Occupational safety and health on the road: Gig economy workers are more exposed to driving risks
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 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.
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