Work Safe Week organised by WorkSafe Victoria will once again be focussing on reducing accidents involving fleet cars on Australian roads.
Every year, a significant number of Victorian workers are killed or injured on the road whilst performing their work.
It is estimated that about 30% of all vehicles registered in Australia are used for business purposes and over 50% of all new vehicles are purchased initially for commercial use.
Research shows that fleet vehicles have a higher rate of involvement in crashes per 10,000 registered vehicles per year than non-fleet vehicles.
These accidents can be attributed to several reasons ranging from speed and fatigue to faulty vehicles and use of mobile phones while driving.
Work Safe Week this year will once again be focusing on what employers with fleet cars can do to make sure that their workers return to work safe and sound at the end of the day.
As part of Work Safe Week, WorkSafe Agent Gallagher Bassett will be presenting a seminar on some of the basic principles of hazard management including ergonomics, training, competency and fatigue in the context of vehicle use.
The seminar will be held on Tuesday 26 October at the Melbourne Convention Centre at 9am.
The session will focus predominantly on passenger vehicles, vans as well as light trucks and should ideally be attended by all employers and HR managers with a workforce out on the road.
WorkSafe Victoria’s Strategic Programs Director Trevor Martin said that the information would be practical and user-friendly, ultimately helping to reduce the tragic toll on Victorian roads each year.
According to Mr Martin, fatigue accounts for more than 25% of accidents in Victoria and the seminar will seek to provide employers with the tools and knowledge to help address the problem.
He added that Work Safe Week facilitates Victorian employers, workers and various stakeholders involved in health and safety to get practical information and solutions to common risks and hazards in their industry.
Feedback from last year has established that at least 75% of those who had attended an event had made changes back at the workplace.
Work Safe Week Seminars and Events are being held in:
Melbourne: City, Dandenong and Sunshine
Regional Victoria: Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Flinders, Geelong, Horsham, Mildura, Morwell, Seymour, Shepparton, Warrnambool and Wodonga