Posted 11th Jul 2017

Workers 'being failed' by poor health and safety standards

By KBBDaily on 11th July 2017 - 15:03pm

A quarter of workers in manual professions such as construction believe that their company's health and safety procedures and information don't go into “enough detail about their role and the dangers they could face, or how to deal with risky situations”, according to a survey by WorkMobile.

The survey – which questioned 2,000 workers – also found that 65% of employees have “never received any information on their company's health and safety policies”, despite it being a basic legal requirement for all companies with five or more employees.

Close to 20% said they would have “no idea” how to report an issue or hazard at work, while a quarter said they would have a “vague idea” about how to handle a situation but would still need to ask for help or consult their company's procedure documents first.

“Employees working in dangerous sectors, such as construction or manual labour, will inevitably face a higher number of hazards than those in office-based roles, for example,” said WorkMobile chief support officer Colin Yates. “Based on this, we’d expect companies in these sectors to take health and safety much more seriously in order to keep their staff safe.

“It’s really shocking to see that some businesses are failing to put in place even the most basic health and safety procedures,” he added. “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, aside from this, when staff are not trained on how to work safely, there is a greater risk of accidents happening – especially in these more hazardous industries.”

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