Do You Drive For Work Purposes? Some Winter Safety Tips For Your Employer
Employers have a duty of care to their staff in the prevention of accidents at work and in taking this seriously they can protect their safety, but what about when their employees are driving for work purposes?
Work accident compensation claims are all too frequent when the employer has no formal health and safety policy in place and auto accident claim experts, Accident Advice Helpline suggests that employers can go the extra mile by formulating a ‘winter driving policy’ for staff who regularly need to be out on the road for business purposes.
Simple measures such as carefully planning driving routes, controlling the number of hours the employee has to drive and offering overnight stays to reduce driver fatigue, will not only increase safety, but could also improve the employee’s work performance.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has produced a guide called ‘Driving For Work: Safer Journey Planner’ to help employers prevent accidents on the road. The guide states,
“Driving is the most dangerous work activity that most people do. It is estimated that around 150 people are killed or seriously injured every week in crashes involving someone who was driving, riding or otherwise using the road for work purposes. The majority of these tragedies can be prevented.”
By addressing this problem in a formal way, the number of accidents on the roads could decrease. A spokesperson from leading personal injury claim advice experts, Accident Advice Helpline suggested,
“It’s really a case of planning ahead and assessing the risks involved given specific driving conditions. For instance, if severe weather warnings involve flooding, having an alternative route in mind or assessing the requirement to make the journey in the first place, will help to prevent accidents.”
Taking the time to formulate such a plan would reap benefits for everyone involved and show employees that their safety is as important as getting more business.
For more in-depth advice and support, you can talk to auto accident claim experts Accident Advice Helpline, on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: January 28, 2013
Author: David Brown