This week is Road Safety Week

Tuesday, 01 May, 2018

This week is Road Safety Week

This week (30 April–6 May) is Road Safety Week (RSW), and Safe Work Australia (SWA) wants businesses to focus on ensuring a safe working environment for all employees — especially those on the road.

According to SWA, workers compensation claims caused by work-related vehicle incidents generally lead to more time off work when compared to most other workplace claims. Alarmingly, vehicle crashes account for approximately 38% of all worker fatalities.

Showing support for RSW can help business owners fulfil responsibility for staff safety, reduce crashes involving company drivers and vehicles, and contribute to safer roads. It’s also a useful springboard to launch a year-round road safety program and reinforce a safe driving culture among employees.

While it’s probably a little late to get on board for this year’s event, road safety should be a constant priority for any employer or manager with people on the move. RSW is a global initiative and the website has a ton of useful information for businesses, including how to develop road risk policy, communicate this effectively to staff and ensure its being followed.

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