If you’re in road freight you want your drivers out and about delivering loads safely on time.
Unfortunately the road freight industry has a relatively high rate of injuries, which is reflected in a relatively high levy rate. Each year ACC spends about $20 million to support approximately 4,500 injury claims that come from the road freight transport sector.
Read on for tips and facts that can help you keep your drivers safe and your business productive.
Injuries from crashes out on the road are less frequent but more costly. When a heavy vehicle is in a crash its weight means serious injuries are more likely. Fractures are the most common injuries in crashes involving heavy vehicles.
Road freight transport workers often face a wide variety of hazards. This is because one person might be at several sites during one day, with each site having a different set of hazards. Workers need training to be able to identify and manage hazards, whether at a busy port, a muddy farm, a down-town supermarket or on a rural road.
Road freight transport workers also have to deal with ‘environmental hazards’, which add to their risk of injury. These include:
Both management and staff need to take responsibility for reducing risk and injuries. In road freight transport this means everyone needs to make risk awareness and hazard management a priority at all the various sites where staff work.
Make safety a priority in your organisation and you’ll reduce injuries.
• Use the Fleet Safety website for information and tools that will support you to improve safety
• Improve your health and safety systems and apply for a levy discount. If you get involved in one of ACC’s workplace health and safety programmes ACC can reward you for safe workplace practices by discounting your levies. A number of different programmes exist to meet the needs of different business types. See How to pay less to find out more.
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Last updated: 7 July 2014
Last reviewed: 12 June 2014