490 work-related deaths were recorded in Ireland between 2010-2019, according to new figures from the Health and Safety Authority.

The figures show that 44%, or 217 of these deaths involved vehicles.

Last year alone, 30 people died in vehicle related incidents at work, according to the figures.

Today, the HSA has launched a new two-week work vehicle safety campaign, which will focus on the management of vehicle risks in the workplace.

These include driving for work, vehicle operations and load securing.

It said inspectors will be concentrating on warehousing and storage operations within transport and logistics companies, distribution and warehousing centres and manufacturing premises with a warehousing component.

They will also be looking to see that safety management systems are in place to reduce risks.

According to the HSA figures, the most common type of fatal incident involved vehicles striking people on foot, some of which occurred during slow speed manoeuvres and reversing, falls from vehicles and parked vehicles rolling out of control.

Deirdre Sinnott, Senior Inspector with the HSA said the risks can be reduced by focusing on key areas.

"Employers should put in place a vehicle risk management policy that covers all vehicle related activities in the workplace.

"This includes not only vehicles operated by employees but also vehicles visiting their premises such as routine deliveries and collections.

"It is vital that procedures are developed and put in place to eliminate and control known risks," she said.

Ms Sinnott added that these procedures should be communicated clearly to employees, contractors and visiting drivers in the workplace.