Culpable Knowledge

Freight company knew of poor risk assessment prior to worker’s death.

A Cheshire-based haulage firm was warned of its lacking risk assessment one month before an employee was killed by an out of control vehicle, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found.

Freight First must pay £90,000 in fines after a runaway lorry ploughed into employee Tony Schulze on 22 January 2011, crushing him to death.

Schulze, who was not normally tasked with driving articulated vehicles and had no training for coupling lorries, was working at the weekend parking trailers in the yard so they would be ready for pick-ups and deliveries on Monday morning.

As he released the brakes on one of the trailers to attach it to a lorry cab, it rolled forward. Schulze ran past the trailer and in front of the cab in a bid to jump through the open door but he was crushed between the door and cab frame when the HGV hit another vehicle. He died at the scene, despite co-workers’ attempts to save him.

In addition to the lack of training, there was no safe system of work for the coupling and uncoupling of vehicles, nor was there a written procedure for the work, according to the HSE. The cab’s handbrake also was not applied. Freight First’s generic risk assessment, prepared in May 2010, did not address connecting cabs to trailers and failed to identify the risk of runaway vehicles. An external health and safety adviser had highlighted the insufficient risk assessment to the company in December 2010, though no action was taken.

Freight First was fined £90,000 at Liverpool Crown Court and ordered to pay £67,500 in costs after it was found guilty of a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

“If Mr Schulze had pulled the park button on the trailer when it started to move then it would have activated the trailer brakes. However there is no evidence to prove that Mr Schulze had received training on coupling the HGVs, so may well not have known this,” said HSE inspector Adam McMahon after the hearing.


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New Corporate Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines

New Corporate Manslaughter Sentencing Guidelines came into force yesterday.

The new guidelines are intended to improve sentence consistency and help sentencers to deal appropriately with offences which previously only had piecemeal guidance (such as for non-fatal health and safety offences and those committed by individuals).

Organisations breaching Health & Safety regulations face a fine of between £50 and £10 Million, whilst corporate manslaughter fines are between £180,000 and £20 Million.

To get a copy of the Sentencing Council’s document Health and Safety Offences, Corporate Manslaughter and Food Safety and Hygiene Offences Definitive Guideline send an email to

Complimentary logon to our comprehensive Global Online Driver Assessment & Training Programme

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You may be an organisation that engages or employees personnel who drive as part of their work. If so you surely appreciate the need to apply the principles of health and safety to this aspect of their work, in the same way as other areas of their employment.

This online programme allows your drivers to undertake a comprehensive driver risk assessment and receive bespoke training modules immediately delivered to their curriculum to help mitigate any identified risk.

Content is localised with regard to HD video footage, road safety legislation and language for the end users country, currently encompassing 70 countries in over 100 languages.

If you would like to take the opportunity to review this approach to managing the safety of your drivers please Click Here to access the form in which you can provide contact details and general information so that we can provide you with your personal logon details.


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We will be in touch shortly to gather your views on the programme, however please feel free to contact us in the meantime if you have any questions.



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Road Safety – Everyone’s Business

Road Safety GB supports call for drivers to have regular eye tests

Eye TestRoad Safety GB is supporting a leading ophthalmologist who has urged drivers to ensure they have a clear view of the road as winter weather reduces visibility and increases risk.

David Teenan, UK medical director at Optical Express, says that longer nights, low sun and treacherous weather can significantly impede the sight of drivers – causing temporary blindness in some cases.

Optical Express cites a report published in 2012 by the insurer RSA which estimated that 2,900 casualties annually are caused by drivers with poor vision.

David Teenan said: “Good sight is essential for safe driving, especially in the winter months when the weather brings unique vision challenges.

“Visual acuity and contrast are compromised when there is too little light during dull, overcast days or too much light from low winter sun. If drivers can’t see clearly they risk not only their own lives but those of other road users and pedestrians.”

Mr Teenan, who is a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, added: “There are many simple things that drivers can do to improve their view of the road, such as keeping their windscreens clean and using their vehicle’s sun visors, but it is essential that drivers also undergo regular eye tests to ensure they can see clearly. Changes in eyesight are gradual and it is possible to lose up to 40% of your vision without noticing.

“Most adults should have their eyes tested once every two years but older drivers need to take greater care. As eyesight problems become more prevalent when we get older the vision of older drivers is more likely to be impaired.”

Iain Temperton, Road Safety GB’s director of communications, said: “It is essential that drivers have their eyesight checked on a regular basis and if required wear corrective lenses to ensure their safety and that of other road users.

“It’s also really important to make sure that the screen wash is topped up and windscreens, windows and lights are clean and free from frost or snow.”
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End of the road for grey speed cameras

All working speed cameras will be yellow by October 2016.

  • government announces common sense approach to speed cameras on motorways
  • working speed cameras to be yellow by October 2016
  • move follows a review of cameras to ensure they are visible and motorists are not unfairly penalise

Every working speed camera on the strategic road network will be yellow within a year, the government has announced today, 14 November 2015.

Ministers ordered a review of speed camera policy on motorways earlier this year and Highways England has today confirmed their plan to increase the visibility of all speed cameras on the network.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:

We are on the side of honest motorists. I’ve always been clear that cameras should be visible and get used for safety rather than revenue raising. This move is about applying common sense to our roads. Speed cameras should make journeys safer rather than lead to dangerous braking. I’m delighted Highways England have agreed to meet our timetable to achieve this.

