Accidents Caused By Unsafe Work Practices

Every year 1000s of workers suffer serious injuries caused by falling whilst working at height.

The phrase ai???work at heightai??i?? that is used in the safety laws simply means working in any place where if a person fell he would fall a distance liable to cause injury.Ai??Therefore, it could mean working only a few feet above ground level and the safety laws do not apply only to work non prescription cialis online pharmacy. carried out at 30 or 40 feet above ground level.

The safety laws say that all work at height must be properly planned, supervised and only carried out by trained workers who are competent to do the work.Ai??The supervisor should take a sensible risk-based approach to identify safety measures and precautions to minimise the risk of a fall.

This may appear to be sensible and fairly obvious, however this basic approach to safely working at height was disregarded by a Leeds printing company and this led to it being prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive.

The printing business carried out quarterly stock taking every few months during which a worker counted stock whilst being lifted in a plastic box that was balanced on the forks of a fork lift truck.Ai??The plastic box that lifted the worker to heights of up to about 20 feet (6 metres) above floor level was not fastened to the forks of the fork lift truck and there was no means of attaching a safety harness to the worker.

Following the prosecution in Leeds Magistratesai??i?? Courts by the HSE the owners of the print works pleaded guilty to breaching the safety laws and were ordered to pay A?3,541 in fines and costs.Ai??Fortunately a worker had not fallen and been injured, however the printing business was prosecuted for failing to carry out its stock taking in accordance with the safety laws.

In the year 2010-2011 38 workersAi?? died as a result of injuries sustained in falls from height and more than 4,000 suffered serious injuries.

The safety laws include: the Work at Height Regulations 2005

Slippery Floor Accidents

Most accidents caused by slipping on a wet floor or a spillage on the floor are preventable if there is a reasonable system in operation for keeping the floor in a safe condition.

Ms Shakespeare was enjoying a 90ai??i??s weekend at Bourne Leisureai??i??s Bognor Regis resort when a spillage on the dancefloor caused her to slip and fall sustaining a nasty injury.

An accident compensation claim was made against Bourne Leisure on the basis that it had failed to have in place a reasonable system for keeping in a safe condition the dancefloor and this caused the accident.

Bourne Leisure argued that there was not much else that it could reasonably be expected to do to keep the dancefloor safe. However, the judge hearing the case in the county court considered the circumstances of the accident and that there were almost 2,000 people enjoying the event.Ai??He decided that there was an obvious risk of slipping accidents if an effective system was not in place for dealing with spilt drinks on the dancefloor.

The judge decided that Bourne orlistat tablets usa. Leisure had not done enough to deal with the hazard of slipping accidents on the dancefloor and ordered it to pay compensation to Miss Shakespeare.Ai??This decision was upheld on appeal.

Bourne Leisure had told its staff to inspect the dancefloor every 60 minutes and the judge decided that this was inadequate bearing in mind that there were almost 2,000 people enjoying the event.Ai??In addition, the staff did not do enough to prevent people taking drinks onto the dancefloor and creating the risk of spillages on the floor.

The safety law: the Occupiersai??i?? Liability Act 1957

The High Courtai??i??s decision in Shakespeare v Bourne Leisure Limited