The Occupational Road Safety Alliance (ORSA) is an alliance of police forces, trade unions, employers, local authorities and trade and professional associations. Its aim is to raise awareness of road safety at work and help businesses to manage road safety risks more efficiently.
Founded on 29th April 2002, the ORSA was once made up of just 40 organisations, but today comprises more than 150 organisations. Its main aims are to:
- Organise events
- Promote the exchange of information
- Establish common goals
- Encourage joint working
Figures from research carried out by the Health & Safety Executive show that between 25 and 33% of serious and fatal injuries in road traffic accidents involve someone driving for work purposes. In 2004, between 10,175 and 13,152 people were injured or killed whilst driving at work.
ORSA firmly believes that all UK employers, no matter how large or small, should take occupational road risk very seriously and develop a systematic approach to reducing risk by:
- • Setting road safety objectives and communicating these clearly to everyone
- • Introducing new safety measures after risk assessment
- • Learning from accidents/incidents
- • Gathering key safety data on drivers, vehicles, crashes etc.
- • Completing regular performance reviews
Have you been injured in an accident at work?
When we speak about ‘accidents at work’, we don’t just mean at your place of work. If you drive for a living – for example if you’re an estate agent, a parcel courier or a taxi driver, or if you regularly drive a company car for other reasons, you’re ‘at work’ whenever you are driving. If you’ve been injured in an accident whilst on the road for work purposes, it’s important to establish whether anyone else is to blame. It may be that another driver caused the accident, or perhaps the vehicle you were driving in has not been properly serviced and maintained. A personal injury lawyer can help you to establish who (if anyone) is to blame for your accident, and help you to decide whether you wish to claim compensation.
Claiming compensation for occupational road traffic accidents
The first step towards making a successful claim for compensation is to contact a personal injury lawyer you can trust. Choose Accident Advice Helpline, as we’ve helped hundreds of customers claim compensation for accidents at work, including occupational road traffic accidents. Because we’ve been in business for 14 years, and because we specialise in personal injury compensation, you know you can trust us. We’re also highly recommended by our patron, UK consumer champion and TV personality Esther Rantzen. Call our freephone 24/7 helpline today to see how we can help you.
Date Published: September 9, 2014
Author: David Brown