30th June 2003

 

CONFERENCE TO TACKLE WORK-RELATED ROAD DEATHS

 

Road safety professionals from all parts of the UK will be at the University of Lincoln from Wednesday (2nd July) for an annual conference.

 

The theme for this year’s conference of the Institute of Road Safety Officers (IRSO) is ‘Small Investments, Huge Returns: Nurturing the Road Safety Culture’.

 

The conference will focus on occupational road risk as a theme for developing partnerships with different organisations.

 

Over a quarter of the deaths occurring on Britain’s roads are likely to be work-related. In simple terms, an employee who has to drive over 25,000 miles a year for work is more at risk of a fatal accident than those employed in occupations such as construction or quarrying.

 

A team of experts from many different fields will aim to equip delegates with the tools to tackle this problem by working closely with a wide range of employers.

 

“Our annual conference is the Institute’s flagship event,” commented Phil Moore, National Chairman of IRSO.

 

“I know that this year it will be a thoroughly interesting and thought provoking conference tackling a subject which could make significant inroads into casualty reduction in the coming years, with huge reductions in financial costs and human suffering.”

 

Richard Greener, Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership Manager, who has been invited to open the conference, added: “I am very pleased that IRSO has chosen Lincolnshire for its annual conference as the principle of partnership working in the road safety arena is already well established in the county.”

 

The conference will run in the main academic building at Brayford Pool from 2.30pm on Wednesday until Friday evening, ending with a conference dinner and mayor’s reception in the Delph Bar.

 

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)                     email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

or Richard Clark,

Chairman IRSO (East Midlands Group)

Tel: 01922 652511 (work) or 07971 429146 (mobile)

 

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