Health and safety within the workplace is of paramount importance, however, the severity of failing to implement sufficient health and safety regulations can vary depending on the area of the work. A role within an office can provide less risk as opposed to that of a factory worker who may deal with heavy and dangerous machinery.
Machinery within factories requires specialist training to ensure maximum safety is maintained at all times. Those who have not been sufficiently trained to operate certain machines should not attempt to use them and those who oversee the factory should be notified immediately. As well as this, options such as safety goggles, protective clothing and headgear should also be worn if necessary to minimise the risk of any injury being sustained. However, it is the responsibility of your employer to ensure that you are provided with adequate protective safety equipment and in failure to do so will result in them being liable for any injury sustained.
The use of vehicles within the workplace such as forklifts is a likely occurrence for injuries to happen. Those who operate forklifts must ensure that they are appropriately trained to competently operate the aforementioned vehicle and ensure that they are provided with and wearing all protective equipment available. Routes should be concealed to avoid pedestrians wandering in areas that forklifts may be operating to avoid unnecessary contact with vehicles and pedestrians that could result in an accident. The implications arising from an accident involving a forklift and a pedestrian can be potentially life threatening and in the very least cause extreme injuries that may have a long term impact on your health.
Furthermore, a major contribution to factory-based accidents is slipping/tripping accidents. Due to the varied nature of a factory-based job, there are many instances where spillages can occur and may not be adequately signed to ensure that no-one slips on it. If this occurs, the employer is liable to pay you compensation if you are injured as a result of these negligent actions. As well as that, tripping over a loose wire or object is also the responsibility of the employer to ensure that this does not occur.