I was talking yesterday with my friend and said to him that I did not understand why businesses did not care about the big money they could lose.
“What do you mean?”, said my friend
“Corporate Manslaughter Legislation” was my response.
“Ah, that. I think that it they believe that it will not happen to them? You know what, maybe I will write about it.”
Today he sent me this blog and wrote:
“Nigel, everybody should do his best. I have written about how I see this Corporate Manslaughter Legislation and how it could affect a business”
He puts it in this way:
-”The guy about your vehicle fleet is here.”
-”Send him in. No wait! Get him to wait for 5 minutes. Then bring him in. And bring me a coffee.”
-”And for him?”
-”Nothing. Let him ask for it himself.”
-”Are you sure?”
-”Yes. This way he will finish quicker, and I can get on with something else!”
Five minutes later, the hesitating knocking came through the door.
-”Good Morning, Sir”
-”Of course, Nigel. How can I help you?”
-”It’s not a question of you helping me.”
-”So why are you here?”
-”Well, Mr. Davids, if you give me just five minutes..?”
Mr. Davids went to the wall and wrote down the “now” time: 14:22
-”I am listening.”
But he did not listen too carefully to what this sales person could sell him.
He thought about the weekend that was just 3 hours away.
With that in mind, who could listen to what this “Corporate Manslaughter” is about?
Being in the small village, sleeping a good three hours without phones. And tomorrow going to fish in the nearby river! Wouldn’t it all be just nice?
-”And sometimes the management could be prosecuted because of those mistakes.”
-”Mr. Davids, didn’t you listen?”
-”Of course I did. But you see, just now it’s not relevant.”
-”I think that it is relevant.”
-”Yeh, yeh. I will be contacting you.”
-”At least take my card?”
-”Leave it with my secretary.”
The weekend was great, but…
Mr. Davids hated buts. Though he knew it could happen, he KNEW it happened to others.
But this “but” happened to him.
On his way back to home, his car ran of oil.
He was sure that he asked his daughter to check it.
But here he was with zero oil and the red lamp on.
Should he continue those last 6 miles, or should he wait until tomorrow so that the tow truck could take him to the town.
He decided to go on.
And he was right.
Nothing really happened.
Just half a mile before his home, the engine blew up.
“It is so unfair,” thought Mr. Davids. “All this distance that I drove and nothing happened. And now, this close it had to blow up?”
There was nothing to do but go home on foot.
This night Mr. Davids had a bad dream:
| Alex Johnson took the pool company car; he had to take Mr. Davids to the airport.
| -”Alex, did you check the car?”
| -”Of course, boss.”
| And off they went.
| Only near the airport, Alex finds that he has no brakes. The car swerved from side to side.
| In the end it was stopped by the brown delivery van, because Alex could not turn it quickly enough.
| Their car stopped, but the van turned over and smashed into the motorist who was taking his pregnant wife to the Hospital.
| Six years later, Mr. Davids came out of the jail and came to “his” office.
| -”Mr. Davids, do you really believe that you have a job here?” – asked him his former secretary?
Mr. Davids woke up wet.
He could not get back to sleep that night.
He thought about what COULD happen.
It was first time in his life that he thought that others could make him guilty.
If only he had listened to what that person had to say about Corporate Manslaughter Legislation
He was lucky that his secretary had saved the phone number and he called Nigel immediately…
My friend was writing this blog and thinking to himself: Why do some people think that they know better about things they are not proficient in?
My friend had to ask me many questions, before he wrote the blog.
However, this Mr. Davids “Knew” all the answers BEFORE he heard me!
I hope that he is right and nothing will happen…
Everybody should do the things they are best at – managers should manage and not try to calculate the risks they do not understand.
“We can give you a good night’s sleep. We WILL help ensure that nothing will happen to your vehicles.”
I would like to thank Jack Kuperman for his view on Corporate Manslaughter Legislation.
Fleet Risk Consultants