29/11/2018

Occupational safety and health on the road for independent workers with short-term engagements

To understand how safety is taken into account in driving, riding
or cycling for work, European Transport Safety Council conducted a study with
workers engaged in a market segment in which temporary positions are common and
organizations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements; the
so called gig economy. These workers are currently regarded as self-employed
and in most cases carry out the responsibility of health and safety management
themselves.

The findings reveal that self-employed couriers and taxi drivers are more
subjected to the risks of accidents or injuries, as the majority of them do
not receive any safety training in risk management. In addition, they are not
given adequate safety equipment, such as high visibility vest, and are often
incentivised to drive in adverse weather conditions or late at night.

The UCL report, ‘The emerging issues for management of occupational road risk
in a changing economy: A survey of gig economy drivers, riders and their
managers', includes a list of recommendations for companies using self-employed
couriers and taxi drivers to limit the pressure drivers and riders are under.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work