IOSH cited in Parliament debate on work-related RTAs
21 June 2012
IOSH’s call for serious work-related road
traffic accidents (RTAs) to be included in reporting was echoed by
an MP in Westminster Hall yesterday (Wednesday 20 June).
Meg Munn, Labour and co-operative MP for Sheffield Heeley,
raised the issue, quoting the Institution directly during a debate
she led on the remit of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). She
argued that road accidents should fall under RIDDOR (Reporting of
Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995) and
highlighted that people who drive for work – especially lorry
drivers – should be screened for sleep apnoea.
Using statistics and information IOSH had provided on the topic,
the MP said that on average, 11 people die each week from
work-related driving. She also cited figures showing the proportion
of RTAs in 2010 that were linked to people’s occupations – 24 per
cent of serious injuries and 30 per cent of the total
Andrew said: “We’ve been calling for this for
a number of years, so it’s a real result to hear Meg Munn echoing
our words. This debate is yet another example of how IOSH is
pulling its weight in Parliament.
“But we can’t stop and slap each other on the
back just yet – we’ll continue to press for Government action on
During the debate, Meg Munn MP quoted IOSH
and said: “The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health argues
that all work-related accidents, even those on public roads, should
be included as a reporting requirement under regulations. It has
repeatedly called for work-related road traffic accidents to be
reportable and to be investigated by the HSE under RIDDOR.”
She also talked of the dangers of someone driving for work with
undiagnosed sleep apnoea. The MP highlighted that the link between
untreated obstructive sleep apnoea and RTAs was well established,
saying that the rate amongst lorry drivers significantly higher
than for the general population.
“The consequences of lorries crashing into
people are horrific, as our constituents would testify, and I would
like the Government seriously to consider the matter,” Meg Munn MP
added in her speech.