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Managers 'must protect employees'

18th December 2009 | Health and Safety Signs

One sector watchdog has pointed out that employers must do all they can to protect the wellbeing of workers by erecting safety precautions such as health and safety signs.

Monica Babb, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, said that managers have a "duty of care" when it comes to ensuring that staff are safe from harm, and that taking measures such as installing warning signs may be the difference between life and death.

Her advice came after Chris Byrne, of Christchurch Avenue in Brent, was fined £750 following an accident in which he left a member of staff alone without supervison or warning signs in place and the individual fell into an excavation pit.

Ms Babb explained: "The labourer had little experience and was left alone with a excavation pit that wasn't properly guarded.

Those running construction sites, whether they are domestic or commercial jobs, have a duty of care."

The warning follows the recent prosecution of Cumbrian Industrials, based in Bristol, which was fined £65,000 after failing to use construction signs to warn motorists when carrying out roadworks.ADNFCR-2754-ID-19520009-ADNFCR



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