Inside HSSE

Best practice for motorcyclists

Motorbikes are not only popular for commuting, but are recognised as a hobby with many enthusiasts riding for pleasure, particularly in the summer months.

Keeping cyclists safe

Worldwide, each day 170 cyclists lose their lives in a traffic incident and many more are injured. The number of cyclists getting injured varies per region and country, but overall 5% of the fatal road traffic incidents involve a cyclist.

Moving equipment and vehicles safely

According to HSE (Health and Safety Executive), there are over 5,000 incidents every year in the UK alone involving transport in the workplace, with 50 of these resulting in fatalities.

Using a mobile phone whilst driving

Using a mobile phone, whether hand-held or hands-free, is distracting and dangerous to any driver. Keep your focus on the road - turn your mobile phone off.

Distracting behaviour whilst driving

Safe driving requires a driver’s full attention. Any form of multi-tasking is likely to slow reaction time. Distracting behaviour such as eating, drinking, using or adjusting on-board systems can dramatically reduce your concentration and awareness of the road, increasing the likelihood of an accident.

Blind spots

Even with properly adjusted mirrors every driver has blind spots, areas where their view is restricted and if not sufficiently checked with a look over-the-shoulder, they can easily lead to a serious incident.

Advanced driving skills help save lives on the road

As a professional driver, you will no doubt always endeavour to drive to the best of your ability. However it is also your responsibility to put your advanced driving skills to good use by anticipating the behaviour of other, less skilled, road users. You have the enhanced ability to anticipate and avoid incidents.

Emergency kit for your vehicle – the must-have items

It’s impossible to predict when an incident will occur and regrettably it is not possible to eliminate all risk of it ever happening.  With this in mind, we share with you some ideas on what you can do to be prepared in the event of a road traffic emergency.

Journey Management Planning

For every journey one should ask if the journey is actually necessary; the safest journey is the one not taken. If the journey is necessary it is advised to consider other, safer, transportation options than car travel. This may include train or bus transport.

Prevention, not cure – a simple daily vehicle check can save lives

Driving can be a dangerous activity.  Road traffic accidents account for a staggering 1.24 million deaths per year globally.1   Aside from poor driving skills and road conditions, mechanical failure, poor vehicle maintenance and tyre failure/condition is a major contributing factor.

Arrive alive - don’t drive when tired!

Driver fatigue can be a major factor in road traffic incidents, resulting in an estimated 20% of all road fatalities. Here we share our tips on preventing fatigue from ending your drive prematurely.

Road Safety

Keeping drivers safe, secure and in good health on the road is not only vital to your business but also one of our greatest concerns, too.

Winter Driving - Don’t be scared, be prepared!

Cold winter conditions present specific driving challenges – from torrential rain to snow and ice, not only do you need to be extra vigilant on the road, you must also pay special attention to your vehicle and adjust your driving style.

Check your tyres regularly

Reduce the risk of an incident. Check your tyres regularly. Having the recommended pressure and tread reduces your chances of a blow-out or other tyre-related incident, keeping you safer on the road.

The importance of defensive driving

Remember you and the other road users around you are only human; and humans make mistakes. A defensive driver does not just concentrate on his or her own actions, but anticipates the likely actions of other road users.