Companies should overhaul their lone worker health and safety strategy to help reduce their risk of accidents and court prosecutions.
The call comes from the lone worker branch of a trade body that represents Britain’s private security sector.
New guidance on prosecutions
The British Security Industry Association’s (BSIA) is warning firms that the Sentencing Council’s leaders have issued fresh guidance in relation to corporate manslaughter and health and safety.
Companies who do not re-evaluate their health and safety system risk a employee’s death or injury, says BSIA’s chairman of the lone worker department, Craig Swallow.
He says such oversights could result in heavy fines or personal prosecution of directors.
Mr Swallow says the new guidance makes it key to consider the welfare of lone workers or staff who do not benefit from direct supervision.
Corporate manslaughter advice changes
The courts will consider its advice when sentencing an individual or business on all corporate manslaughter and health and safety breaches.
The guidance will apply to businesses who hire some of Britain’s 6 million lone workers. These firms are required by law to keep these employees safe.
Bosses should make sure that lone workers have all they need to work by themselves in a safe fashion, including the appropriate data, training and resources, and have policies in place to handle a lone employee who is flagging an emergency or suffering an accident.
Employers should also know their own legal obligations and make sure that risk assessments are undertaken and policies put in place to ensure lone employees can enjoy an environment that is safe to work in
Date Published: December 2, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown