Haulage accidents costing UK millions

Fatal injuries and accidents in Britain's road haulage and warehousing sector have cost the economy between £117m and £145m over the last five years, resulting in 20 deaths and more than 100,000 accidents

The startling figures were revealed today (15 January) at an event held in Durham by the Health and Safety Executive to raise awareness of the problem among drivers and supervisors of haulage firms. The HSE hopes to reduce this type of accident through its 'Moving Goods Safely' initiative, which aims to increase safety in and around depots.

HM Inspector of Health and Safety David Cole told delegates that the steady increase in the number of accidents in recent years needs to be stopped. "By far the biggest cause of accidents is falls from vehicles," he said. "That alone results in up to five fatalities a year and up to 800 major injuries and 1,200 injuries requiring people to take more than three days off work."

Geoff Dossetter, external affairs director for the Freight Transport Association, said that the reaction from industry had been "very positive", and that his members recognise the operational and financial benefits of effective safety regimes as well as the obvious advantages to workers' health.

"FTA will continue to work closely with the HSE in order to promote and advance safe working conditions," said Dossetter.

Image: Haulage-related accidents are on the increase

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