So, today we have a question for you.
Do you know what a nursing home, yoghurt manufacturer, theme park, housing association, recycling company, a senior school and a logistics firm all have in common?
The answer is they’ve all been fined for health and safety breaches during the past three months. Altogether, they have faced a combined total of £862,000 in fines and costs amounting to more than £50,000.
The incidents included a worker falling, another losing a finger and a third receiving life threatening injuries after his head was hit by a ball of compressed metal. In another instance four employees at the same organisation all developed a debilitating nerve condition over a period of several years whilst using vibrating power tools on a daily basis.
The organisations are different, the levels of fines and costs are different, the injuries are different – on the surface they have nothing in common so why have we brought them together?
Simply for this reason: they clearly illustrate that health and safety breaches can happen at any organisation and have devastating impacts on individuals and companies.
All too often organisations don’t take health and safety seriously because they think it’s something that they don’t need to worry about. Sure, it might be important if you’re working in a high-risk environment such as with the emergency services, in prisons, in the military, in construction, mining or in places like refining plants and sawmills but is it really that big a deal for everyone else? As these cases show the answer to that question is yes.
In general, health and safety laws apply to all businesses. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. Health and safety laws are there to protect you, your employees and the public from workplace dangers.
If you choose to ignore health and safety law not only are you putting people at risk; you could leave your company facing unlimited fines and managers and directors potentially facing up to two years imprisonment.
The good news is dealing with health and safety does not need to be a headache for you or your company. All you have to do is make one simple call to an organisation like ours and we can do all the hard work for you.
As a full-service consultancy, Acorn Safety Services was established to meet the diverse health and safety needs you come across in the workplace and to ensure that our clients are compliant with all the latest statutory requirements.
We’re passionate about what we do and are constantly endeavouring to help individuals, schools, businesses, organisations and local authorities practice health and safety management that protects people from harm.
We can do everything from conducting a site safety inspection of a construction site, to ensuring safety in schools by performing fire risk assessments and providing CDM consultancy services on behalf of Duty Holders as well as much more. Whatever your requirements, we have the ability, experience and certification to execute any project with success and always to your satisfaction.
When it comes to risk management we will take the necessary, practical steps needed to protect your people from real harm and suffering – this is not a case of bureaucratic back covering.
When you partner with us you can rest assured that you have a fully independent, highly professional health and safety consultancy on your side. The advice you’ll receive from us is impartial and always with your best interests at the forefront.
To protect your company and your team from Health and Safety breaches and the risk of prosecution visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01604 930380.