There are approximately 200 camera sites on England’s motorways, some of which contain multiple cameras. Existing guidelines already make clear that where cameras are used on the strategic road network signs must be put up to alert drivers. This latest move will ensure maximum visibility of the cameras themselves.

The majority of colour changes will take place during standard renewal of speed camera units alongside other planned work to minimise the cost. Units which are not due to be upgraded within this time frame will be made yellow.

Highways England will be monitoring its camera sites to address any impact the change in colour has for drivers.

Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan said:

We also are on the side of common sense, and aim to provide a good service to road users. While we understand speed cameras are not popular, they play a valuable role in enhancing safety, smoothing traffic flow and reducing congestion for millions of motorists who use our roads. We use cameras for safety and traffic management only when other more popular solutions like engineering are not adequate to tackle particular problems on our network.


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Speeding – do you have a company policy?

Car Wheel - SmallRoad safety charity Brake is urging all employers with staff who drive for work to implement policies and procedures to ensure their drivers are fully aware of the dangers of speeding.

The plea follows a report published by Brake which found that two in five organisations don’t have a policy on speeding. It also suggests that a third of company speed policies don’t apply to senior management.

Brake says ensuring drivers travel at a safe and sensible speed is one of ‘the most important’ ways in which fleet managers can make their fleets safer.

The report is based on an online survey of fleet managers from 131 organisations, working with nearly 26,000 vehicles and 40,000 people who drive for work.

The report also expresses concern about the lack of training given to employees about speeding. 17% of the companies surveyed do not ‘train, assess or educate drivers on speed’, while less that half (44%) have internal communications about speed.

Dr Tom Fisher, Brake’s senior research and communication officer, said: “It is worrying that many employers are lacking a coherent ‘speed strategy’. Our research shows that many companies can and should do more.

“This would help prevent the devastating impact of road death and injury, but also save companies money through reduced insurance premiums and improve their reputation within the community.”

UKGRS can supply specific targeted online training modules to assist in getting this message across.  A dedicated module that examines one of the most common mistakes made on the road today, speeding, can be quickly and easily assigned to individuals, small groups or across an entire organisation.

In the module participants learn: how speeding affects the control over a vehicle, how it affects total stopping distance and why the ‘other driver’ on the road should be taken into consideration.

Please call 0844 704 5244 for further information on addressing this risk with online training.

Motorcycle Training – Looming & Motion Camouflage

Looming, motion camouflage, the problem of breaking up the solid silhouette of the bike by using multiple colours which (whisper it) may include a hi-vis vest and day riding lights, and the need to move the bike across the background to be detected!


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Updates to the Online Training Programme

Training Module ImageUKGRS are pleased to announce new releases across multiple online training solutions.

  1. The Advanced Pack (Mobile Web-Based Defensive Driver Training) is now also available in the following Country & Languages:
  • United Arab Emirates – Hindi (UAE), Urdu
  1. The following Countries for Hazard Perception 360, Hazard Perception 2.0 and DDT Global 21 Pack have been available in their native language, but are now for the first time also available in the Englishlanguage:
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Mexico

As of today the content is now available in the following number of Countries and Languages:

  • Hazard Perception: 72 Countries & 108 Languages
  • Defensive Driver Training “Global 21 Pack”: 74 Countries & 117 Languages
  • Advanced Defensive Driver Training 6-Pack: 33 Countries & 60 Languages
  • Powered Two-Wheeler Training: 30 Countries & 38 Languages

For further information or a free demonstration of any of the online solutions please call us on +44 (0) 844 704 5244 or +44 (0) 1452 349283

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Summer Drink Drive Campaign Across Europe


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Road Safety GB report that police officers from 28 countries across Europe conducted more than a million breath tests earlier this summer, in a week long campaign  coordinated by TIPSOL.

TISPOL’s drink-drive enforcement operation (1-7 June) resulted in 17,006 drink-drive offences from 1,124,163 roadside breath tests. Motorists were also checked for drugs, and 2,764 offences were detected.

The figures equate to around one in every 65 drivers tested, proportionately fewer than the two previous years. Like-for-like figures from 2014 show 18,391 offences from 1,168,631 breath tests which equates to around one in every 63 drivers tested. And for 2013 the figures show 14,557 offences from 869,473 breath tests, around one in every 59 drivers tested.

Aidan Reid, TISPOL president, said: “These figures show that there are still people who think it’s acceptable to drink and drive.

“Officers across Europe will continue to target drink-drivers all year round, so if you choose to take a risk by driving after drinking alcohol, then we will find you and bring you to justice because we will not tolerate the risk you pose to yourself and to other innocent road users who may be in your way.”

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UK Global Road Safety announce new releases across multiple online driver training solutions


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UK Global Road Safety is pleased to announce new releases across multiple online driver training solutions.

  1. Hazard Perception is now available for the following generic regions:
  • General Asia (Left) – English
  • General Asia (Right) – English
  • General Europe – English
  • General Africa (Left) – English & French
  1. The following Countries for Hazard Perception have been available in their native language(s), but are now for the first time also available in the English language:
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Russia
  • South America
  • Spain
  • Sweden

As of 16th July 2015, Online content is now available in the following number of Countries and Languages:

  • Hazard Perception: 72 Countries & 103 Languages
  • Defensive Driver Training “Global 21 Pack”: 74 Countries & 117 Languages
  • Advanced Defensive Driver Training 6-Pack: 33 Countries & 58 Languages
  • Powered Two-Wheeler Training: 30 Countries & 38 Languages