Occupational Road Risk
Company ORR programmes can be daunting for the individual or team tasked with providing a solution. It takes a great deal of specialist knowledge and time and can take key personnel away from their core duties.
What is duty of care?
“A requirement that a person act toward others and the public with watchfulness, attention, caution and prudence that a reasonable person in the circumstances would. If a person’s actions do not meet this standard of care then the acts are considered negligent, if this is proved in court damages and compensation may be awarded for the breach”
The corporate manslaughter bill due to apply from April 2008 makes it clear that any non compliance with the legislation as it applies to any employees driving any vehicle on company business will be dealt with extremely severely. This means that companies may be held responsible for accidents.
Courts will be highly unsympathetic to any plea stating, “we could not afford the additional costs”
In this aspect as in many others concerning the health, safety and welfare of employees, the cost of getting it wrong is far more than the cost of getting it right!
We can see that we owe a duty of care to our employees; we also have to abide by the laws that govern and guide us in the workplace.