Who do you think is responsible for the following workplace incidents?
a) A worker leaves a cloth rag on the hot exhaust pipe, of a mobile explosives vehicle, which catches fire.
b) One of two workers lifting a steel pipe drops his end causing the second worker to jam his fingers.
You may be surprised to hear the employer was prosecuted and fined for both of these cases. This highlights the growing trend of regulators and courts to hold the employer responsible for the inadvertent errors of workers.
Therefore, employers need to ensure every task is risk assessed and all workers trained in the documented work procedures.