5 Jan 2010

ACC to tackle work vehicle crashes

3:50 pm on 5 January 2010

The Accident Compensation Corporation is to launch a programme to cut the high number of accidents involving occupational vehicles.

ACC believes about 30 deaths a year occur in such accidents, accounting for about a third of all workplace deaths.

The programme's manager, Sandra Nelson, says claims relating to work vehicle crashes could cost ACC nearly $30 million this year.

She says companies whose employees do high mileage will be asked to re-examine their road safety policies and procedures, paying attention to speed, restraints, drug and alcohol issues and the scheduling of journeys.

Ms Nelson says 64% of companies involved in a pilot programme felt it was sufficiently worthwhile to be introduced nationwide.