Driving For Work

Driving For Work

Summary:

  • It is well established that driving for work is a common activity and is one of the most dangerous things an employee can do at work (Helman et al., 2014).

  • Driving for work is not only dangerous for the driver but also other road users. Police collision data from 2016 shows that 5,936 people were killed or seriously injured in a road traffic collision involving someone driving for work RRCGB, DfT, 2017).

  • People driving for work (company cars, vans, LGVs, and HGVs) tend to have a higher blameworthiness in collisions than other parties involved. Speeding, observational failures, and fatigued have been identified as key collision contributory factors for this group of drivers (DfT, 2005).

  • The risks of driving for work go beyond the risks associated with increased exposure. TRL found that when drivers’ mileages were controlled for, people who drive for work have around 50% more collisions than those who do not (Lynn & Lockwood, 1998). Three key risk factors associated with all types of work-related driving have been identified as fatigue, time pressure and distraction (Broughton, Baughan, Pearce, & Buckle, 2003).

  • Employers have a legal duty to have a Driving for Work policy for their employees and there is a strong business case for managing employees who drive for work. Businesses which do so tend to see a substantial reduction in risk and hence save on cost (Lancaster & Ward, 2002). However, in general work-related road safety management appears to lag behind general health and safety management (Helman, Buttress, & Hutchins, 2012; Helman et al., 2014).

  • There is currently no national standard for work-related road safety management but many government and private organisation offer best practice guidance and advice such as Preventing Road Accidents and Injuries for the Safety of Employees (PRAISE), Driving for Better Business, and Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

  • Interventions exist that aim to improve work-related road safety and include areas such as training, group discussions, publicity campaigns, and vehicle data recorders. However, a review conducted by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) for Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) found that there is little scientific evidence to support these interventions (Grayson & Helman, 2011).

  • Date Added: 03 Apr 2012, 08:08 AM
  • Last Update: 11 Dec 2017, 04:49 PM