A life is a terrible thing to waste
2.2 million people work in Britain''s construction industry, making it the country''s biggest industry. It is also one of the most dangerous. In the last 25 years, over 2,800 people have died from injuries they received as a result of construction work. Many more have been injured or made ill.
As an employer you have a legal duty to:
1. Take out Employer''s Liability Compulsory Insurance
Employer''s Liability Compulsory Insurance covers you against claims from employees who are injured or become ill as a result of their work.
2. Appoint a competent person
The law says you must appoint a competent person to help you meet your health and safety duties.
3. Write your health and safety policy
Your health and safety policy sets out the arrangements you have put in place for managing health and safety in your business. It is a unique document that says who does what, when and how.
4. Assess the risks
Decide what could harm people and what precautions to take. This is your risk assessment. You must act on the findings of your risk assessment, by putting sensible controls in place to prevent accidents and ill health and making sure they are followed.
5. Provide basic welfare facilities
You must provide a safe and healthy environment for all your employees. This includes toilets, washing facilities and drinking water, and appropriate lighting and temperature.
6. Provide free health and safety training and supervision
Everyone who works for you, including self-employed people, needs to know how to work safely and without risks to health. So you need to train them and supervise their work.
7. Consult your workers
Consultation means discussing health and safety with your workers allowing them to raise concerns and influence decisions.
8. Display the health and safety law poster
This is required by law. The poster includes basic health and safety information and lets people know who is responsible for health and safety in your workplace. Or you can give workers a leaflet.
9. Understand RIDDOR reporting procedures
The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR), require you to report work-related accidents, diseases and near-miss incidents. Make sure you know how to report, even if you never need to.
10. Keep up to date
You can follow the news in your sector through e-bulletins, news feeds, podcasts and texts to your mobile.
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