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Business champion to speak at RoSPA conference

18 March 2009

How Tesco.com has improved driver and road-user safety and simultaneously reduced fleet vehicle crashes will be the subject of a case study at RoSPA’s Practical Transport Solutions Conference on May 14.

Tesco.com is one of the 23 ‘business champions’ under the Government-backed ‘Driving for Better Business’ campaign, which is managed by RoadSafe.

Training manager Cliff Cheeseman will deliver the case study at the event, which will focus on the two biggest causes of work-related fatalities.

Road accidents involving someone who is at work at the time and transport accidents which happen on work premises account for hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries between them each year.

The conference will address both issues, aiming to provide practical advice on managing the risks associated with the use of work vehicles, whether on public roads or occupational sites.

The conference, in association with the Health and Safety Executive, will be held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, at the National Exhibition Centre, alongside Safety & Health Expo, Europe’s largest annual health and safety exhibition.

Marcia Davies, head of the HSE’s injuries reduction programme, will give the keynote address focusing on the delivery of safety responsibilities.

Roger Bibbings, RoSPA’s occupational safety adviser, will outline the ethical and business case for managing occupational road risk, as well as the legal perspective, including the potential for corporate manslaughter prosecutions after road deaths.

A presentation by Carol Grainger, the HSE’s workplace transport programme manager, will include a focus on loading bays. Practical advice will come from Nathan Davies, RoSPA health and safety consultant, on assessing risks, and Vince Murphy, RoSPA managing consultant, on changing behaviour and culture. Shelly Stretton, assurance manager at Birse Rail Ltd, will talk about learning from operational experience, including accident investigations. A case study will also be provided by Gary Wain, transport manager at Radius Systems Limited.