T&G in bid to improve haulage health and safety record

Employers
in the road haulage and distribution industry are being asked to take part in a
national survey on standards of health and safety.

The
Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) wants to find out what action
needs to be taken to improve working conditions for transport workers.

The
survey will be based on a pilot survey by the T&G’s road transport and
commercial branch in Hull, which highlighted alarming levels of complacency.

“The
need for this survey is crucial in our judgement,” said T&G national
organiser for transport Ron Webb.

“Our
industry faces some enormous challenges now and over the next few years not the
least of which is recruiting and keeping more drivers. That means constant
vigilance to make sure the safety regimes are up to scratch, for the protection
of drivers and the public. The T&G is determined to make sure they are.”

The
national survey will be undertaken by the T&G in the next few months with a
full report on the findings made available to the industry as well as the
Health and Safety Commission and the Department for Transport.

By Quentin Reade

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