Leaflet to help road haulage & distribution SMEs improve health and safety

March 2004
Management Services;Mar2004, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p4
Academic Journal
This article reports on the guidance leaflet published by the British Health and Safety Executive to help small and medium-sized road haulage and distribution businesses tackle health and safety issues. Produced in partnership with local authorities, professional bodies, employer and employee representatives, the 11-page leaflet is designed to alert bosses and workers to the main causes of injury and ill-health at work and to assist them in recognising the activities most likely to lead to harm. Many incidents can be prevented by simply examining what actually goes on in the business, removing and controlling hazards as far as possible and taking the necessary managerial and supervisory steps to make sure what is supposed to happen does happen. The leaflet sets out four major causes of fatalities in the road haulage and distribution industry. These are being struck by a moving vehicle, falling loads, falls from vehicles and collapsing or overturning vehicles. Similarly, more than seven out of ten major injuries are caused by four types of incident: slips and trips, being struck by moving or falling objects, falls from less than two metres and manual handling. The leaflet also poses some questions to drivers and other depot or delivery site workers to get them thinking about risks they are exposed to and ways of controlling potential hazards.


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