Cyclists and Pedestrians - Employer Responsibilities

A report from road safety charity, Brake and the Licence Bureau suggests that most companies with staff who drive for work do not provide sufficient training to ensure they drive safely around pedestrians and cyclists.

Ten people are killed and 157 seriously injured every week while cycling or walking. Of those almost a quarter are hit by a company vehicle.

The survey of 228 companies found that 54% did not provide extra training on protecting cyclists and pedestrians, while 89% did not plan their routes to avoid schools and residential areas.

When it comes to general road traffic incidents the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimates that up to a third of all road traffic accidents involve somebody who is at work at the time. This may account for over 20 fatalities and 250 serious injuries per week in the UK (Figures from Driving at work: Managing work-related road safety).

The HSE have made it clear that employers have duties under health and safety legislation to manage the risks faced by their workers on the road. Employers should be taking action to assess this particular risk and to put in place processes to manage it. This will inevitably include adequate training of drivers.

There will always be risks associated with driving. Although these cannot be completely controlled, an employer has a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to manage these risks and do everything reasonably practicable to protect people from harm in the same way as they would in the workplace

Click here for the full article, including practical considerations for employers, courtesy of the HSE...