DEATHS and injuries on the road remain one of the most serious work related safety issues, new research shows.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) commissioned the TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) and the Centre for Transport Studies at University College London to assess the progress that employers have made in reducing the risks.

Their report acknowledges that serious attempts to curb the number of incidents did not begin until the 1990s and while progress had been made, the risks to road users were not as widely-publicised as in other areas of the workplace.

This is in spite of the fact that health and safety officials regard driving as one of the “riskiest activities” for workers.

Since 2006, 4726 people have been killed and more than 40,000 more have suffered serious injuries in incidents involving an at-work driver or rider (not including commuters).

Kevin Clinton, RoSPA’s head of road safety, said that up to a third of road accidents involved someone who was travelling for work-related purposes.

He said the charity would be working in partnership with other organisations to produce an action plan in the autumn to help companies tackle the problem. Guidance would also be drawn up to issue to companies.

Dr Shaun Helman, TRL’s head of transport psychology, added: “Although some businesses are switched on to the issue, most of the time injuries sustained on the road are not afforded the same priority as injuries sustained on work premises and sites. This needs to change.”

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