Slow isn't always safe: cause and effect

The first part of this article examined the accidents that occur with slow moving vehicles. The second part examines why these accidents happen and what lessons can be learnt. Fatal accident data from the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton, UK, was examined. This showed that 41% of the accidents occurred while the vehicles were reversing, with loading and unloading accounting for an additional 16% of fatalities. Light goods vehicles (LGVs), heavy plant and forklift trucks accounted for 35, 33 and 12% of these accidents. The most common locations were sites and yards (24%), carriageways (23%), loading bays (16%) and construction sites (14%). Mechanical issues were identified as having an initiating role in 6% of fatal accidents. Drivers and pedestrians lacking awareness of each other had a role in 33% of accidents. Poor work practices contributed to most of the accidents.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p14
  • Serial:
    • Publisher: Freight Transport Association
    • ISSN: 0016-0849

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01045823
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2007 12:21PM