To highlight the importance of employee training, the following article defines the risks faced when a strategy for staff training has not been clearly defined and implemented within an organisation.
A Kent-based tyre company was fined £1 million after pleading guilty to breaching sections 2 and 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 that led to safety failings that caused the death of a 21 year old tyre worker. The incident took place on company premises when the individual was carrying out repairs on the tyre of a ‘dresser loading shovel’ when it exploded and killed him.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that he was not properly qualified or competent enough in this particular area of expertise to be completing these repairs safety. The equipment provided was also inadequate..
Principal Inspector Michael Walters stated after the hearing that ‘Employees need to be provided with properly maintained equipment and the correct equipment to undertake tasks whilst on site. Additionally, employees also need to be trained and competent in the tasks they are required to undertake’.
This case highlights the importance of companies ensuring that their employees are property trained and provided with the correct equipment to carry out their work safely.
Ensuring that employees are adequately trained to carry out their job role competently can be a complicated business. We hear the following questions regularly:
When to train?
Who to train?
How can the effectiveness of external and internal training be monitored?
Kendon Safety can help develop training policies, strategies, training matrices and competency assessments to assist your company to comply with legal requirements. Contact us today for more information.