A recent HSA prosecution which centred around the death of a worker has reinforced the importance of inductions and compliance with health and safety laws.
The worker fell from a scaffold on a school roof while working on a construction site. The District Judge said that if the law had been complied with, the worker would never have been allowed to work on site unless he had been trained.
The company managing the building project pleaded guilty to failing to coordinate arrangements for the checking and implementation of safe work practices. The worker, who fell to his death, was working on unfinished scaffolding without holding the necessary CSCS card and without having had prior induction training. “Counsel for the defence explained that the worker had been sourced through a subcontractor and that, as the owner of the building company was not on site that day, the worker was due to be inducted the following day.”
(HSA v Michael Quinn Construction; Dundalk District Court, March 2015)
Induction training before an employee/contractor begins work onsite is paramount.
The safety culture in any company is the attitudes, beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to safety. Good induction and follow-up safety training is an essential part of creating and fostering a safety culture.
Inductions should be specific to your site – one size does not always fit all, especially on hazardous or dangerous sites. Get a risk assessment carried out of your site and the tasks involved. Training should be relevant to the task before delivering it to your employees and contractors.
EazySafe have developed an easy-to-use and very cost effective solution to deliver high quality online environmental, health and safety training to contractors and employees before they commence work. This ensures that all staff and contractors on all sites receive consistent training in their own language, and helps to instil the safety values of the company from day one.
The online employee induction enables staff to take their training before they commence work and arrive on day one with their certificate in hand, ready to hit the ground running. (Read more about our employee induction – a learner’s experience, here.
The online contractor induction ensures that all contractors are made aware of the safety policies and procedures in advance of working on any of your sites.
Have you delivered a successful induction to your employees and contractors? We’d love to hear about it!
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