Employees of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been awarded almost £17,000 in compensation for injuries sustained while working for the regulator.
Two workers were awarded payouts, with judges accepting that the safety body had failed to protect its workers from illness or injury.
In 2014, one employee sustained injuries in a faulty lift at the HSE’s Liverpool office and has been awarded compensation of £11,473 plus costs.
Another member of staff who has lost their hearing through a work-related injury has been compensated with £5,000.
Hundreds of complaints
Guidance on the HSE’s website, states: “All workers are entitled to work in environments where risks to their health and safety are properly controlled.
“Under health and safety law, the primary responsibility for this is down to employers.”
However, The Sun newspaper reports that there have been almost 1,764 complaints of workplace injuries and illness made by HSE staff to the safety regulator since 2009.
This is a rate of more than one each week.
According to the newspaper, there have been 368 members of staff injured while employed by the health and safety regulator since 2010.
Documents seen by The Sun detailed a number of incidences when staff had reported concerns including the installation of a gas appliance on HSE premises which was so poorly fitted that it risked a “potential explosion”.
Furthermore, 35 incidents on the list are classified as so serious that they have been added to the HSE’s national database of serious industrial accidents and diseases.
Failure to meet targets
The newspaper also reports that managers for the Executive have reached only 25 of their 69 safety targets.
An HSE spokesman told the newspaper that it performs well in terms of health and safety when compared to overall levels.
The spokesman added: “We’re committed to continuously improving our practices.”
Reference: The Sun
Date Published: December 5, 2017
Author: Jackie Kingsley