A vehicle is a workplace and falls under the definition of premises in Section 1 of the OHS Act. ‘Premises’, includes any building, vehicle, vessel or aircraft. This in turn means that all vehicles are not just roadworthy, as required under the road traffic regulations (RTA Section 49 (d)), but safe in every respect.
In the event of incident, the onus is on employers to adopt the following:
Case study example
A driver seatbelt is reported – in writing – to be non-functional where the inertia-reel mechanism has failed. No action is taken to repair the seatbelt. The vehicle is involved in a collision that results in personal injury to the driver who can now institute a claim under the OHS act for safety negligence at a workstation.
National Road Traffic Act Sec 49 (c) requires an operator to exercise proper control over drivers.
The top and best practice protocol is zero alcohol within company’s employment conditions. Employers should introduce alcohol testing as part of standard policies and procedures as part of the employment contract.
In the event of any road crash incident where there is an injury the employer must investigate and report this to the under the OHS Act to the Department of Labour.
There are three risks to employers: