“Driving isthe most dangerous work activity that most people do, every time someone drives for work they are at the same risk of death through a road traffic accident as those in traditional high risk industries such as mining or construction”.
- That statement comes from The Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), how often, if asked would you place driving in that category?
Health and Safety Law guidelines ‘Driving at Work’ state that “health and safety law applies to on-the-road activities and the risks should be effectively managed within a health and safety system”.
The Corporate Manslaughter Bill and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force 6th April 2008 and for the first time, companies can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures.
Question “How does this affect me?”
Answer “Basically if you have people driving for you or your company and they are injured or killed whilst carrying out their duties then you could be legally held responsible”.
If however you have given them extra training or risk assessment in line with their duties then you would not be liable for them in the same way.
The following are an example list of drivers who could benefit from fleet risk assessment and training.
This list is not complete but if you employ or are responsible for anyone in a similar role then you need to think about the best way to meet your obligations.
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