In 2011 it was reported that a US airline, Colgan Air, were found guilty of failing to provide their staff with the appropriate training on how to use the fire extinguisher system that was located in the passenger cabin.

This breach of duty led to the Tennessee-based airline paying out a massive $1.9million in fines.

Whilst the majority of workplace breaches have less potential for catastrophe, all employers have a duty to provide suitable equipment to their staff, as well as the training required to use any systems.

According to the research conducted by the Health and Safety Executive, 133 people were killed in the UK at work throughout the period of 2013-2014. As well as this, 78,000 were reported injured.

During 2011-2012, the HSE found that 1.1million people suffered from a work-related illness. This was estimated to cost society £13.8 billion.

The most recurrent causes of injury are accidents as well as handling loads, slips, trips, and falls from a height.

The highest rate of injury is found in construction, agriculture and transport.

Whilst the HSE found that men are more likely to get hurt at work than women, and inexperienced workers are at greater risk too.

Health and safety regulations are in place to protect you. In fact, if you reduce accidents at work it actually benefits everyone, including:

  • Boosted reputations for employers
  • Reduced absence for staff
  • Reduced staff turnover
  • Reduced costs and legal actions

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