One of London’s leading independent waste management companies has been recognised for the ‘outstanding measures’ it has taken to improve the safety of its vehicle fleet.
O’Donovan Waste Management picked up the ‘Small and medium-sized enterprise award’ at the 2016 PRAISE awards in Brussels on 19 October.
Organised by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), the PRAISE awards highlight the achievements of companies that are working to drive down road collisions across the continent.
O’Donovan Waste Management, which employs more than 140 staff, was commended for its strong leadership and the way it looks to set the industry standard.
The PRAISE judges said: “O’Donovan have demonstrated strong leadership from the top down and are acting as passionate champions for work-related road risk management. They are aiming not just to be an example of best practice, but to set the industry standard.”
ETSC says that using the road for business is the leading cause of work-related deaths and injuries. It is estimated that in Europe six out of ten work accidents resulting in death are road crashes, including both crashes while driving for work and commuting.
ETSC also points to data from the DfT which shows that in the UK, people who drive for work are up to 40% more likely than other drivers to be involved in a collision.
Antonio Avenoso, executive director, ETSC said: “Today we are recognising companies and organisations that are taking responsibility for driving down road collisions.
“We hope their leadership will inspire companies large and small to step up and do their bit to prevent crashes. These crucial efforts mean fewer injuries and deaths, but also fewer insurance claims and reduced costs. Road safety is truly good for business.”