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WHY TAKE A RISK WITH EMPLOYEE’S LIVES?

I'm going to be blunt about this.

Some employers are taking risks with their employee's lives. They are either too lazy, don't care or are deliberately putting profit before the safety of their workers.

I'm talking here about the failure to carry out Risk Assessments in the workplace. Risk Assessments are required under Health & Safety legislation and prosecutions can follow if they are not carried out. But prosecutions usually come about after someone has been badly injured or killed in an accident which could have been avoided if a proper Risk Assessment had been carried out. By then it's too late - at least for the injured or killed worker! The employer will be fined, get a bit of bad press for a while and then will forget all about it. Not so the family whose lives have been shattered by the death of a loved one.

It's not as if carrying out a Risk Assessment is difficult. It basically involves considering which activities or hazards pose a danger, identifying who might be harmed by them and what the consequences could be, considering what steps can be taken to eliminate the risk or to reduce the risk to as low as possible and taking those steps. That's all there is too it.

Employers can carry out the assessments themselves or bring in consultants to do it for them. Sadly many choose not to do either and it's their employees and their families who suffer.

I don't think this will ever change. Many employers are more interested in profit than safety. They are prepared to risk the health of their employees. Successive governments have paid lip service to health & safety and the present government has actually reduced health & safety protection for employees!

Accidents wreck lives. It's time for employers to change their priorities.