The workplace can very often be an extremely, even if inconspicuously, hazardous environment. Of course, there are places of employment such as factories, mills and construction sites that scream of potential danger to employees’ health and safety. Precautionary guidelines and measures therefore, become necessary to ensure that everyone leaves the workplace safe and sound at the end of the day.
Health and Safety
There are stringent health and safety regulations in place across many countries, most particularly in the UK which is infamous for being arguably almost too strict. The law puts the onus of protecting employees in a workplace on the employers, holding them liable for any oversights or negligence. Where the employers fail in their duties as required by law, they have committed health and safety violations.
There are many things that can lead to a health and safety violation, and any number of parties might be at fault. It could be you who committed it yourself (even if unknowingly), one of your colleagues or your employer. Whatever the reason and whoever the cause, these violations are dangerous as they often result in someone being hurt or even killed.
Here are a few examples of how a health and safety violation might typically occur:
- Failure to use warning signs and notices in and around hazardous areas, such as wet floors, furnaces, holes in the floor and storage places for dangerous materials;
- Failure to provide employees with the necessary safety gear and equipment, such as noise-cancelling ear defenders, protective gloves, hard hats, steel-toed boots and hazard suits if and when required;
- Failure to reduce the employees’ exposure to circumstances that are risky for their health, such as prolonged exposure to excessive sound, radiation, toxic chemicals and hazardous materials;
- Failure to provide sufficient rest, rotation and care for jobs that involve the risk of repetitive stress injuries, such as drilling or typing for long periods of time;
- Failure to take all necessary measures, including a set of safety guidelines, adequate training sessions and quality control checks that could have helped prevent or avoid accidents, injuries, illnesses and even deaths from occurring at the workplace.
The Regulatory Body
It is essential to report any health and safety violations to the proper regulatory authority, in addition to your personal injury claim solicitor. Reporting these violations can help to keep negligent employers honest, force them to reconsider how they conduct business and encourage them to develop and implement strategies that safeguard the health and safety of their employees. Work injury compensation helps employees to recover from the accident, not only physically but psychologically and financially as well.
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you in cases of health and safety violations through expert and professional advice, in addition to helping you with your injury compensation claim. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: January 16, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Health and safety at work