Health and safety is an issue that affects most of us to some degree, and is a subject of great debate, especially as the media tend to focus on bizarre examples of health and safety and stories, which suggest that perhaps the health and safety officers have gone a little too far. The reality is that we need health and safety guidelines to reduce the number of accidents at work and public place incidents, but there are some stories that make you question whether we are living in a health and safety proofed bubble.
Preventing work accidents and public place injuries or taking it too far: Case study – wheelchair user refused entry
One story that fuels the argument that health and safety has overruled common sense is that of Graham Bolger, a disabled man who was refused entry into a Dublin nightclub because he was in a wheelchair. Mr Bolger was turned away at the door, despite telling the doorman than he had been using the chair for more than eight years and had never been refused entry to anywhere before.
In light of the incident, which attracted hundreds of comments on social media sites, the club issued a grovelling apology and insisted that the doorman in question had been fired, but Mr Bolger’s case is not an isolated one.
In response to the issue of wheelchair users being banned from clubs, the Health and Safety Executive issued a statement confirming that there were no health and safety laws, which prevent wheelchair users from being able to access nightclubs, and encouraged bars to do their best to accommodate disabled clients or issue an explanation as to why the recommended modifications cannot be made.
What if I have had an accident at work and it wasn’t my fault?
Many accidents can be prevented, but sometimes, a person suffers work-related injuries and they are not to blame. In this case, they should be entitled to claim work accident compensation. Compensation is designed to benefit those who have suffered through no fault of their own. It is not a means of enabling people to claim money which they are not entitled to.
If you’ve been injured at work, or you had a slip, trip or fall, and you can prove that it was not your fault, you may be eligible for compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today to discuss the details of your case with an adviser. They are a reputable law firm with over 13 years of experience in handling an array of claims, from travel accident compensation to car crash claims. To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: December 11, 2013
Author: David Brown