Risk assessments are an important part of any business. The idea is that they are performed before any particular job is completed. For example perhaps a warehouse needs some roof repairs completed. Before the roofers begin the work a risk assessment should be performed to assess where the potential risks may lie. The assessment can therefore, provide direction in how to plan the work so the workers can use the proper methods and procedures that will ensure safety throughout.
When incomplete risk assessments are performed this may lead to a situation where the employees are at risk of having an accident. For example it may fail to identify the risks associated with a skylight in the roof, in the example given above. This may in turn lead to a worker falling through the skylight in an incident that could have been prevented.
Surely incomplete risk assessments are better than none at all?
You would think so, but this is not the case. The only way a risk assessment can be useful is if it is done properly and fully. Indeed it can be more dangerous if there is an incomplete assessment made of a situation. This is because it can lead those involved to wrongly assume everything is perfectly safe and has been assessed for safety in advance.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of a number of companies to have dealt with cases brought to our attention by people who have sustained injuries at work due to incomplete risk assessments. In such situations there is the risk that people could be seriously injured and may sometimes even experience life-changing injuries.
The importance of assessing all potential risks
As you can see, every employer has a clear duty of care to adhere to with regard to risk assessments. If they are to keep their workers safe they must ensure the assessments are done properly and thoroughly. If this does not happen there could be an increased chance of something going wrong which could in turn lead to injuries for one or more employees.
If you have already been through an accident at work within the last three years and you believe negligence was to blame, you should call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 now. The sooner you call the sooner you might find out whether you could get compensation for your work injuries.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown
Category: Health and safety at work