CEMEX help put improved safety for cyclists at heart of FTA Transport Manager 2013 conferences
CYCLE safety is a subject that the freight industry takes very seriously, particularly with statistics recording that 3,000 cyclists are killed or seriously injured in road accidents across Britain every year and that 18% of cycle fatalities recorded result from conflicts with HGVs.
The 2013 Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Transport Manager Conference is featuring cycle safety as one of the main focus subjects on its agenda, and with the help of CEMEX will be sharing with delegates the work that is being currently done by the freight industry to improve safety for all vulnerable road users.
‘Getting a handle on cycle safety’ will examine the kind of requirements the industry will increasingly encounter, the impacts on the freight industry when cycling incidents occur, and the actions transport managers can take to minimize the risks.
Richard Claydon, CEMEX’s global director of health & safety, said: ‘At CEMEX, we treat health and safety as our number one priority. We have long since recognized that when considering the public, a matter of key importance is the safety of vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists.
‘As part of our work to improve safety for cyclists, we carried out a major review of the driver’s field of vision across our range of vehicles to see what else we could improve. As a result, among the safety features we introduced was an additional ‘fish-eye’ mirror to remove the blind spot for our drivers. We also designed and installed a sign for the rear nearside of the vehicles to help warn cyclists of the danger associated with them moving along the inside of the truck.’
Mr Claydon added: ‘CEMEX are pleased to be able to share their work at FTA’s Transport Manager events; we have continued to develop our truck safety features and have made great efforts to raise awareness on this very important subject with the general public in a number of ways.’