8 Nov 2017

Seeing someone driving whilst squeezing water over their windscreen isn't thought of as vehicle failure, however...

Driving is risky enough without adding adverse weather or vehicle failure

With around 220 serious injuries and 20 deaths reported every week involving people at work on the road in the UK, the need to ensure vehicles are in good condition shouldn't be ignored. Pre-use safety inspections can't eliminate the threat of human error but are a vital part of any fleet management system.

As we enter the winter months, it seems almost inevitable that we will see someone driving one handed with their head out of the window trying to squeeze a bottle of water over their filthy windscreen. Scenarios like above are rarely thought of as vehicle failure, however vision being obscured due to lack of screen wash or faulty wipers can play a major role in an accident. Suddenly even the safest driver can be in a life-or-death situation.

In addition to devastating human loss, car crashes present a significant cost in lost wages, productivity, medical & administrative expenses and property damage.

Recent changes in legislation mean that employers failing to carry out their duty of care could lead to criminal prosecutions against them under the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2008 if an employee dies in a work-related road-traffic accident.

Given what’s on the line, asking employees to conduct pre-use checks before using vehicles for work is a smart and responsible policy to enforce. With our easy-to-use walk-through checklist it only takes a short time to ensure that a vehicle is safe to operate. Not only will it provide protection for the company and driver, but it also reinforces a strong safety awareness message at management level.

To find out more about our equipment inspection systems and how they can help to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with regulations please visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk

Spot potential problems early so you can deal with them before they develop into a costly or fatal accident.

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