Previous Article Next Article Employers face litigation over health and safety complacencyOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Employers could face serious legal action as early as next year because of ageneral disregard for fire prevention and a lack of basic training for staff. A report by consultancy Accenture found that a culture of complacency aroundhealth and safety is not only placing staff at risk, but leaving organisationsopen to future litigation. The findings show that half of the employees questioned have not had a firedrill in the past three months, while a third did not understand how to use thefire safety equipment in the workplace. The alarming results are underlined by separate findings that show more thanone in three workers would be willing to take legal action against theiremployer should they suffer an accident at work. In spring 2004, legislation will change the rules on conducting fire riskassessments, transferring the onus from local fire authorities to employers. The changes could have a significant affect on organisations as insurers arelikely to demand proof that a risk assessment has taken place. The survey of nearly 500 UK staff uncovered several other seriousshortfalls, with more than two thirds of UK office workers receiving no healthand safety training in the past six months. Accenture safety services manager Nigel Bromley said the report underlinedthe need for a greater emphasis on health and safety. “This complacencycould present a serious financial burden for UK companies if it remainsunchecked.ÊUnfortunately, employers tend to look towards safety policies andprocedures after an accident.” More than a third of British office workers feel their safety at work iscompromised by insufficient office safety equipment. The situation for companies could get worse in the future with younger staffmore likely to sue employers than older colleagues. Related posts:No related photos.