One of the most serious issues when it comes to road safety is injuries and deaths involving those riding or driving for work. The Strategic Review of the Management of Occupational Road Risk, a report commissioned by RoSPA, looks at how employers effectively manage road safety risks for their staff and how this has progressed.
Between 2006 and 2014, over 40,000 people have been seriously injured and 4,726 killed in accidents on the road at work (this doesn’t include commuting). In fact, almost 30% of road traffic accident deaths were due to accidents involving at least one person driving for work. The review made a number of recommendations to improve work-related safety on the roads, including:
- Taking steps to ensure that work-related road safety receives the same attention as general workplace health and safety
- Evaluating the efficacy of different ways of managing occupational road risk
- Carrying out more research into how effective monitoring technology and in-car data records are
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety for RoSPA, commented, “This review further emphasises the need for the awareness of the management of occupational road risk (MORR) to be raised and given the priority it deserves. RoSPA will lead an MORR stakeholder forum in the autumn to help develop an action plan.”
Injuries sustained in road traffic accidents at work should be afforded the same priority as those sustained on work premises and sites – changes will need to be implemented to ensure this happens.
Injured in an accident at work?
If you’ve been injured whilst driving as part of your job, you may not think you’re eligible to claim compensation. Actually, your employer is responsible for ensuring your safety whenever you are carrying out the duties of your role – whether that’s on-site at your work premises or driving as part of your job. If you feel your employer has been negligent – for example, if they have failed to maintain vehicles to a safe standard – you could claim compensation. Keep any evidence relating to your accident, such as photographs of your injuries and contact a personal injury lawyer for advice.
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Date Published: July 21, 2014
Author: David Brown