Managing your Occupational Road Risk
- An estimated third of road traffic accidents in Britain involve someone at work, meaning on average in 2009, 14 people were killed each week and almost 160 seriously injured this way. The human and financial costs to families, businesses and the wider community are enormous.
- The Labour Force Survey estimates there are 70-100K non-fatal work-related road traffic accident (RTA) injuries each year, with around 30-40K of these causing more than 3 days absence. Currently, work-related RTAs are not reportable under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).
- Police personal injury road casualty data are used for a GB-wide database (STATS19), but this is considered unreliable for estimating work-related fatal RTAs and collection was revised in 2011. New data should be available for analysis in 2012.
- Many people drive as part of their work, either full or part time – though there is no official estimate of the numbers.
- Employers have clear duties under the Health and Safety at Work (etc) Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 to manage work-related health and safety risks, which includes the occupational road risks.
- The consequences of accidents to the self-employed and small businesses are likely to be proportionately greater than for larger businesses with more resource.
- The benefits of managing work-related road safety can be considerable, no matter what the size of your enterprise.