Across the UK, every field of employment is covered by health and safety regulations. These are intended to guarantee the working environment for everyone concerned. There are many industries that are more potentially hazardous for employees than others, such as those involving chemicals, oil extraction, working from height, or doing maintenance alongside railway tracks.
No matter what the situation, it is a fundamental requirement for the employer to ensure that a thorough risk assessment is undertaken. The consequences of failed health and safety can be serious for both the victim and the negligent employer.
Areas commonly requiring a stringent level of risk assessment include machinery containing moving parts or heavy weights with the potential to crush. Where are there are any zones within a factory or any other place involving vehicles, from vans to forklift trucks, then these areas must be clearly defined and cordoned off.
One aspect of modern life that is giving increasing rise to accidents is the fact that European Union employment laws entitle workers to come to the UK from other European countries who may not have such a good grasp of English. This can lead to confusion when instructions or safety procedures are being relayed.
What are the consequences of failed health and safety?
Failures in health and safety can have a variety of consequences, ranging from injuries to fatalities, as well as damage to property. The key to avoid these situations is to ensure that all workers are fully trained for the tasks that they will be expected to undertake.
There should always be instruction manuals to hand, and any equipment that has been designated as being a potential risk for operators should have appropriate safeguards in place. Maintenance checks should be undertaken regularly to ensure that the reliability of all machinery is kept up-to-date at all times.
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Health and safety issues are paramount throughout every field of industry. If you have found yourself to be the victim of someone else’s negligence, and the incident occurred within the past three years, then Accident Advice Helpline is waiting for your call.
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Date Published: April 8, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Health and safety at work