Personal Injury Claims as a result of Health and Safety at Work Failings
Posted on 22nd August 2019 at 16:18
Whatever profession you find yourself in, whilst at work, as an employee, you are owed a duty of care by your employer. This duty of care is governed specifically by the Health and Safety at Work Act, of 1974. This Act states that employers are to follow a set standard towards employees which include the following:
- To ensure there is a safe system (also referred to as ‘plant’) of work, that is safely maintained.
- To provide adequate training, specific to the tasks being carried out. This also includes being trained on how to use certain systems, programmes and machinery.
- To provide protective clothing and equipment, where required. For example, supplying protective gloves when handling chemical products to prevent contamination or burns.
- To appoint a competent Health and Safety Officer within the work place, who issues concerning health and safety can be reported to.
- To ensure there is sufficient information, and instruction, available in relation to the work being carried out. There should also be appropriate supervision in place.
Follow the link to the Act, for more information: http://www.hse.gov.uk/legislation/hswa.htm.