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Why REACT is ideally placed for roadside trauma cleaning

REACT has the expert knowledge to provide roadside trauma cleaning in tragic cases of human or animal fatality on the UK’s road network.

Emergency scene of road traffic accident
Dealing with the aftermath of RTAs requires sensitive handling and expert knowledge.

Have you ever wondered how many miles vehicles travel on the UK’s roads in a year in total? The numbers are truly staggering: in 2019, all vehicles on the roads clocked up a record 356 billion miles. In early 2021, roads are of course currently less busy, due to national lockdowns across the UK. Generally speaking, too, the roads have got progressively safer over the years. But sadly, serious accidents do happen on the UK’s massive road system every day. Dealing with the aftermath of road traffic accidents (RTAs) requires sensitive handling and specialist knowledge. In this blog, we’re going to look at how REACT is ideally placed to meet these challenges.

How safe are Great Britain’s roads?

The UK government publishes annual statistics on reported road casualties in Great Britain. Compared to the situation in 1979, Britain’s roads are now much safer than they were. In 2019, there were 1,752 fatalities on Britain’s roads, against 6,352 in 1979. This long-term decrease in serious RTAs has come despite the fact that roads are much busier than they were 40 years ago. In 1979, vehicles on the UK’s roads covered 159 billion miles; as mentioned above, this had more than doubled by 2019. And in international comparison too, Britain’s roads are some of the safest in the world (see the above-mentioned report).

Of course, this long-term trend in improved safety has a number of causes. It’s partly a function of car design, legislation to make seatbelts compulsory, and better education regarding shared road use. Yet it’s come despite a huge increase in shared road use; in recent years, there’s been an increase in people commuting to work in urban areas by bicycle. But there are occasions when animal or human fatalities occur, and of course, every fatality on the road is a tragedy. Dealing with its aftermath of serious RTAs is a delicate matter for the emergency services.

Sensitive and effective roadside trauma cleaning from REACT

Legislation and safety standards in the field of roadside trauma cleaning requires deep specialist knowledge. REACT is an industry leader, providing these emergency services to a large proportion of the UK’s police authorities, highways operators and property owners. Indeed, we’re one of the very few firms with cleaning specialists trained in dealing with trauma on the road network, including cleaning in the aftermath of serious injury and fatalities.

We have a team of highly trained, fully certified operators available across the UK 24/7. Our team will move fast to provide a respectful response in every situation. They’ll clean and decontaminate the location, while ensuring the body is handled and passed on with care, compassion and in accordance with the law. And we know that dealing with situations such as these is tough work. That’s why we provide and promote free access to a telephone counselling service for our staff. When the worst happens on the UK roads, REACT is ideally placed to deal with roadside trauma cleaning in the best way possible.

To find out more about REACT Specialist Cleaning and our roadside trauma cleaning service, contact one of the team today.

Post by Shaun D. Doak

Shaun is the CEO of REACT Group plc., a business dedicated to specialist cleaning, hygiene and decontamination. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sector.


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