Health and Safety in the Workplace

The American manufacturing company, Terex GB Limited, has been fined £150,000, after one of its employees, Steven McTeague, died following an accident at a plant in Omagh. The Company pleaded guilty to charges of failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees; failing to ensure others were not exposed to risk, and failing to make suitable and sufficient risk assessments,

In November 2018 The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) published its Annual Report which showed a decrease in the number of workplace fatalities for that year. Worryingly, however, there was a significant increase in injuries, with major injuries up by 27% on 2017 and all reportable injuries up by 13%.

Everyone has a right to feel safe in their place of work.

Employers must:

  • decide what could harm you in your job and the precautions required to stop it – this is part of risk assessment;
  • consult and work with you and your health and safety representatives in protecting everyone from harm in the workplace;
  • give you the health and safety training you need to do your job, free of charge, and provide you with any equipment and protective clothing;
  • provide toilets, washing facilities, drinking water and adequate first-aid facilities;
  • report injuries, diseases and dangerous incidents at work; and
  • display their employer’s liability insurance.

What you must do:

  • follow the training you have received when using any work items your employer has given you;
  • take reasonable care of your own and other people’s health and safety;
  • co-operate with your employer on health and safety; and
  • tell someone (your employer, supervisor, or health and safety representative) if you think the work or inadequate precautions are putting anyone’s health and safety at risk .

If you have been injured at work, please contact our expert personal injury team for a free consultation.