Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Unsafe Work Claims and Managing Hazards with Glenn Duker, Solicitor and Lawyer

The health and safety of your employees is paramount in the workplace. No matter what industry you’re in, industrial action could become an issue when your employees take action against their working conditions. These include wages, hours of work, health and safety policies, or any other factors that affect the worker. There are certain steps to take when you receive complaints that their tasks are unsafe to perform and Glenn Duker, solicitor and lawyer, can offer expert advice.

If there is a safety risk complaint, you need to identify the hazard and assess the risk it poses and subsequently take steps to eliminate it. If, however, the hazard cannot be controlled, you must stop the process and consider alternatives.

Ensure that the worker is fully trained in their work procedures and you will be able to minimise the risks.
In the case that a union threatens industrial action because of a health and safety concern, it is imperative that you notify the union of the steps you have taken and engage them in any dispute resolution processes you take.

If the worker has a health and safety representative or if your workplace has a committee, they also need to be included in the dispute resolution process.

What does industrial action involve?

Industrial action can take the form of the following:
  • Strikes
  • Stop-work meetings
  • Picketing
  • Workers deliberately performing work slower than usual
  • Workers doing only the bare minimum
  • Workers refusing to perform certain duties
  • Employers refusing to allow staff to enter a workplace and perform their tasks (called a ‘lockout’)

To find out more about your rights in relation to industrial action, don’t hesitate to contact solicitor and lawyer, Glenn Duker.

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