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RR641 Tracking research for HSE’s workplace transport programme ‘struck by’ initiative

People being hit or run over by workplace vehicles (‘struck by’ incidents) resulted in 41% of all workplace transport (WPT) incidents in 2004/05. The Health and Safety Executive ‘struck by’ initiative was part of a 2-year workplace transport project running from April 2006 - March 2008 aimed at reducing the number of incidents.

The ‘struck by’ initiative consisted of a targeted audit, that involved reviewing transport activities undertaken in the manufacturing sector and parts of the service industries (eg waste disposal). Several large companies were targeted to take part in an audit where their policies and procedures for controlling all workplace transport risks were reviewed against the precautions that were actually observed on site by a HSE inspector. A structured questionnaire was produced to apply this audit technique.

Following on from the ‘struck-by’ initiative audits, HSL carried out tracking research with ten of those companies that had been visited as part of the initiative, to provide an assessment of the effectiveness of the audits; specifically, companies experiences of the audits and the actions they had taken since, or as a result of, this intervention. This work is described in this report.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-03-19