Worked to death?25 Mar 2013

Two hundred people injured in road crashes daily while driving for work

Previously unpublished data from the annual Labour Force Survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics shows that in 2011 an estimated 73,000 people were seriously or slightly hurt in accidents while travelling on company business (excluding commuting).

This is 36% of the total number of 202,000 people recorded injured (but not killed) in all road accidents for that year.

Of those hurt whilst driving in the course of their employment, more than a third (36%) are subsequently off work for more than a week.

The data was analysed for the RAC Foundation and RoadSafe by David Leibling.

According to RoadSafe – which runs the Driving for Better Business campaign – there are approximately three million company cars on the road and some 1 in 3 of these is involved in an accident each year.

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:

“In most cases people are a company’s most valuable assets. As well as having a moral and legal duty to look after employees, it makes economic sense for firms to protect the wellbeing of staff.

“Road accidents are the biggest cause of accidental death in the work-place.”

Adrian Walsh, who directs the Driving for Better Business campaign, said:

“This valuable evidence highlights the importance of the need for good management of those who drive for work, not only can this reduce risk but it can also improve business efficiency.  The Driving for Better Business campaign has identified many businesses where there have been significant reductions in collisions and consequent reductions in cost, in some cases amounting to millions of pounds.  These businesses are happy to share their know–how.”



RAC Foundation:

Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications

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Notes to editors:

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation which explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist.

Driving for Better Business is a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of work-related road safety in the business community and public sector by using advocates drawn from these communities to promote the business benefits of managing it effectively. It is delivered by RoadSafe – a leading forum for promoting and devising solutions to road safety problems.

More information about RoadSafe and the Driving for Better Business campaign can be found at:

More information about road accidents in 2011 is available in Reported Road Casualties GB: