According to the Health & Safety Executive’s publication ‘Health & Safety in Haulage‘, almost 60 haulage and distribution employees sustained fatal injuries at work during the past five years. Five thousand haulage and distribution employees sustained non-fatal major injuries in the same period, with another 23,000 suffering work-related injuries keeping them off work in excess of three days.
Hazards for delivery drivers
Most accidents at work for delivery drivers happen during collections and deliveries. Main hazards for delivery drivers include:
- Being hit by moving vehicles
- Slips and trips
- Falls from vehicles
- Being hit by falling objects
- Falling from vehicles
- Vehicles overturning
- Manual handling
Other, less common hazards for delivery drivers include display screen equipment, vehicle, machinery and plant maintenance and workshop safety, not to mention the risk of road traffic accidents.
Problems with hazards for delivery drivers
The main problem in minimising the risk of work-related accidents for delivery drivers is that while they work for a single employer, their work typically takes them to varying premises that are out of their employer’s control. This does not, however, mean that no-one is responsible for the health and safety of delivery drivers. The legal duty of care towards delivery drivers does, in fact, lie with three separate key duty holders:
- Suppliers (senders) of goods
- Carriers (companies employing delivery drivers)
- Recipients (companies or persons receiving goods)
In order to successfully assess and minimise the risk of delivery driver accidents, these three duty holders must cooperate by exchanging information concerning the main hazards and coming to an agreement who is responsible for controlling varying risks of haulage and distribution accidents.
Breakdown of communication
Many work-related injuries in this industry are the result of a breakdown in communications between duty holders and subsequent potentially dangerous misunderstandings. Others are caused by one or more duty holders either unwittingly or wilfully neglecting their duty of care.
Delivery driver injuries
If you sustained an injury while working as a delivery driver because one or more of the key duty holders were in breach of their duty of care, you could be entitled to file a claim for work injury compensation against the responsible party. We at Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in establishing which duty holder is liable for your injury and provide you with no win no fee legal assistance. Just call our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 (landlines) or 0333 500 0993 (mobile phones) to get your work injury claim started.