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OSHAssociation UK-Ghana holds public education on safety to save lives in Western Region

Dec 7, 2018 | Daniel Kaku
OSHAssociation UK-Ghana holds public education on safety to save lives in Western Region

The Occupational Safety and Health Association UK-Ghana Region (OSHAssociation UK-Ghana) has organised 'Training of Trainers Program' for stakeholders in the Western Region on how to promote safety on roads, workplaces, homes and other areas to save lives.

OSHAssociation UK is an independent professional association, with international membership and regional chapters worldwide. It is committed to supporting individuals and corporate organizations around the world in achieving Zero fatalities or accidents, at workplaces, on roads among others.

The one-week training was organized in conjunction with the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to educate stakeholders in the Region on safety especially road safety to save lives before, during and after 2018 Yuletide.

These stakeholders were picked from all the twenty-two (22) Districts in the Region and they included, Safety Managers, Transport Officers, Driver Unions, Companies, Volunteer Groups, Opinion Leaders, Security Services, Organizations, the Media among others.

"Improving Road Safety Management System Through Behavioural Road Safety Approach", was the theme chosen for the training.

The training was used to educate road users to obey road safety signs and symbols, key precautions to preventing road accidents.

The programme was under the good leadership and sponsorship of Jubilee Partners such as Tullow Oil, Kosmos Energy, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Anadarko and PetroSA Ghana.

All the participants were given well-recognised international certificates in safety.

Addressing the Media and Driver Unions at Raybow Hotel in Takoradi on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, the Regional President of OSHAssociation UK-Ghana Region, Engr. Thomas Bismark Boakye spoke of the need to adhere to road traffic regulations to save lives.

He expressed appreciation to the participants for honouring their invitation to support the training, which aimed at raising awareness about passenger and pedestrian safety ahead of the 2018 yuletide and beyond.

Egnr. Boakye advised drivers, motorists and pedestrians to endeavour to be patient when using the road, in order to avoid needless crashes.

He said road accident is a national disaster and can cause loss of lives, vulnerability, loss of properties and livelihoods.

He revealed that in Ghana 26-35 year-old people mostly lose their lives through road accident.

He added that more than 2000 people lose their lives yearly through road accident in Ghana.

He said "Many accidents happen because of people don't perceive the risks involved in what they are doing".

"Perception is what causes some people to believe that accidents can never happen to them but could only happen to others", he explained.

"There are more private vehicle crashes compared to commercial ones. It is usually a case of frequency against volume", he added.

He said "There is a need, therefore, to change this perception and accept the reality that we are all vulnerable".

He urged that drivers shouldn't drive close to truck when at a danger.

Engr. Boakye revealed "Emotion, anger, sorrowful, anxiety, fear, hate, these some of the behaviours that affect driving and can cause accident".

He added that 94 per cent of human behaviour causes accident in Ghana adding that all serious accidents happen just after police checkpoint.

He, therefore, said road is not a play, not resting place, not a place to dry clothes and pepper, not as a market place, not a stand and idle as some unacceptable uses of the road.

"A safe and effiecent road network as part of an integrated transportation system for all road users including pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled, animals among others", he explained.

He revealed that Motorway, Highway, Urban roads and Feeder roads are Road Hierarchy in Ghana.

He urged the participants should be defensive drivers and added that a defensive driver should be careful to all rules and regulations, observe the movement of all vehicles and road users, identify the possible dangers, predict what is likely to happen, anticipate the next line of action, execute the skill of safety, plan your journey, know your vehicle, watch your speed, and anticipate traffic movements.

He educated the participants on the things any driver should check before starting his or her journey and avoid any arrest from the police.

These were some of the things he mentioned, driving license, vehicle documents, brakes, mirrors, lights, windscreen, wipers, indicators, map, horn, exhaust, seat belts, tires, emergency kit, fire extinguisher, warning triangle among others.

He revealed "It is only a Police Inspector or who is above the rank of an Inspector who can seize a driving license from a driver".

He also educated the participants through the Road Signs and said there were only four Road Signs in the country and these were, Warning, Regulatory, Information and Mandatory Signs.

He pleaded with the media in the Region to use their platforms to create awareness about road accident and save lives.

He, therefore, urged the media to report accuracy on road accidents in the Region.

He also called on the Driver Unions in the area to advise their drivers to educate themselves on road safety.

Engr. Boakye thanked the Jubilee Partners for sponsoring this training and pleaded with them to support them periodically in road safety training and others.

Mrs. Ohene Gyan who represented the Jubilee Partners thanked OSHAssociation UK-Ghana and National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) for organizing such an important training in the Region to save lives.

She said the training had become necessary as part of Jubilee Partners' intention to ensure that people in the Region are saved from road accidents and live longer.

She said the country is losing so many lives in road accident and therefore advised the participants to educate others on the need for road safety.

She, therefore, pledged to support the OSHAssociation and National Road Safety Commission to train people in road safety and other safety precautions.

Mr. Paul Kyerementeng, an accident victim who had accident on Takoradi-Cape Coast road in 2015 gave an account of what happened to him.

He, advised road users should be very careful on the road and also advised his colleague drivers should stop over-speeding, over-taking, over-loading and drunk driving.

The training gave opportunity to over seven hundred (700) participants to express their happiness about the it and some were given the opportunity to contribute and asked questions.

Source: Daniel Kaku

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