How dangerous is the environment you work in? Some jobs are naturally more potentially dangerous than others. For example a police officer could be involved in potentially dangerous work environments, whereas an office worker is unlikely to be in any situations that could be perceived as potentially dangerous.
The key to remember is that even when a job does involve situations like these, the situations are assessed ahead of time to ensure workers are in no more danger than is absolutely necessary. If this is not the case and someone is injured as a result, there is a chance they could be hurt and suffer injuries that were not their fault.
Are dangerous work environments common in today’s world?
No they’re not, and this is due in part to the presence of strong health and safety laws. Every business, whatever industry it is in, has a duty to ensure it provides a safe workplace for its workers to do their jobs in every single day. This is done with the aid of risk assessments for all manner of different situations. It is also done through the use of practical means.
For example if you deal with chemicals you would be given protective equipment to ensure those chemicals could not get on your skin or be breathed in. Working with asbestos would require protective equipment, for example. In this sense an environment may only be dangerous to work in if it has not been risk-assessed and workers are not properly prepared to work in that environment.
Could you be injured in a dangerous environment?
Yes this could certainly happen, as would be the case with the asbestos example above if proper breathing equipment was not provided. However, it might also be the case that other environments could be potentially harmful for all kinds of different reasons. For instance working in among fork lift trucks would be potentially dangerous if pedestrians were not given their own area to move around in safely alongside the trucks.
As you can see, some injuries might potentially be caused through a lack of health and safety in the workplace. If this happens to you, call us at Accident Advice Helpline. When you can get in touch on 0800 689 0500 you have a chance to speak with us about your accident so we can determine whether you could claim any compensation.
Date Published: June 18, 2015
Author: David Brown