To reduce the number of road incidents, a national training organisation urges employees to take more care behind the wheel when driving for any work related activity – whether in a company car or their own vehicle.
Health and safety at work applies equally to employees who are travelling offsite as it does to those based in the office environment, says the TTC Group, which educates 330,000 road users each year to reduce accidents.
As part of Health and Safety at Work day on April 28, TTC wants more people to recognise that more than 25 per cent of all road incidents involve individuals who are engaged in work related driving activity.
TTC Group director Tom Hughes said:
Business drivers thinking about a forthcoming meeting, delivery drivers starting their rounds, nurses attending home visits – all are at risk in the same fashion as someone working in heavy industry, construction or agriculture.
Last year 1,780 people died in road crashes and 21,920 were seriously injured on our roads. Thousands more were slightly hurt.
Many would have been driving for work so the message is that driving is potentially very dangerous and we all need to take a step back and consider if we are driving safely.
With more than 95 per cent of all road incidents being caused by human rather than vehicle related error, employers have not only a legal obligation but also a duty of care to manage the risk that their staff face on the road.
Business guru Lord Digby Jones is backing the TTC’s DriverProtect campaign to educate people who drive at work to cut road deaths and injuries among the workforce.
The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is an international campaign, backed by the UN, which began in 2003 to promote workplace health and safety.
TTC DriverProtect provides an end to end managed service to allow organisations to manage workplace road safety for employees. The service encapsulates policy management, licence checking, grey fleet administration, driver risk assessment, e-learning, and where appropriate, classroom and field based training.
For more information please click www.ttcmwrs-uk.com.