Things can go disastrously wrong for businesses in which the legal responsibilities are being neglected. As seen numerous times in history, work accidents can start a domino effect that can even result in the shutdown of the business place. Even worse, the liable party can be harshly penalised for being the main cause of a work accident. The entire post-accident process can be avoided if the business can fulfil its duties correctly.
The foreseeability of an accident is the key point in personal injury laws
If a risk is obvious or the consequences are foreseeable, the business’s duty is to take immediate action to eliminate the risk. On the other hand, the employer itself can directly create the risk in the workplace. The employer’s contribution to the risk in the workplace can be by appointing unqualified workers to wrong tasks, the use and the storage of certain hazardous equipment, providing insufficient and incorrect equipment, inadequate care to sustain safety and lack of preventive measures.
The key point is the foreseeability of the accident. For instance, the risks of contracting disease due to unsanitary in the workplace carries is an obvious fact. If the workplace is a manufactory in which numerous heavy machinery is involved in the production stage, malfunctioning equipment is the obvious risk factor that the business is responsible to take care of. In a tattoo parlour, the use of unhygienic needles in tattoo guns is a wrongful action that involves obvious risk.
Your visitors’ and workers’ safety are equally important
The business owes the duty of care both to the employees and the visitors of the business place. On the other hand, these two don’t necessarily have to be seen as two different duties as the aim is totally the same. While interacting with others either as an employer that is in charge of the safety in the workplace or as a service provider, certain safety standards should be met to avoid being the cause of harm. Although what is meant by standards has a very broad meaning, generally, the objective is to eliminate risk factors upon noticing and taking precautions to avoid accidents that may arise due to hidden risks. As the course of action shouldn’t involve an intention to harm the victim to be determined as an accident instead of an assault, it only requires acting reasonably to protect the visitors and the workers from harm.
Unacceptable conditions in medical centres pose foreseeable risks
Both the health workers and the patients are exposed to risks in a medical centre in which the safety standards aren’t met. As medical treatments involve direct contact with the patient, falling below the standards can result in medical conditions at critical levels. Negligence in medicine is defined broadly as due to several causes, the patient’s condition can be damaged. From the beginning of the treatment process to the end, the patient is involved in many stages. In each stage of the medical treatment process, failure to take reasonable care can damage the patient’s health.
On the other hand, the working conditions of a health worker can negatively affect both the patient’s and the worker’s health. The most obvious employer to employee negligence in a medical centre can be the lack of equipment that is to be used for protection purposes. The importance of sufficient protective gears has been obvious during the coronavirus pandemic. Health workers can contract a disease that can sometimes be permanent and severe if the employer fails to provide this equipment or replace it once wears off.