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November 6, 2009

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Guidance- Vehicle safety

New research released by the charity has revealed that a correctly fitted head restraint can reduce the chance of suffering a whiplash injury by 24 per cent. But 75 per cent of UK drivers are unaware of how to correctly position their head restraints.The group explained that head rests should be positioned level with the top of a person’s head to stop the neck hyper-extending backwards in the event of a crash. In an effort to raise awareness about this issue, The Fleet Safety Forum will be holding a workshop for employers to highlight the importance of promoting correct head-restraint practices among staff.The workshop takes place on 2 December at the Thatcham crash laboratory in Berkshire. All delegates will receive free guidance and posters, which focus on the key issues to be discussed at the event.  Fleet Safety Forum manager at Brake, Roz Cumming, said: “Given that the majority of drivers still don’t know how to position their head restraints correctly, this is clearly an important and valuable workshop for fleet-safety professionals to attend. We urge fleet-safety, risk and HR managers to attend and use what they learn to prevent potentially crippling injuries among their workers.”To book a place at the workshop, call Brake on 01484 559909 or e-mail [email protected]
 

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