Safety Alert - Work on the Road
In a recent 10 year period (2003 to 2012) vehicles were involved in two-thirds of worker fatalities, which included both traffic and non-traffic incidents (Safe Work Australia). This is an alarming number and it really places a significant emphasis on the need to do everything possible to protect employees travelling and working on our roadways. Ensuring that your vehicle fleet is being maintained adequately is a critical component to keeping employees safe on the roads. A comprehensive fleet policy is another important way to influence safe driving behaviors. Driver training can be one of the best ways to get started in preparing employees to encounter various hazards presented on the road. There are a number of specialized training areas that include topics such as defensive driving and extreme weather driving.
Do you have similar safety risks in your workplace?
- Does your organization have employees that drive to meet with customers?
- Do you provide delivery service or have employees that spend time in the field?
- Do you have company owned vehicles?
- Is it common for employees to perform work near roadways?
What action can you take to keep employees safe on the roads
- Determine the scenarios in which employees are exposed to hazards on the road.
- Identify ways to help protect these employees.
- Provide specific driver safety training to employees working and travelling in the field.
- Complete an annual review of the effectiveness of the fleet safety program.