Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Laws on Safety; Bosses Are Urged to Assess Risk

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

New Laws on Safety; Bosses Are Urged to Assess Risk

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Byline: By RON LIVINGSTONE

TOUGH new laws are set to put bosses in the frame over deaths and injuries linked to their workers.

A staggering death rate among people who drive for a living - more than one in four of all road fatalities - has put road safety in the sights of the Corporate Manslaughter Act which comes on to the statute books on April 1.

Road safety chiefs reveal an employee clocking up 20,000 work-linked miles a year is as likely to have a serious accident as somebody who works on a building site.

Neil Ellison, road safety teamleader for Stockton Council which has pioneered a range of training programmes, said: "Managers will have to do risk assessments across the board and that includes the vehicles their employees drive.

"If you are a manager and have staff out on the road you could be liable if that driver has an accident.

"Are you putting that driver at potential risk by ringing his mobile phone?

"Is the car in a dangerous condition - like having a defective tyre? …

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