Driving for Work - Why Safety Should be Your First Concern
Whether your work involves operating or driving machinery on or off-site, it's vital to make sure that your personal safety is protected, both by your employer and through their and your actions. People who drive for work are often subject to tight schedules and quotas, putting pressure on to get there on time or to move merchandise quicker.
Whatever your role as a driver entails, safety should be your first concern. No matter where you work, your employer is duty-bound to ensure a safe place of work; this includes maintaining safe vehicles and machinery. Safety of staff is of paramount importance and should always be the first concern of workmates, employers and sub-contractors alike.
What are Your Employer's Responsibilities?
Your employer must give you a safe place of work and provide you with safe systems of work. What does this mean in practice?
- All equipment, machinery and vehicles you operate or drive have to be properly maintained, inspected and be fit for use.
- It’s your employer’s responsibility to make sure that you’ve had adequate training and supervision to do your job.
- If you are driving for work, you must have the required licence or training to do so.
- All safety procedures should be known to all staff and regular updating and refreshing of skills should be the norm.
- They also need to have systems in place that protect you as far as possible, from risk of injury.
- Employers must make sure that driving hours, rest times and breaks are adhered to and they should never direct an employee to cut short driver rest periods.
Vehicle Risks at Work
Althought a lot of people drive for work on public roads, a lot of risks for drivers at work happen within the workplace and not always at high speeds either. Accidents involving reversing vehicles and slow speed manoeuvres are common. The Vehicles at Work website also notes coupling and uncoupling and loading, unloading and load securing as some of the biggest risk areas when it comes to vehicle accidents and fatalities at work.
Vehicle Accidents and Personal Injury Claims
When it comes to driving, the workplace may be on a public road or on-site. A machinery or vehicle accident at work can have many implications. Often people suffer ongoing physical consequences including longer term pain and injury. They may also suffer loss of income and incur medical expenses. Sometimes people initially feel reluctant about addressing a work injury as they don’t want to “cause any trouble” or they underestimate the effects an injury may have on them into the future. There are however, times when those repsonsible for drivers at work, have failed to protect the health and safety of their staff in the workplace and may have been negligent in their duty. In these cases, an employee may feel the need to make a personal injury* claim.
Legal Advice from Pilar
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We will listen and treat you with respect and dignity, no matter who you are or what your background is. We talk in plain English and steer clear of jargon. We have extensive experience of the insurance industry and our experts can give you sound advice on your case. We will work with you in all areas of your claim.
We will work directly on your behalf, negotiating the legal system for you. We can provide expert witnesses with extensive experience of personal injury* cases. We work with the best medical professionals in relation to medical reports. We work with the most experienced network of barristers available. We are a nationwide network and work with clients throughout Ireland.
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