Health and safety should always be a priority, no matter what the sector or organisation. It can not only improve the wellbeing of those working in an organisation but also help increase productivity and lead to increased revenue for businesses. Those organisations with a strong emphasis on health and safety could also see an improved image among the public.
Failure to keep abreast of health and safety regulations is irresponsible and can seriously endanger the lives of both employees and members of public.
Burnley College was recently fined over £20,000 after one of its employees was seriously injured after falling from a stepladder while changing an air filter. As a result, he has to painkillers for the rest of his life. The organisation did not provide any training on working at a height, nor had it performed any risk assessments covering the area.
Rose Leese-Waller, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, said: “It’s astonishing that Burnley College failed to ensure basic health and safety systems were in place when it employs lecturers who specialise in this area.”
The case shows the importance of teaching employees relevant skills to ensure compliance with health and safety laws and maintain their wellbeing.