According to recent research conducted by a AXA Insurance, many businesses are failing to take even basic steps when protecting themselves against the risk of prosecution in the event of an accident.
The research canvassed over 300 businesses operating at least one van and found that just under half were completely unaware of the term corporate manslaughter, despite the fact that it was introduced more than five years ago.
Along with the widespread lack of awareness, the research unveiled three main areas of concern in the way businesses manage their van fleets: insufficient administration and record keeping in relation to both the vehicles and their drivers, unchecked damage to body work and windscreens and casual approach to essential vehicle maintenance.
By failing to properly look after their vehicles both administratively and mechanically, businesses are leaving themselves exposed to potential risks and open to claims of negligence.
The key findings of the research include:
For more information about keeping your company vans and drivers safe read the relevant HSE guidance.
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