Seat Belts Save Lives – Mine Saved Me” – Royal Mail Group (Royal Mail, Parcelforce, RMSS, RMP&FS, RME, RM Fleet etc.) – Road Safety Week 2019 Closes With A Salient Message – Why Wearing a Seat Belt is Important:
Despite the fact that motor vehicles are equipped with more safety features than ever before, none of these innovations are as critical to the safety of drivers and passengers as a seat belt. Unfortunately, many drivers and passengers choose to ignore this effective injury-prevention device, putting themselves at risk of injuries or even death. According to all motoring and medical experts seat belts reduce one’s risk of suffering injuries or death by about half. In fact thousands of lives are saved every year by seat belts in the UK.
Why is wearing a seat belt is important:
- It keeps vehicle occupants inside:
- It restrains the strongest parts of the body:
- Seat belts spread out the force of a collision:
- Helps the body to slow down:
- It protects the brain and spinal cord:
- Wearing a seat belt is required by law (POSTAL WORKERS ARE NOT EXEMPT FROM THIS LAW AS SOME WRONGLY BELEIVE):
Some believe that air bags are an effective substitute for seat belts. While they are an excellent safety feature, an air bag on its own will not protect a driver or passenger. If you are not wearing your seat belt, it is unlikely your body will remain in a position that allows your air bag to help prevent injuries. To get the most out of this safety feature, you must wear a seat belt. Not wearing one can have deadly consequences.
Attached is a copy of the CWU Website Article which appeared last week and can be read on the website still with some dramatic photographs – the article entitled “Seat Belts Save Lives –Mine Saved Me” published as part of the Road Safety Week Seat Belts Campaign tells the story of Parcelforce Driver and CWU member Carl Prendergast’s very serious, terrifying, recent road accident in which his 7.5-tonne Parcelforce lorry smashed through the barriers on an elevated flyover in Reading and cart-wheeled over before dropping upside down some 30 feet before landing on its roof, on the road below. In his own words Carl said: “If I hadn’t been wearing my seat belt, I’d have been catapulted out of the front windscreen and crushed to death on the road.” And he appealed to all his fellow CWU member colleagues and drivers; “Please never forget your seat belt, it can save your life – it certainly saved mine.”
RMG Road Safety Week has concluded but the message never ends. Carl’s story is an important example of the absolute necessity of wearing a seatbelt at all times while driving. Without a seatbelt, Carl would not be with us today – that’s the honest truth of the matter. Please everyone, it only takes a second for another driver perhaps to make a small mistake and as we can see from the Reading incident, the consequences are potentially catastrophic. Seatbelts save lives and in this case it certainly did. Those who don’t wear their seatbelts whilst behind the wheel put themselves in mortal danger. We’re all extremely relieved that Carl survived this horrific accident and walked away with minor injuries. I’m hoping that during Royal Mail Group/CWU Road Safety Week 2019, that Carl Prendergast’s story and the photographs of his accident has and will continue to help raise awareness of the vital importance of Seat Belts. During the Road Safety Week – Seat belts Campaign, Royal Mail, Parcelforce, and all parts of the group and the CWU worked hard together to raise awareness and promote the importance to CWU members who drive as part of their job, the importance or wearing their seat belts, through the posters, work time briefing sessions, via website articles, through road safety video clips and case studies like Carl’s case in order to get across how important this message is.
On behalf of CWU HQ I would like to personally thank Carl Prendergast for volunteering to tell his story in order to help get this important message across and to also wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries and our very best wishes for the future – Thank you Carl.
I wish to conclude once again with this salient warning message to all CWU members: “Seat Belts have been a legal requirement in the UK since 1983 and contrary to a common urban myth that still prevails, Royal Mail and Parcelforce Drivers are NOT exempt from this Law – so don’t get caught out! Unfortunately a number of CWU members have been caught by the Police and have paid the penalty with driving convictions and with fines of up to £500.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer