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,

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-48783427

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

https://www.hseni.gov.uk/articles/employees .

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