Essential Safety Equipment for Workers on the Road

Working on the road can be dangerous for drivers, so it’s essential that drivers be not only well trained but also properly prepared with the right safety equipment in case anything goes wrong.

Fleet vehicle safety should be the highest priority for fleet managers, and all vehicles must comply with the relevant statutes for roads. The majority of this legislation is contained in the Road Traffic Act 1988, though as with any laws, there have been a few amendments over the years.

It’s also important that all drivers, whether under the employment of a company or self-employed, know and understand the Highway Code to ensure their safety and the safety of other road users.

In 2015, there were 1,732 road deaths, a decrease of 2% compared to the previous year, and 22,137 people seriously injured in road traffic accidents, a decrease of 3%. Most drivers are well aware that driving can be dangerous; not only do they need to be vigilant and drive within the law, but they also need to be well prepared in case an accident or breakdown occurs when they are on the road.

Essential equipment for workers on the road

It’s all too easy to head off on a road journey without checking that you have everything you need in the event of a problem. Being aware of what you can do to increase your safety on the road includes checking that your vehicle is in good condition. For example, check tyre pressure, confirm all lights work and ensure you have sufficient fuel for your journey.

In many European countries, certain safety equipment legally has to be carried in a vehicle. Anyone who has driven in mainland Europe either for work or holiday will be aware of the regulations, and there are penalties available to the police.

In the UK, you are not required by law to carry safety equipment, except child seats for children of various ages. However, there are some items you should consider taking with you.

  • First aid kit: You can also buy Motorists First Aid Kits that will contain everything you need. These usually contain an assortment of dressings, burn dressings, wipes, foil blankets, gloves, resuscitation devices, scissors and plasters.
    Warning triangle: If you have a vehicle breakdown or are involved in an accident, it’s important to use a warning triangle so that other road users are aware there is a problem. The red reflecting panels can easily be seen and give advance warning to other motorists
  • Hi-visibility vests: When you have to get out of a vehicle by the roadside, you want passing motorists to be able to easily notice you and avoid further accidents. A high visibility vest or jacket will help people see you, especially when it’s dark, and give you added roadside protection.
  • Warm clothing: In cold weather, have warm clothes, boots, blankets and a torch on the vehicle.

Disclaimer: The information provided through Legislation Watch is for general guidance only and is not legal advice. Legislation Watch is not a substitute for Health and Safety consultancy. You should seek independent advice about any legal matter.

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