Car Accidents At Work

We all know someone, a friend or family member, who has unfortunately suffered a road traffic accident at work. The Trades Union Congress has advised that road traffic accidents whilst at work are the single largest cause of fatal injuries suffered by workers.

The Department for Transportai??i??s road accident statistics are based mainly on the road collision reports completed by police officers who attend road accidents, however the police reports do not mention the reason for the journeys of the people involved in an accident. However, road safety research estimates that at least 25% of road accidents involve someone at work, and this does not include people travelling to and from the place where they work.

Road traffic accidents are often predictable and preventable and are not an inevitable part of a job.Ai?? However, a significant number of drivers choose to drive work vehicles in ways that put themselves and other road users at risk of suffering an accident.

We all know the driving behaviour that increases the risk of a road traffic accident, such as, excessive speed, failing to use your mirrors before commencing a manoeuvre, travelling too close to the vehicle in front, failing to give way at junctions and allowing yourself to be distracted by your phone.

The businesses and companies that employ drivers are legally responsible for the actions of their employees whilst they are driving during their working day.Ai??Consequently, for example, if a companyai??i??s sales executive in a company car negligently causes a road traffic accident then the company is liable to pay compensation to any people injured in the accident. It is therefore roaccutane in winnipeg. in the interest of the company to encourage safe driving by its employees.

Road safety research suggests that if a company or business has a genuine safety culture at work then its employees who do driving work will be influenced by the safety culture and be less likely to take risks whilst driving that may cause an accident. Driver attitudes have been identified by road safety research as an important cause of accidents and therefore the attitude of employees should be influenced by a business or companyai??i??s positive safety culture. If a driverai??i??s attitude and behaviour is to be shaped by the organization where they work then the organization itself must have a good management system and provide reasonable, well-planned work schedules for its drivers, for instance, to avoid excessive time pressure, that leads to stress and fatigue, some of the well-known causes of road accidents.

The road safety charity, Brake, that works to prevent road death and injury, is organizing its annualAi?? road safety week for 18th-24th November 2013, and its event packs for schools and organizations are available online: www.brake.org.uk