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Does your company need driver training?

November 19, 2012

In 2011 a total of 203,950 people were killed or injured in road traffic crashes.  Of those 25,023 were killed or seriously injured with a total of 1,901 actually losing their lives.  It is agreed that around a third of these casualties involve someone driving for work.

Over the same period there were provisionally 591,000 injuries reported in the construction industry of which 24,000 were major and 173 fatalities, so statistically, driving for work is almost as hazardous as working in that industry.  The Health and Safety Executive now regards driving as one of the most hazardous regular activities that most people undertake.

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, ‘organisations have a responsibility to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to all their staff, and a responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of everyone affected by the organisation’.  This is further endorsed under the

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, which also place a duty on organisations to provide appropriate training to staff.  This  not only includes those who regularly drive for the work but also those infrequent drivers such as admin staff.

Besides the above legal requirements there are many other benefits to training, not only to your organisation but also to drivers and passengers. Properly trained drivers will drive vehicles in a much more sympathetic and appropriate manner, therefore helping to reduce overall maintenance and fuel costs. There will have fewer collisions and ‘shunts and bumps’, resulting in lower insurance premiums and less “down-time” of vehicles. The skills they learn during training will also be transferred to their own vehicles, with a reduction in their personal running costs.  Another more significant benefit of all is to passengers, who will be transported in a safe and comfortable manner.

The total value of prevention of reported road traffic collisions in 2011 was £15.6 billion

Accident/Casualty type              Cost per Casualty  Cost per accident

Fatal                                                     £1,686,532             £1,877,583

Serious injury                                           £189,519                £216,203

Slight injury                                                £14,611                  £23,136

Damage only                                                                              £2,027

Source; Department for Transport

There is therefore a clear, legal, obligation to ensure your drivers are trained.

For more information contact:  01745 828180

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