As a transport professional, you will be aware that the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, states that employers have a statutory duty to carry out an assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their employees’ - including work-related driving activity.
This is vitally important of course -and can help you avoid any nasty situations down the line. And, they can be nasty...
Any fatal road collision is treated by the police as an ‘unlawful killing’ until proven otherwise. This means that, when appropriate, they may need to interview the employee, managers and directors.
Under today’s legislation, if the business has failed to carry out a comprehensive health and safety assessment, thereby failing to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, it is deemed to have contributed to the death or deaths in question.
Directors or Owners could be charged with corporate manslaughter. There’s no need to tell you what that could mean to you and your company.
Any organisation that doesn’t carry out the appropriate assessment is failing to provide the appropriate ‘Duty of Care’.
Just one more point to make here.
Many businesses nowadays, do not offer the traditional company car to employees. They prefer to offer either a monthly payment, a personal contract purchase scheme or allow the employee to use their own car when driving for work.
This does not remove the Businesses Health and Safety responsibilities. There can still be very severe penalties.
So, why take a chance? Contact us now for your FREE initial assessment.