Many employers are failing to meet health and safety regulations.
A survey by employment law firm Peninsula reveals that 72 per cent of employers polled do not fully comply with health and safety laws. A further 87 per cent expressed concern that they could be prosecuted and their business fold as a result.
The majority of the 2,642 employers surveyed have experienced a workplace accident (84 per cent), 73 per cent of which being serious.
Peter Done, managing director at Peninsula, said it is time employers woke up to their responsibilities.
“Employers have to get to grips with health and safety. Failure not only costs lives, it can cost the employer a great deal.”
The increase in insurance liability premiums was cited by 89 per cent of respondents as a problem, and 93 per cent think health and safety compensation is spiralling out of control, with it becoming increasingly easy for employees to make a claim.
By Roisin Woolnough