thenumber of road incidents involving people at work, recommends that the HSE publishesclear guidance for employers on reducing incidents. This should cover the employer’s duty to manage employees’ safety while atwork on the road, as company car or van drivers, passengers, motor cyclists orat-work pedestrians. Police and other road safety bodies need to work more closely together, itadded. This could mean investigating whether accidents are caused by employerssetting unrealistic schedules or requiring drivers to drive while tired orwhile using mobile phones. Richard Dykes, the task group chairman, said that employers need to do moreto assess and take action to reduce risks. Where they fail to do so,appropriate action should be taken against them. “We want to change the current situation so that those driving onbusiness or working on or beside roads have the same health and safetyprotection as people working in fixed premises,” he said. Roger Bibbings, occupational safety adviser at the Royal Society for thePrevention of Accidents, welcomed the report. “Employers already managinghealth and safety well will have nothing to fear. Employers who choose toignore road safety will be on notice to change their ways or they could end upin court,” he said. TUC general secretary John Monks said the on-the-road death rate was nearlythree times the number of workers killed in the workplace. “Along with12,000 serious injuries and 70,000 slight injuries, this adds up to a cost of£3.7bn to society and £2.7bn to employers. As well as protecting workers,reducing this toll will benefit business.” Transport minister David Jamieson said the Government would consider thegroup’s recommendations. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img

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