Health & Safety - Tutorial TwoI was recently in the unfortunate position of having to investigate an accident involving a young member of the greenstaff who was asked to perform a simple job of work requiring the use of a step ladder. To get the ladder the member of staff had to climb on to a temporary mezzanine structure above the green shed offices that subsequently collapsed injuring his arm and back. The accident should never have happened
The investigation by the HSE which follows such accidents, found that the club’s whole Health and Safety process FAILED.
What went wrong.
There was no Health and Safety Management System.
The Health and Safety policy was out of date and responsibilities poorly defined.
The risk assessments were out of date and not sufficient.
The job was not supervised correctly nor were safe working procedures in place.
The club had not been audited previously.
The Greenstaff were unaware of legislation updates.