When you run a company or business that involves any kind of work at height for your employees, you need to ensure that your workers are safe at all times. This includes regular risk assessment checks, proper training for employees, and above all, the use of proper height safety equipment.
If you do not follow the safety laws and provide the correct equipment for your employees, your business could be buried in deep fines when accidents and injuries occur.
Recently a worker at mechanical services company fell from a scaffolding tower, puncturing his lung and breaking five ribs in the process. An HSE inspection revealed the proper safety was not ensured before he began his job, and the company was fined £10,000.
This is just one of many examples that could be drawn on to illustrate how important it is both to your company’s reputation and financial success that you avoid all health and safety risks in the workplace by complying with laws and regulations. Preparation is the best preventative.
No matter what kind of job you are employing someone to do, if there are any health and safety risks involved, ensure beforehand that they are trained properly, have the proper gear, and the site has been checked over for risks.
Always provide a guardrail where necessary, ensure that employees understand the usage of all equipment, and make sure everyone has access to the gear they need.