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National Grid to train drivers
The National Grid has launched a driver safety programme for its workers.
The scheme will involve assessment of driving skills and training for all employees who drive on company business.
Official data show 20 people are killed a week by incidents involving 'at-work drivers' and driving is officially the most dangerous activity in the UK workplace.
It hoped the training will reduce the number of accidents the company's vehicles are involved in and the cost of commercial vehicle insurance.
Drivers are chosen for the programme after undergoing an online risk assessment.
Vivienne Beechey, one of the first employees to take part in the training, said: "I now think about my surroundings more, why warnings are there and I do slow down as a result.
"I leave gaps and I help make driving safer for others by giving them warnings using my brake lights. It was very interesting and I'm sure everyone will benefit by going on it."
26 Jul 2006