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Occupational road risk appeal to employers from Rospa

Rospa has called on employers to consider how they could make a positive difference to the safety of their employees who drive for work, as part of its first-ever Family Safety Week.

It is estimated that up to a third of road accidents involve someone who is using the road for work purposes. In 2012, this means that up to 7,679 people across Great Britain could have been killed or seriously injured because of an at-work road accident.

With Family Safety Week covering all ages and stages of life, RoSPA is encouraging employers to think about the impact that work-related road accidents can have, not just on the drivers and those on the road around them, and on the business, but also on the wider wellbeing of the families involved.

It is also calling on drivers themselves, regardless of why they get behind the wheel for their job, to consider the issue.

Kevin Clinton, Rospa's head of road safety, said: "Managing occupational road risk is all about having a good system in place. But it doesn't have to be a tedious, tick-box exercise - employers can make a real difference to the safety of their employees who drive for work by addressing this issue through risk assessment, training and other actions like journey planning, schedule setting, vehicle choice and maintenance and learning from accidents, should any occur."

Rospa is urging employers and individual drivers to make a pledge to mark Family Safety Week - "This Family Safety Week, I pledge to find out what I can do to keep myself, or my employees, safer while driving for work."

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