Almost everyone here of workplace injuries or accidents, and everyday about 13 workers go to work in the morning, but never come back in the US. Therefore, employers or business owners have legal responsibilities to make sure a healthy and safe workplace. They have the responsibilities of their own well being as well as their employees or workers. There are many companies that have a very poor safety record and workers health & safety in not safe there. This post will explain you what these responsibilities are.
Legal responsibilities for identifying as well as correcting hazards rest on the shoulders of employers, owners, contractors, managers, supervisors and workers. The Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations need each one in the workplace to work together to identify and control hazards related to health and safety.
SHEilds says “The health and safety at work Act 1974 imposes general duties on company’s owners, controllers of premises, the self-employed and manufacturers to make sure safety and welfare. However, the final person that makes up this list is – workers or employees.” Owners may also be legally responsible for negligent acts committed by employees acting in the course of their employment.
Section 6: This section tells to the manufacturers, importers, designers and suppliers of the goods or articles for use at work. They have many different duties to make sure that article supplied for use are safe and to provide all necessary information like how to use the item, what to keep in mind while using, etc. for its safe use.
Section 7: This section clearly states that while at work, all the workers and employees have a responsibility not to put themselves in danger through their acts or omissions. They must cooperate with their employers, for example by wearing proper protecting equipments such as gloves, goggles, etc.
The duty of every employee while at work-
- They must take reasonable care of themselves as well as other persons or their colleagues who may be affected by his acts at work.
- As any duty, requirements or responsibility imposed on his employer under any of the relevant statutory provisions to co-operate with him so far as is required to facilitate that duty to be performed or complied with.
Section 8: It states that "No person (misuse anything provided) shall intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health, safety or welfare in pursuance of any of the relevant statutory provisions." However, if an offence is committed due to an act of any other person, then that person shall be guilty of the offence and can be charged and convicted of it whether the employer is also charged or not.
Employers will be responsible for the negligent acts of employees or workers committed in the course of their employment. An applicant can sue an employer or owner on the basis of vicarious legal responsibility, provided the employer can show that the employee or worker was careless and this caused his injury or accident.
Section 9: It provides that employers or owners cannot charge their employees or allow them to be charged for anything that is needed to be done by the 'relevant statutory provisions'.
Note: Employers must provide some kind of safety training to their employees or workers because it will help them improve their awareness.