Home Menu Search

Company fined after driver died at wheel

1 July 2006

AIRSO recently reported that an employer had been fined for breaching Health & Safety legislation when one of its employees died behind the wheel having been working for long hours. The offence, thought to be the first of its kind cost the firm £30,000 plus £24,000 costs and has serious implications for companies who know their employees work long hours either while driving or in the office and do nothing to manage the practice. This employee died when he fell asleep at the wheel of his car on the way home after working 76 hours in four days, drifting into the path of an oncoming lorry.

There is an important issue also that it makes no difference whether the vehicle is own by the company or the individual.

Changes to the law in respect of Corporate Manslaughter in the near future could have even more serious consequences for employers if they do not seek to manage the road risk of their employees and indeed themselves.

Related news, events and information

Urgent action is needed to reduce fatal and serious crashes at work.

7 January 2020 – Urgent action is needed to tackle the stagnation in the number of people killed or injured in collisions...

Fatigue Management important for fleets

2 April 2020 – A widely reported case has led to renewed call for fleets to adopt fatigue management policies after Renown...

Driver Risk Management during the COVID 19 Outbreak

25 March 2020 – Relaxation of drivers' hours rules The UK Government has relaxed drivers' hours rules, in the context of the...

Improved training would cut down on work-related crashes

16 December 2008 – A total of 55,000 work-related car accidents a year could be avoided if drivers were better trained, according...

Health and Safety Executive - New Driving for Work Guidance

23 September 2021 – The Health and Safety Executive launched its improved and expanded guidance for the way manage those who drive...

Motorway crash broken neck victim uses experience to transform employer into road safety fleet champion

23 February 2010 – Suffering a broken neck in a road crash has given fleet manager Leigh Stiff a unique insight into why all...

Fleets remain vulnerable to Corporate Manslaughter Act

26 March 2009 – Almost one year since the Corporate Manslaughter Act came into force many small businesses are leaving...

RoSPA launches working time regulations consultancy

11 September 2009 – Firms are being offered a helping hand to meet the demands of working time rules with a new service from the...

British Library achieves Driving for Better Business champion status

26 May 2010 – British library 'books' zero crash statistics to achieve Driving for Better Business champion status. It is...