Life-and-death spreadsheet errors do occur. Two recent spreadsheet errors in the healthcare sector in Scotland and England had impacts beyond mere dollars and cents.
Duty of care
The Alberta Court of Appeal recently revisited the question of directors’ personal liability for injuries sustained in a workplace incident.
Fundamentally, charities are actors in society as are any others. We all have a duty of care to some degree to our neighbors. Indeed, generally the closer the relationship the higher the standard of care one expects. Consequently, charities need to be aware that even in the pursuit of charitable activities, they could be liable if their activities do not take into account the safety and the potential damage of their actions to either their beneficiaries or to their patron donors.