More thorough investigations and greater clarity around the number of collisions involving people who drive for work came a step closer last month after an MP said official figures are “likely to be an underestimate”. That’s the opinion of a road safety spokesman for Cardinus Risk Management.
The driver training company has spoken out following comments made in the House of Commons. Responding to a parliamentary question, Meg Munn, Labour MP for Sheffield Heeley referred to Department for Transport figures on work-related road deaths and injuries.
Referring to the fact that deaths and injuries resulting from such accidents are not counted as workplace deaths and injuries, she said that a “full picture” is not being provided. “We do not know enough about why and how people at work die on the road, or how many members of the public are killed by people who drive for a living,” Ms Munn said.
John Davidge, Head of Fleet Technical at Cardinus Risk Management, said, “Clearly there is an increasing desire for more thorough investigations into fatal or serious work-related collisions. Those businesses who do not have in place a fully structured programme for managing road safety at work are not only more likely to be involved, but are also more likely to be prosecuted if found wanting. More-enlightened employers have long-realised that actively encouraging safety and requiring higher standards from drivers leads to significant cost savings and a programme that pays for itself in many ways, and those business that do not understand the benefits and the advantages are missing out on opportunities.
“Cardinus Risk Management has been at the forefront of helping both large and small organisations to structure programmes to reduce road risks – both directly, and in conjunction with major UK insurers. If the investigation of collisions and any resulting deaths and injuries is approached in the same way as workplace incidents, employers must show that they have taken occupational road risk very seriously indeed.”
Cardinus Risk Management has been producing and supplying risk management services since 1995. Its customers include many of the world’s leading organisations, a large number of small and medium-sized organisations and central government departments.
The Cardinus approach to effective management of occupational road risk is to provide an end-to-end service incorporating software, auditing, consultancy and face-to-face training as required.
Cardinus Risk Management offers a wide range of products and services, from online ‘Safe Driving Plus’ risk assessment and e-learning, in-vehicle practical training through to providing fully outsourced occupational road risk management services.
For more information about Cardinus occupational road risk management solutions call 01733 426 015 or email email@example.com or visit Occupational Road Risk.