The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is calling for action to be taken to tackle the dangers faced by HGV drivers and other transport workers.
To assist, IOSH is hosting a safety event later next month (Wednesday 3 June) to highlight the various hazards faced by workers in the transportation sector.
Dangers including those related visibility (for drivers and pedestrians), loading docks and coupling/uncoupling techniques will be brought to the attention on those who attend IOSH's event, which also provide tips for improving safety in the transportation sector by demonstrating numerous examples of successful working practices.
IOSH will also use the event to showcase different technologies, which can improve safety for those working in transportation.
The event will also showcase examples of successful working practices and examples of the type of technology that can also assist in improving safety in the transportation sector.
Speaking on the matter, John Boyle, who is the Chair IOSH's Food and Drink Group, stated:
"With more and more materials being moved by fleets and distribution centres, transport, vehicles and driving is at the moment for many businesses at the top of the risk reduction agenda.
"By staging this event we want fleet owners and managers to experience just how difficult driving these vehicles can be, and to also provide them with practical and valuable knowledge to take back and implement in their workplaces."
Also commenting, Abigail Miller, of IOSH's Retail and Distribution Group, stated:
"There are lots of good practices that transportation companies are employing in order to keep their employees, visitors and the public safe. We want to show some of the latest techniques, processes and systems that are having a positive impact and also how technology can play a part too.
"We want the event to raise awareness of the difficulties that drivers do have and how hard their job actually is. Fleet managers may not know what it is like at the coalface but they are often the ones making the decisions as to how that role functions."
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