All Press Releases for June 13, 2009

Road Side Checks by VOSA and the HSE Find Over 70% of HGV Loads Unsafe

Checks made on Heavy Goods Vehicles in the UK find over 70% of cargo loads are unsafe. Wider spot checks are planned to try and ensure that all HGV's on UK roads comply with current legislation.

    KENT, ENGLAND, June 13, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- During May 2009 several spot checks were conducted on HGV's in a joint initiative between the Health and Safety Executive and VOSA. The results were that the majority of loads needed remedial action to make them safe for drivers and loading staff.

The amount of Heavy Goods Vehicles which failed to pass the spot checks, surprised both organisations conducting the checks. These figures are all the more significant, when you taken into account the 2,000 injuries which have occurred in the last 3 years on UK roads, due to cargo falling from vehicles.

As a result of these road side checks, the HSE will be launching a campaign to raise awareness and offer guidance in properly restraining loads. The aim of this campaign will be to reduce injuries both on the road and in the loading and unloading of Lorries.

All industry bodies recognise the health risk posed by badly loaded or overloaded lorries. For HGV owners and operators the benefits to properly adhering to the best practices are reduction in employee injuries and increasing productivity. Also a reduction in accidents will result in cheap HGV Insurance.

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