Driven to distraction

20 Mar 2019

Nick Gianferrari writes for IOSH magazine and explains how distracted and inattentive drivers carry risks for their employers and the public.

Writing in the March edition, Nick highlights that employers with staff that drive as part of their job, must take into consideration lost days and disrupted operational activities, should a member of staff be involved in a road traffic accident.

Nick says, "...irrespective of their work, the driver must ensure they are capable to drive at all times. As well as mobile phone use and fatigue, court judgments have highlighted other causes of distraction or inattention. These include sat navs, map work, talking to passengers, lighting cigarettes, eating, drinking, adjusting controls of electronic equipment, lack of situational awareness such as failure to use all visual aids, poor positioning, not managing junctions, coasting through give-way signs, failing to look ahead and poor lane management..."

To read Nick's full article, as published in the March edition of IOSH magazine, please click here.

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