20th June 2017

Two out of three workers exposed to health and safety failures

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The study, conducted by data capture app provider, WorkMobile, also reveals that even when staff were provided with written health and safety guidance, the information didn’t explain the risks of the job properly.

It was conducted as part of WorkMobile’s ‘Work Safe’ report, which looks at the current state of UK health and safety and where improvements need to be made to protect workers.

The survey of 2,000 employees (working for businesses that have more than five staff members) found that 65 per cent have not received any information on their company’s health and safety policies, despite it being a basic legal requirement.

A quarter of staff who have read their company’s health and safety manual thought the information didn’t go into enough detail about their role and the dangers they could face.

As a result, the majority of workers do not feel that they are well equipped to deal with a hazardous situation if one occurred.

Colin Yates, chief support officer at WorkMobile, said: “UK bosses have a legal responsibility to keep their employees safe, so it’s extremely concerning to see that many are not even taking the most basic of steps to fulfil this duty.

“Failing to supply workers with information and guidance on health and safety policies could land business owners with a hefty fine, or even a prison sentence in extreme cases. But, along with risking legal action, businesses are also potentially putting their employees in serious danger.

“When staff are not trained on how to work safely, there is a greater risk of accidents happening. Every employee has the right to feel safe in their place of work, and it’s up to business owners to provide this. And given that society is becoming more innovative, with working practices constantly being improved, there is no excuse for not obeying with the law and fulfilling their business obligations.”