Shared responsibility

The ramifications to the customer of a workplace accident can be equal to that of the sign company carrying out the work (and the very people who may have caused the accident). The legal and financial accountability may be shared regardless of where the real fault lies.

It is important for customers to ensure that the sign company employed adheres to strict health and safety practices, and is able to prove it. Customers have the right to see proof of engineer’s qualifications and proof that risk assessments are carried out.

If a case goes to court, both parties will be required, by law, to demonstrate beyond doubt that they provided a safe working environment. Risk assessments and internal reports may be called upon in this instance.

One company hired an electrician who fell to his death while working up a ladder. It was decided by the court that both the electrician’s employer and the sign company were jointly responsible for the accident. Both parties incurred fines for breaching health and safety and working at height regulations.

After the death of a scaffolder falling through a fragile roof light, three companies and two individuals were fined and ordered to pay thousands in costs after being prosecuted by the HSEThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - The body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, and for research into occupational risks in England and Wales and Scotland..