The ‘black cloud syndrome’

One of the fundamental skills of anyone responsible for fleet safety management is the ability to connect and engage with drivers in order to promote driver safety and wellbeing. However, all too often line managers are catapulted into running a fleet from another part of the business, and as a result end up focussing on... Continue Reading →

Safety goes to Hollywood: What Cary Grant can teach us about risk assessments

He’s one of the most famous and celebrated actors of all time, he was an idol to millions and has an instantly recognisable voice. However, what you may not know about Hollywood legend Cary Grant is that he can teach us a lot about risk assessments! That’s right, there’s a direct link between the man... Continue Reading →

Reading danger: How poor literacy leads to accidents in the workplace

Literacy is the ability to read, write and understand a particular language. It is the foundation of our education system. Within the workplace there are subject or industry specific literacies such as health literacy, financial literacy, computer literacy and OSH literacy. In this article, which originally appeared in RoSPA’s OS&H Journal, David Magee discusses the... Continue Reading →

Compensation culture – Could it be a good thing?

‘Compensation culture’. In recent years these two words have become joined at the hip. They conjure up a society of serial claimants, egged on by shyster lawyers to adopt a “where there’s a blame there’s a claim” approach to life. However there’s some debate whether this compensation (or claims) culture actually exists, or whether, as... Continue Reading →

Corporate manslaughter: Are bigger fines and custodial sentences really the answer?

I had never considered how the words of Gilbert and Sullivan operas had become embedded in our language, but had a faint recollection of school musical productions such as the Mikado, from which the words “let the punishment fit the crime” and “short sharp shock” echoed. These phrases are now commonly linked to meting out... Continue Reading →

Human error: the biggest cause of crashes

"All of a sudden a car came from nowhere!" - Sound familiar? Car crashes happen every day in every country in the world, and we often insist on blaming external factors. However, the reality is that it’s often us at fault. In fact, it’s estimated that 95 per cent of crashes are actually due to... Continue Reading →

The hidden costs of collisions: how fleet audits could save you more than money

As most of you will be aware, a Fleet Risk Audit refers to the process of gathering work related road safety information and then acting upon it. While this might sound fairly simple, the difficult part for many organisations is maintaining a record or paper trail of all of the steps taken that demonstrate how... Continue Reading →

The aftermath of an accident – an employer’s guide

According to the HSE, driving a vehicle for work related activities is the single most dangerous task that most of us will do on a daily basis. Of course, these are comparative levels of risk. If your job involves deep sea fishing or climbing up trees with chainsaws buzzing away, well that’s obviously pretty risky!... Continue Reading →

Somebody’s son: 5 ways to keep Dad safe this Father’s Day

Novelty socks, kitsch ceramic mugs, yet another new pair of slippers – most years, Father’s Day can end up feeling more like Groundhog Day. This year, however, we’d like you to put the cards aside for a moment and instead spare a thought for some of the dads who went off to work one morning... Continue Reading →

5 reasons to Stop ‘n’ Learn at #SHExpo 2015

350 exhibitors, 15,000 safety professionals and only 3 days. That’s not to mention the stellar list of guest speakers, the IOSH 2015 conference or the annual RoSPA Awards If you’ve visited the Safety and Health Expo before, you’ll know that there’s an awful lot to see and do and not a great amount of time... Continue Reading →

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