It has been reported in the media (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-34698387) how a Subway worker got trapped in a refrigerator overnight after the walk in fridge door closed behind her and the handle to release the door from the inside was broken.

The franchisee, C.M. Ventures Ltd, admitted breaching health and safety guidelines and has been fined by the Court. It transpired that the manager had been made aware of the problems surrounding the door handle but had not taken any steps for it to be repaired or replaced.

Simple forethought and planning by employers can avoid accidents. Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees and section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 states: “It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety.”

As a worker if you feel that a situation at your workplace is unsafe then inform your supervisor and the health and safety officer.

If you are in an accident at work, it may not be at the fault of your employer, however if it could have been avoided then you may have a claim for personal injury.

Contact our team today at Ringrose Law where we can advise you if you have a claim.

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