Every workplace should be safe for its workers to get on with their jobs without fear of anything going wrong or anything happening that could endanger the lives of those involved. This is why there are health and safety laws, as these provide a framework for employers to follow. It therefore, becomes easy for any employer to know what they must do and when to be able to ensure their workers are safe.
Unfortunately there are isolated cases where ignored safety protocols lead to accidents happening. Safety protocols are in place to make sure workers are always safe and that nothing can go wrong in the workplace. However, when such protocols are ignored, this immediately raises the chances of something going wrong.
Why are ignored safety protocols so dangerous?
Think of machinery for a moment. Machinery will always have safety switches and protocols in place that make it safe to use. However, if these protocols are bypassed or ignored, the machinery can then become potentially dangerous to all those who use or repair it. Since injuries can potentially be very serious, there is a clear danger present that could easily be negated.
Thankfully very few companies fall foul of the health and safety laws in any way, including in this particular way. It is unfortunate that when they do ignore the laws it can potentially result in injuries for the unfortunate workers who are involved. This often leads to a prosecution in the courts for the directors involved with the company.
Staying safe at work
Every employee has a right to be safe while doing their work. If a machine is found to be unsafe to use this should be fixed before the worker uses it again. However, in some cases the worker may not be aware – perhaps because of a potential lack of training – that the machine is unsafe in the first place. The first indication they get could well be an injury.
If you are ever hurt in an accident of this nature, make sure you come direct to Accident Advice Helpline. We can provide you with no-obligation advice so you can work out where you stand with regard to what happened. Our tailored advice is available now on 0800 689 0500 and we will assess your case to determine whether compensation could be payable. Why not make that phone call to us today?
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Health and safety at work