Workplace safety legislation has never been tighter and more concrete, but all the legislation in the world is only as good as the level to which it is implemented. We can highlight all of the reasonably foreseeable workplace dangers as much as possible, but it’s up to everyone within a company to adhere to such rules and play their part in contributing to minimising accidents.
Some professions will naturally carry a higher risk than others. For example, people working in agriculture operate heavy machinery on a daily basis, while those involved in fisheries might have to endure rough sea conditions from time to time. However, the worrying reality is that even an office environment doesn’t guarantee invulnerability – slips and falls are the most common causes of work-related injuries.
No matter what your line of work may be, you and your colleagues and management all have a responsibility to prioritise safety in the workplace and to take all steps possible in minimising risk. Health and safety rules are created for a very good reason, so treat them as gospel instead of dismissing them as scaremongering. If you think workplace safety legislation has gone too far, just ask someone who has seen a colleague die in the line of duty for their opinion and see what they say.
The infographic below, which was created by Hussey Fraser Solicitors, gives a great insight into the risks of a workplace environment, plus suggesting ways in which these risks can be minimised.