Unite, Britain’s biggest union, representing 75,000 road transport workers has issued three simple but crucial guidelines to drivers who feel they are at genuine risk as a result of the extreme weather across the UK.
The guidance follows the tragic death of a lorry driver as high winds caused chaos across Scotland. Police Scotland said the man died at the scene when his HGV was blown on top of two cars in Bathgate, West Lothian.
Unite national officer Adrian Jones said: “Our thoughts are with the family of the lorry driver who tragically died earlier today as a result of the high winds. We are urging our members to take a few simple precautions and to stay safe. Namely to follow all police and highway agency directions at all times and to notify your employer in the event that you feel that your work is becoming unsafe due to the severe weather.
“With the growing frequency of extreme weather events across the UK we will be working with employers to agree guidelines to maximise road transport safety.”
The union is urging;
1. Drivers to follow all police and highway agency directions at all times.
2. That if drivers feel there is a genuine risk to their safety or the safety of the public they should find an appropriate place to park and notify their employer immediately. However, drivers should remain available for work.
3. That in the event an employer instructs a driver to continue driving when the driver feels it is unsafe he or she should contact their union representative urgently for advice.
Contact: Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors
• Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.