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Posted on January 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm

It’s easy to moan about today’s risk conscious world. Safety regulations often feel like an inconvenience and what ever happened to good old common sense? Health and safety legislation is there to safeguard workers from accident and injury but also to protect businesses from costly legal claims. In our compensation culture things are only going to get more stringent.

As a worker you are entitled to work in a safe environment with properly controlled risks. You may occasionally have to sign documents detailing how to proceed safely in your duties and these should be read carefully. If you have an accident but weren’t following the correct procedure, you may not be able to make a successful claim.

An employer is responsible for putting risk assessments in place and providing adequate protection and PPE for workers. As an employee, you are required to work in a safe manner within company guidelines and report damaged equipment and any accidents or near misses. You are not required to do something you feel is unsafe just because an employer tells you to.

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