Due diligence. It is a catch-all phrase to end all catch-all phrases.
There is no question that the term “due diligence” is prevalent not only in many occupational safety regulations and in many defenses in court, but such a term has been difficult to codify. Many courts in North America have had this issue before them and very few of them seem to agree on what constitutes due diligence in regards to worksite safety. It is this general subjectiveness of the term that seems to contribute to uneven and inconsistent rulings in many workplace safety cases.