It’s a fortunate set of circumstances for modern workers that numerous rules and regulations are in place to ensure their safety and to minimise both the likelihood and impact of accidents at work – such as the Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions Act 1956.
Injuries at work can be both physically debilitating and emotionally unsettling. Hence a number of precautions are in place to limit the possibility of claims for work accident compensation.
One of the main Acts in this regard is the Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions Act 1956.
So, what does the Act cover?
In broad terms, the Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions Act covers almost all regulations for securing the health and safety of employees. This includes:
- Lifting excessive weights
- The provision of sanitary conveniences and washing facilities
- Measures for avoiding accidents to children
- Inquests in the case of death by accidents
- The defences available to persons charged with offences
Upon introduction in July, 1956, the Act was described as:
‘An Act to provide for securing the safety, health and welfare of persons employed in agriculture and certain other occupations and the avoidance of accidents to children arising out of the use, in connection with agriculture, of vehicles, machinery or implements; and for purposes connected with the matters aforesaid.’
Given the potential dangers and risk of injury at work in agriculture, posed by both the machinery involved and the work itself, it’s of little surprise that such an Act was introduced.
In fact, it is somewhat concerning that it took quite so long for the Act to come into place. Section one of the Act places the onus and responsibility to protect workers in agriculture from the risk of bodily injury or ill health on their employers.
The Act also included important sections that specifically state the importance of:
- Regularly inspecting and properly maintaining all machinery and equipment
- Proper training and instruction with regard to operating machinery and equipment
- The construction and maintenance of a properly safe working area
The Safety, Health and Welfare Provisions Act spells out in black and white that any employer or organisation who is found to be contravening the rules laid out are guilty of an offence.
There is help available to those who have suffered an accident at work and a subsequent personal injury. One call to the free-phone Accident Advice Helpline service can set you on your way to receiving the accident compensation you deserve. They work on a strict no-win, no-fee basis.
Date Published: November 17, 2013
Author: David Brown