Safety failings at work can potentially be very serious indeed. Think of the potential consequences that could occur if a person does not receive adequate training for the job they are tasked to do.
Imagine what might happen if protective equipment is not provided for them. Imagine the potential outcome if a person does not work according to the safest methods available for the job at hand.
These are all possibilities and thankfully for the most part they do not translate into reality. Employers know they have a duty of care to prevent injuries caused by safety failings.
If they are found guilty of health and safety breaches it can cost them a huge fine. Furthermore it may have led to injury or even death for one or more employees, although thankfully this type of outcome is very rare indeed, especially nowadays.
Most potential hazards can be easily identified through the use of risk assessments. Every business should use these to ensure there is no danger posed to the worker that could be avoided. For the most part the majority of businesses do indeed follow the proper procedures to ensure everyone is safe.
How bad might injuries be?
Injuries can vary between very minor ones to major ones that may take a long time to recover from. For example, to take things from one extreme to the other, you might end up with a bruise or a cut, or in a more serious accident you could lose a digit or a limb.
It all depends on the nature of the accident and what occurs. Thankfully very few serious accidents or fatalities occur in the workplaces across the UK today. This is due in part to the presence of the Health and Safety Executive.
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Date Published: April 6, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Health and safety at work