Royal Mail Group (SHE) Safety Flash – Parcelforce Vehicles Safe Access and Egress
Following a number of serious accidents in recent weeks, including sprains, strains, fractured ankles, broken bones and torn ligaments, a Safety Flash has been issued by the Royal Mail Group Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) Team (copy attached). Parcelforce have seen a significant increase in the frequency of these accidents
Would all CWU Area Health and Safety Reps please note and communicate the content of the Safety Flash to Parcelforce Worldwide collections and deliveries drivers and HGV Network Trunking Drivers, supporting the key message and reminding drivers of the importance of safely getting in and out of larger vans and HGVs – a message that is in fact valid in Royal Mail as well as Parcelforce. Additionally, please check compliance when undertaking Safety Inspections
Accident investigations have found that drivers are not using the ‘3 points of contact’ method when getting into or out of their vehicles.
Key Learning Points set out in the Safety Flash are:
- Use the handles provided and maintain 3 points of contact.
- Use steps or T-Bars where fitted and make sure you have good grip and a firm foothold.
- Never jump from the back of the vehicle.
- Do not carry or hold any object during access and egress of vehicle.
- Always wear your safety footwear (boots with ankle support are recommended) and make sure the tread is in good condition.
Key Managers’ Activities to be completed:· Managers to cascade the SHE Flash to all drivers.· Managers to ensure all drivers see and read the ‘Vehicle Access and Egress’ Safe System of Work.· Managers to check drivers accessing and egressing vehicles when inside the depot/yard and record these checks through the SMAT (Safety Management And Training) process.A copy of RMG SHE Safety Flash “FY20 011-Vehicle Access/Egress” is attached.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer