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Is work road safety an employer’s responsibility?

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BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety

The number of people killed on British roads while they were at work dropped slightly last year according to the latest figures published by the Department for Transport. Of the 1,792 killed in fatal accidents in 2016, 529 (29.5%) were at work at the time.

In addition 2,132 of the 24,101 people seriously injured in road collisions in 2016 were driving to or from work. This is 255 more than during the previous year and the highest level for five years.

Serious injuries sustained by at-work drivers also increased, by 11% to 1,305 compared with 2015. This is the highest number recorded since 2011, when 1,384 such motorists were badly hurt in accidents.

Employers should have a clear advice procedure and consider the risk to employees, perhaps requiring additional training and awareness, just like any other work activity to ensure safety compliance. Speak to LAW should you require any assistance. 

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