It’s not really surprising that the UK sees a high number of personal injury at work claims when you consider that 73% of employees do not know the safety procedures in their workplace.
A recent study conducted by personalinjurylawyers.co.uk found that 49% of employees have not seen any written safety procedure documentation, even though they work in a company employing 5 or more individuals.
A mere 6% of the survey’s respondents said they were very knowledgeable about health and safety procedures in their company and only 18% knew about fire safety procedures. 28% knew who their dedicated health and safety manager was, but 15% said they thought their office didn’t have such a person. Worryingly, only 24% were aware of the location of a first aid kit.
29% of respondents claimed to have suffered a personal injury at work and 53% said they did not believe they were effectively protected from health and safety risks.
Employers have to realise that is it important to adhere to health and safety regulations. We regularly hear of employees filing personal injury claims after sustaining workplace injuries and many of these could have been avoided if proper safety measures had been in place.
As well as implementing safety procedures, employers must make sure they make their workers aware of them in order to protect themselves from hefty claims for personal injury compensation in the future.