The 2005 Safety, Health & Welfare Act supplemented and improved the legislation laid out in the Health & Safety at Work Act of 1974. Despite these laws, there were 0.6 million non-fatal workplace accidents and 144 fatalities in Great Britain in 2017-18. Apart from the impact on the victims and their families, not abiding by the rules has a financial cost. The latest statistics show that work-related accidents and health issues led to over 30 million lost working days at a cost of £15 billion.
What are the responsibilities of an employer?
Existing legislation stipulates that the employer is responsible for providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment. They have to provide appropriate training for their employees and all necessary protective clothing and equipment. Employers must ensure that they take measures to prevent any incidents of bullying, harassment or any improper behaviour which would have an impact … Read More