OHS and Chain of Responsibility have become an everyday part of the transport business. However, getting everybody home safely has mostly focussed on general workplace safety or heavy vehicle drivers. When it comes to driving light vehicles for work, it seems we’re ‘missing a trick’ that could increase safety and productivity at the same time.
The economic consequences of motor vehicle crashes globally are estimated at more than $500 billion each year. In Australia, work-related traffic crashes are the number one cause of workplace death, accounting for 33 per cent of all work-related fatalities. And with one third of road users being work-related drivers, there is a great opportunity to improve workplace road safety.
Government and industry efforts to improve workplace road safety have mainly focussed on heavy vehicle drivers, through things like Chain of Responsibility, and occupational health and safety legislation.
When it comes to light vehicle drivers, there is little regulatory or industry focus on improving workplace road safety, meaning regulators are missing an opportunity to improve safety for a large percentage of the driving population and business owners are missing out on productivity and efficiency gains while improving safety