After the following incidents took place;
Heavy Goods Vehicle ploughs into queue of people at bus stop, number of fatalities reported, driver found to be over the drink drive limit.
Warehouse operative drives forklift truck into racking causing it to collapse killing another operative.
Investigations reveal forklift driver under the influence of drugs.
Office worker attacks fellow workers tow on critical list one dies at scene. Attacker found to be under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
These are of course fictitious headlines but it is not beyond the realms of possibility over the next few months that Company Directors and Health & Safety managers will find themselves facing Corporate Manslaughter charges resulting in, not just an hefty fine, but imprisonment for those deemed responsible.
Remember Ignorance of these issues is no defence against charges of this magnitude.
Can Companies be sure that when the drivers leave their depots early in the morning they are not still under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs from the night before, or that their employees operating machinery or working in the offices have not taken something during their dinner breaks or tea breaks.
They can never be 100% sure, but they can put procedures and testing in place which will ensure that as a company they are doing all that is reasonably practicable to ensure they are meeting their responsibilities.
Gavin Cousins Managing Director of “Galvyn” Training & Consultancy Ltd is concerned at the growing number of employers that appear not to be aware of their responsibilities under the Health & Safety at Work Act and their “Duty of Care” to their employees.
He believes Companies should be using specialist services such as his company provides to carry put random testing for these problems. This would provide a safer working environment for employees and go a long way to ensuring compliance under their “Duty of Care”
If you believe you have problems of this nature and would like help and advice on how to deal with them, then call Gavin or Lynn in total confidence on one of the following numbers 01909 518040 / 0796 867 8670 or drop them a line to;
“Galvyn” Training & Consultancy Ltd
9 Hunters Park