Every now and then you might come across stories in the news relating the story of reckless health and safety practices discovered to have been in place at a particular business. This might relate to a restaurant that didn’t follow food safety procedures. It could equally relate to a building company that did not ensure its workers were safe in every job they did.
Fortunately reckless health and safety practices are rare and the majority of employers in all businesses take every conceivable step to make sure they do not put their workers – or their customers – in any danger at all. Of course there will always be isolated cases where this is not the case, and in these instances there is the potential for an outbreak of food poisoning, a severe accident where one or more people are seriously injured, and other incidents that might also occur.
Why is health and safety so important?
Health and safety applies in every workplace you can think of. From the smallest café to the largest restaurant, a B&B to a large hotel and a builder constructing a brick wall to a large building site – they all have to adhere to health and safety rules. This helps to keep everyone safe, whether they are working or using the business in some other way.
When things do go wrong the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will typically be called in to determine what happened. They will look for any evidence that exists that shows the business was reckless in its adherence to health and safety laws. If this is the case they will look to prosecute that company or business and this could potentially lead to a fine.
Avoiding reckless health and safety practices
There is really no reason why a particular business should indulge in reckless health and safety procedures of any kind. In some larger businesses a specific health and safety officer or even department might be present. In smaller businesses an individual might take care of everything. In any event the employer is ultimately responsible.
If you’ve been injured or fallen ill and you think someone was to blame in these circumstances, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now. Our service has been running for many years and we do everything we can to support those who have been affected in circumstances like these.
Date Published: July 12, 2015
Author: Rob Steen
Category: Health and safety at work