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National bakery firm Warburtons has made changes to vehicles across its fleet and as a result has significantly reduced the number of accidents that had previously been occurring.

While reviewing their accident data across the company’s personnel, they noticed that a lot of accidents were happening as a result of the difficulty some of their drivers were experiencing when unloading their vehicles. An investigation showed that many employees were using the rear tail lifts on their vehicles to access the delivery load area. Some employees were making short cuts by using the tail lift as a step, which increased the risk of accidents.

In addition to this, restricted kerbside parking in many of the busy delivery locations made proper use of the tail lift difficult, so the company looked into options to reduce the danger.

Their solution was found by looking at vehicles across the company and noticing that some were involved in fewer incidents than others. These vehicles had steps at the rear of the delivery load area that meant that the driver could access the load without the use of the tail lift.

The result is that Warburtons have fitted their fleet with side access doors and integral steps and subsequently reduced the number of accidents quite significantly.

In addition to the physical changes, the company has also instigated improved employee education and training about the dangers of falling from vehicles, and produced an in-house video to show employees how to safely use the powered tail lifts, the importance of three-point contact when entering and leaving a vehicle, and how and when to use the side-access doors and steps for smaller deliveries.

Identifying risks and making changes to improve employee safety is part of being a responsible employer. Any employers that don’t take these simple steps can put themselves at risk of legal action if employees are injured at work, as well as the cost and inconvenience of losing valuable staff members.

If you or someone you care for has been injured in an accident at work, you could well be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Contact one of our highly trained solicitors today for free, with no obligation, and let us see if we can help you get the pay out you deserve.