When it comes to fire safety, there really is no way employers should be cutting corners. There are comprehensive guidelines available to employers on how to improve fire safety in the workplace to minimise the risk of fire-related accidents at work.
With that in mind, if you are injured during a company fire drill, and feel you are not to blame, it could be that your employer is liable for the harm you suffered. Especially so if they have failed to provide you with adequate training, or haven’t taken appropriate steps to reduce risk of employees becoming injured during a company fire drill.
How can employers ensure I’m not injured during a company fire drill?
Going back to basics, to minimise the risk of employees being injured during a company fire drill, employers must identify the following:
- The items, issues or substances that could potentially cause an accident or fire
- The risk to workers, who they are, and where they are
Once these elements have been identified, employers must put a plan in place to minimise the risk of employees becoming injured during a company fire drill, by addressing any issues found.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) advise that to minimise risk of employees becoming injured during a company fire drill, employers should:
- Ensure workers receive appropriate fire safety/fire drill training
- Clearly mark fire exits and escapes and always keep them unobstructed
- Keep corridors and workspaces clear of litter and obstruction, encourage good housekeeping
- Review and update your fire safety policy and procedures regularly
I’ve been injured during a company fire drill, can I claim?
If you have suffered injury due to an accident at work, and believe that you are not to blame for the harm you have suffered, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation.
All employers have a legal duty of care to ensure your health and safety while you are at work and undertaking professional duties. When your employer fails to provide adequate training or a safe work environment, they fail in this duty of care and can be held legally liable your work-related injuries or illness.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown