In October 2012, ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety Management was launched by the International Standards Organisation. It was designed as a corporate road safety tool ‘for governments, vehicle fleet operators and all organisations worldwide who want to reduce death and serious injury due to road accidents.”
However, disappointing figures have revealed that only a small handful of employers in the UK have achieved the corporate road safety standard accreditation. The British Standards Institute (BSI), which offers the certification services, say they are ‘not disappointed’ by the figures. UK construction and automotive specialist at BSI, Charlotte Broady, explains, “It usually takes a minimum of four years for a new management system standard that is not mandated to gain any significant traction in the market.”
To date, fewer than 10 organisations across the UK have achieved ISO 39001 accreditation, although the exact numbers can’t be confirmed by BSI due to client confidentiality. Of those companies which have already achieved accreditation, FM Conway enjoyed a 60% drop in insurance claims within the first few months of the system going live.
Have you been injured in a road accident whilst driving for work?
Employers have a duty to protect their staff from accidents at work, and if you work for a vehicle fleet operator or any other company which requires you to drive for work purposes, there is the potential for accidents to occur. Companies need to take corporate road safety seriously. Ensuring staff are properly trained and aware of the risks involved in their job role is vital in order to meet their obligations. If you have been injured in an accident whilst driving for work, you may be able to claim compensation if your employer has been negligent.
How does the claims process work?
The first step is to contact Accident Advice Helpline. We’re here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice on your situation and we’ll be able to tell you within 30 seconds whether you have a viable claim. We don’t charge any upfront fees as all our lawyers work on a 100% ‘no win, no fee’ basis. Whether you have suffered whiplash from a road traffic accident or have been left seriously injured and unable to return to work, we can help. Why not pick up the phone and get in touch with us today, to see how we can help you claim the compensation you deserve? We’re open 24/7 and it’s free to call on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.