The UK along with all other EU countries, is extremely well regulated as far as the working environment is concerned.
The Health & Safety Executive and EU legislation ensures that the workplace is now a very safe place to be. However some employers flout the regulations and as a result employees suffer injury in the workplace.
Here we (briefly) outline employers duties in providing safe premises for employees.
An employer must always carry out a risk assessment in the form of an investigation conducted to identify whether any particular act or operation gives rise to a safety risk or hazard. employers must ensure that: Floors and surfaces – corridors and working areas, should be safe and of a construction that is suitable for the intended purpose.
There should be no slopes, holes or uneven areas not slippery with good drainage Floors and surfaces must be kept free from obstruction and any substance that may cause a person to slip or fall and suffer personal injury. Steps and staircases must be safe with adequate handrails where possible.
Premises must be kept clean and free of debris or waste materials with bins provided to avert accumulation.
If you have suffered injury in the workplace and believe that the employer may have either contributed to or caused the injury – make an enquiry now about possible compensation:
For comprehensive information on Health & Safety in the workplace from the official government website, please visit: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/HealthAndSafetyAtWork/index.htm