Monday, 30 June 2008

Take care with charity events

Shropshire companies planning out-of-office fundraising events are being urged to make sure they don’t fall foul of the law.

“Even though it’s a non-business activity carried out in non-business time, both employment and health and safety legislation will apply,” said Graham Davies, our Senior Partner.

“This means that the company is under an obligation to take reasonable care of any employees who are going to participate, including directors. And if one of your employees causes an accident which results in someone else getting hurt, then the company will be held liable.”

Graham urged Shropshire companies to weigh up the risks of any planned activities, such as sponsored walks, bike rides or other activity-based fundraisers, against the potential benefits.

Companies should also ensure that their insurance policies covered non-work activities, or take out additional cover for specific events.

“Something else the company must do in order to avoid potential problems is to check out any equipment staff may plan to use, to ensure it complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act.

“Although this might seem like overkill, both the company and its directors can’t be too careful when it comes to the health and safety of its employees. Directors can be sued personally if their negligence has caused an injury.”