- Employee car damaged. Do we cough up?
One of our employees had their car damaged in our car park. To cut a long story short, we had a trainee fork lift trunk driver collide with a her car. There is a large sign in the car park stating that employee's park at their own risk etc. Question is, are we, the employers still liable to pay for the damages? We've had quotes of £500 for the repairs to her car, which is basically a new headlight and a bumper respray.Posted 10 years agoclubberMember
I think you should pay. Aside from the legalities and morality of it, the message being sent out to your employees if you try and wriggle out of it is that you don't give a s**t about them and that is arguably likely to cost a lot more than £500 in the long run as people remember that sort of thing.
I'd echo the message about letting trainee drivers loose near people's cars though…Posted 10 years ago
The sign is just stating that you're offering no special protection or care for people who park there, so if a client's or employee's car was burgled or vandalised by a third party you've made no special promise to keep it safe. Unlike if it was stated to be a secure/guarded and parking there came with an assurance.
But it was your company's forklift and your company's employee/trainee driving it so of course the company is liable, you'll be liable for anything you damage. Your public liability would cover it wouldn't it?Posted 10 years agomidlifecrashesSubscriber
No question, and not just handing over cash either, unless that's specifically what she wants. Get her a hire car, organise collection and repair of hers, together with a valet and a big bunch of flowers. In the meantime get your finger out and sort your health and safety out before someone gets killed.Posted 10 years agocoffeekingMember
Can't believe anyone is actually asking this question – talk about trying to wriggle out of things. Training drivers in the car park without decent barriers/space? Hoping you can get away with damaging property because you've stuck a disclaimer up – what sort of a company is this?Posted 10 years ago
Thanks all for your responses! To be fair, we were never in disagreement with paying for the damage to her car, but some of the damage the employee was claiming for so minor you had to get a magnifying glass out to see it. I'm not joking here I promise. Also just to point out that the car park was not used as a training area. The driver of the runaway FLT went through a roller shutter door which took 99% impact. It only damaged the car on the exit. Feel sorry for the FLT driver and glad he wasn't hurt himself. He said he hit the accelerator rather than the brake!Posted 10 years agomastiles_fanylionMember
Does it matter if a magnifying glass is needed? If the car was unmarked before, it should be repaired to that standard. And the poor sod is left with a car that has respray on it that rarely matches up to original paintwork and can reduce its second-hand value.
Pay in full, grovel and do whatever is needed to satisfy the employee 100%Posted 10 years ago
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