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People, Fleet Vehicles and Safety what combination did you cover at work

A lot of companies will tell you loud and clear that when it comes to fleet operations DRIVING is the greatest risk to the employee and the company.   This conversation is not singular in nature but is stated all around the globe. Each day in just the  United States alone, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes. And in North America, road danger is a man-made crisis, with human error accounting for over 90 percent of accidents. “Road danger is not just statistics, it causes a great deal of suffering for the people who have lost a loved one or who are handicapped. Road danger has a big impact in our lives,”

Well pending your accident to driver mileage km/miles ratio, you could be partly right but it also covers motor vehicle incidents  and accidents, plus tickets to the fleet or to drivers for not following the law. $3 trillion (USD) is the cost of road crashes every year.

Speeding is the main cause of road traffic collisions, deaths and serious injury. Loss of control of the driving task, and thus potentially of the vehicle, arises when the demands of the driving task exceed the available capability of the driver. As speed increases the task demand rises and the driver’s capability is reduced . Employers have a clear responsibility to reduce incentives to speeding and to raise understanding of the serious consequences it can have.

And for sure FATIGUE MANAGEMENT comes sliding in behind speed for over tired drivers due to job demands, delays and client requests.

Distracted driving comes in a crashing third

There are three main types of distraction:

  • Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
  • Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving

SO states the United Nations, – 1.3 million road deaths occur every year

– More than 50 million people are seriously injured every year

– There are 3,500 deaths a day or 150 every hour, and nearly three people get killed on the road every minute


But what about the OTHERS like;

The most common types of Work Related Vehicle incidents are:

  • People being hit by moving vehicles
  • People falling from vehicles including STFs
  • People injured by objects falling from vehicles
  • People injured by vehicles overturning
  • People being injured during vehicle maintenance

Most fatal Work Related Vehicle incidents occur during the following activities:

  • Reversing
  • Slow speed manoeuvres
  • Maintenance and repair
  • Loading and unloading
  • Coupling and uncoupling
  • Deliveries and collections

Plus don’t forget unsecure load risks

Apart from the human cost, think about the impact of failing to safely secure loads may have on your business.

  • Drivers, vehicle occupants, other road users, pedestrians and anyone who may be involved in loading and unloading the vehicle could be injured or killed
  • Unsecured loads or objects may fall from vehicles and can cause road obstructions, traffic disruptions and collisions especially if drivers swerve to avoid fallen items
  • Certain vehicle spillages may cause other vehicles to skid and lose control
  • Unrestrained goods may crash into the vehicle  cab during emergency braking
  • Loads which have shifted, may have to be manually removed from the vehicle which may increase the risk of an injury or a fall from the vehicle
  • Items falling out of vehicles at delivery sites causing injury and/or property damage
  • Unstable loads collapsing during transit or unloading resulting in damage to goods
  • Failure to secure a load properly can also result  in financial losses from:
    • Damaged goods, vehicles, property and roads
    • Worker absence through injury
    • Clean-up costs
    • Damage to company reputation
    • Increased insurance premiums
    • Result in loss of control of the vehicle
    • May cause the vehicle to overturn

No Excuse for Unsafe Loads

Unsafe loads cause accidents in the workplace and on the road.

Every year loading, unloading and load shift accidents injure hundreds of people and cost businesses millions in damaged goods, damaged vehicles and lost work time.

Where do vehicle STFs happen?

HSA analysis shows that the areas most associated with vehicle STFs are: • entering and exiting vehicles, particularly HGVs and vans, • load platforms and load area of trucks and vans, • trailer platforms, • 5th wheel area of HGVs, • vehicle steps and ladders, • vehicle tail lifts, • road tanker platforms, and • uneven ground and damaged surfaces where vehicles are parked.

Most vehicle STFs are caused by: • unsafe methods of exiting or entering vehicles and load platforms; • unsuitable, damaged or missing steps to access vehicle areas; • poor housekeeping leading to material lying around that is a trip hazard; • using footwear that does not protect against injury or provide slip-resistance; • poor vehicle and platform design and materials, in particular unsuitable steps, ladders and walk-on vehicle surfaces.

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