Some jobs require more supervision than others. The more technical a job is the more likely it is some degree of supervision will be required. However there are instances where supervision will always be required, most commonly when someone starts a job for the first time. They will be unfamiliar with the job they have to do, and supervision means they can learn the ropes without being put in any danger or getting into a position that could involve them doing the wrong things.
A lack of supervision at work does occasionally happen. However in some cases it can lead directly to a potential incident that causes the person doing the job to suffer an injury of some kind. When this happens they may suffer an injury that could change their life. They might also find themselves in a situation where they could sue for compensation from their employer.
Is it common for there to be a lack of supervision at work?
No – the majority of employers take every conceivable step to ensure their workers always have a safe workplace to be in. This may include the provision of a supervisory role in some cases. For example when someone is new to a job they would not expect to be left to their own devices if the job involves operating machinery.
In some cases that have led companies to end up in court charged with health and safety offences, a lack of supervision has been found to be the root cause of an accident. This is an error that should never be made, especially in situations where someone is at potential risk by being allowed or left to work on their own.
What kinds of injuries can occur in these situations?
Sometimes the potential for injuries can be quite severe. One man lost the tip of his finger in the machinery he was using as a consequence of being left alone and not being properly supervised or trained in using that machinery. This is just one example – there have been others where someone has been subjected to an injury that may have been prevented if they had not been left to fend for themselves.
Clearly there are situations in which lives can be irrevocably changed as a consequence of injuries like these. Accident Advice Helpline can help – call 0800 689 0500 to learn more.
Date Published: May 30, 2015
Author: Rob Steen