PDFORRA Seeks Health and Safety Authority review of Army trucks following a road traffic accident in County Longford


PDFORRA, the Defence Forces representative association for enlisted personnel, called today for the Health and Safety Authority to review passenger safety measures in Army trucks. The call follows a collision between an Army truck and an articulated lorry near Granard in County Longford which saw 15 people hospitalised including 14 soldiers.

In recent years PDFORRA has been campaigning for the introduction of seat belts in Army trucks, for limitations on their use and other safety measures. In response to this the Defence Forces issued new rules in 2005 which restricted the carriage of troops in Army trucks to those occasions when they were necessary for training and operational activities. It also provided that troops and cargo should not be mixed in vehicles.

PDFORRA General Secretary, Gerry Rooney said “The Defence Forces has a duty of care to its members and it needs to ensure that its Army trucks are designed and equipped to maximise passenger safety – and also to ensure that they are used in appropriate circumstances. PDFORRA believes the Health and Safety Authority needs to take a close look at all these factors and ensure that the safety of members of the Defence Forces travelling in Army trucks is maximised”.

PDFORRA believes that the effects of the unfortunate collision should be analysed by the Health and Safety Authority from a passenger safety perspective. Important lessons could be learned and changes introduced which would enhance passenger safety in Army trucks.

Further information:
Gerry Rooney, PDFORRA 01-6712430 or 087-2572551
Wally Young, Young Communications 01-6680530 or 087-2471520

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