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What is Work-Related Road Risk?
At its simplest, it is the risk that one of your employees could be involved in a crash while driving for work purposes, with the potential of injury to the driver, passenger and other road users. It comes under Health and Safety at Work legislation and so you have a legal duty to manage it properly, ensuring that your work practices don’t unwittingly endanger your drivers and when they are behind the wheel, your employees don’t endanger other people. In the event of a serious crash, your business and its staff could be investigated to make sure that any risks were identified and minimised as far as possible. Around 1,750 people are killed on the roads each year and up to a third of these are thought to involve someone driving for work. Compare that to the 142 “occupational fatalities” reported to the HSE in 2014/15 and it is clear there is a greater occupational risk of death or injury while driving than for any other single workplace activity.