More than a fifth (21%) of UK companies whose employees drive for work purposes have no road safety policy in place, new research by TomTom Telematics has revealed.
Some 60% of respondents said staff members had been involved in road traffic accidents while on business duty, with 78 % claiming this resulted in lost productivity due to injury or time off work.
Beverley Wise, Director UK & Ireland at TomTom Telematics, comments: “Driving is one of the most high-risk activities the majority of workers will conduct as part of their job, but is too often seen as a poor relation when it comes to workplace health and safety, A best-practice approach is necessary if companies are to effectively safeguard staff and reduce their risk exposure. If the appropriate action is not taken, they could even leave themselves open to prosecution under the Health and Safety at Work Act or Corporate Manslaughter legislation should employees be killed or seriously injured”.
The research also found only 64 % of organisations have processes in place to profile the risk posed by individual drivers, based on factors such as driving behaviour or previous convictions.