Today, the police treat the scene of a fatal road collision as an ‘unlawful killing’ and, if appropriate, may interview the employee, managers and directors. Under today’s legislation, if the company’s actions – or lack of them – is deemed to have contributed to the incident, company representatives may be charged with manslaughter.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers have a statutory duty – they are required – ‘ to carry out an assessment of the risks to the health and safety of their employees’ and that ‘includes any driving activity on the road’
On average, 65% of all company vehicles will be involved in a road incidence within the next 12 months and that average vehicle repair costs, following an accident, can range between £750 and £4,500 per claim.
Fewer accidents means:
- No personal injury
- A reduction in the cost of insurance premiums
- Less administration & investigation work
- Dependable vehicle availability
A risk management programme gives:
- Protection from prosecution
- Fuel consumption improvements
- Savings on wear – brakes, tyres, clutch, engine
- Higher vehicle resale value
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