In your workplace, health and safety is extremely important. It is so important that there is a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) body who produce and regulate the laws regarding health and safety. They also have the power to punish employers who do not comply with them.
One of the things they insist on is that all employers should have is employers liability insurance. The main exception to this rule is government funded organisations, but other employers usually take a policy out for this, and for that the insurance company gives the employers a certificate to show the continuation of cover.
This certificate should really be on display for everyone to see, and if it is not, the employer should produce it immediately on request. If they fail to do this, the fine is £1000. Even worse for them though is not having the insurance. HSE will fine them £2500 for each day they are uninsured.
Health and Safety regulations
HSE have a very user friendly website that has information relating to health and safety of most trades, and if you are unsure about anything, they will always help you, as their one aim is to ensure peoples safety. Their site also shows rules and regulations that apply to all businesses, for example:
- Do not allow trailing wires
- Make sure there are signs warning of any potential hazards
- Keep and accident book and make sure all accidents are recorded in it
- They must put procedures in place in case there is an emergency
- Ensure the staff has enough space to work in comfort.
- Ensure all plant and equipment is in proper working order, that all safety devices are fitted and in proper working order, and that the operatives are adequately trained in the use of the machinery
- Not let staff use the equipment if any of the above is not on place
- Keep walkways free and clear of spillages and obstructions
- Carry out regular fire drills
- Have a health and safety policy and make sure all employees adhere to it
- Report any serious accidents to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
- Provide any protective clothing that is needed free of charge
- Carry out risk assessments and act on their findings
Looking for a personal injury lawyer in Masham?
If you have been injured in an accident at work, through no fault of your own, you should speak to the personal injury lawyer at Accident Advice Helpline. We have been dealing with work related injuries and illnesses for over 13 years, and have helped many thousands of claimants, from all types of accidents, get the compensation they were due.
We do not have a personal injury lawyer in Masham working directly for us but this doesn’t matter, we can still help you claim as we are a national injury law firm that covers all areas of the UK. So if you need a personal injury lawyer in Masham or anyway make us your first point of call.
We have a 30-second test on our website which will let you know if you qualify to make a claim and give you a rough idea of the amount you may receive.
Or you can contact our advisors on 0800 689 0500. They are professional, friendly and trained to give you free legal advice regarding your claim. After you have had a chat with them, if you still want to proceed, they will start your claim for you.
Date Published: 5th March 2014
Author: David Brown