Driving For Work – 5 Tips For Employers

Author:Mr Deirdre O'Mahony
Profession:Arthur Cox

Driving for work caused the most workplace fatalities in 2015.  Health and Safety Authority (HSA) statistics show that, of 55 workplace fatalities in 2015, 21 involved vehicles.

How can you manage the risks of driving for work?

Remember that 'place of work' is defined (under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act) to include vehicles, meaning you may be liable for accidents to employees driving for work and this liability may be criminal and / or civil. Identify risks faced by your workforce, including risks to workers driving for purposes ancillary to their principal work activities (for example, attending off site meetings) as well as professional drivers, and third parties, including other road users and pedestrians. Assess those risks, including the safety and suitability of vehicles (and any...

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