Driver fatigue

Driver fatigue is a serious problem resulting in thousands of road collisions each year. The exact number of sleep and fatigue incidents is difficult to quantify, as many that are fatigue related are blamed on other causes. However, RoSPA estimates that fatigue may be a contributory factor in up to 20%. In addition fatigue related road collisions are about 50% more likely to result in death or serious injury. The symptoms of fatigue, such as lack of alertness are most likely to cause issues on … [Read more...]

Driving for work – long hours culture

Any businesses that has employees; that work long hours, during which they may drive, whilst on Company business, has a duty to take care of those employees. In a recent Court of Appeal case, the court upheld a High Court award for 1 million in damages, after a van driver was left parlayed down one side of his body, after being involved in a road accident, whilst driving on company business. The High Court found that the accident had been caused when the van driver, fell asleep briefly; a … [Read more...]

Driving for Work – The Grey Fleet

This phrase is one that has been coined in recent times, and it refers to a situation where an employee’s own vehicle is being used for business purposes. Following the clarification by the HSE’s Driving at Work’, publication, most employers are now aware that health and safety laws apply to on-the-road work activities, in the same way as to all other work related activity. The risks must therefore, be demonstrably, and effectively managed within an employers health and safety system. In … [Read more...]

Vehicle Maintenance: Health & Safety – What Risk To Employer?

The Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007, came into force in 2008. This landmark piece of legislation, now means that a body corporate can now be charged with corporate manslaughter, if it can be proved that systemic senior management failings, led to a gross beach of a duty of care, and that this breach directly led to the death of individual. Although not part of H&S legislation, the potential effects are inseparable and cannot therefore be considered in isolation, when considering how to … [Read more...]