The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 is the primary piece of legislation governing workplace safety in Ireland.
The Act places a legal obligation on employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees while they are at work. This includes providing a safe working environment, adequate training, and protective equipment.
The Act also requires employers to conduct risk assessments and to take all reasonable steps to eliminate or mitigate potential hazards in the workplace.
Employers are required to consult with their employees and their representatives to identify potential risks and to develop strategies for managing those risks.
In addition, the Act sets out a range of specific requirements for different types of workplaces and activities, including construction sites, mines, and quarries.
Employers in these industries are subject to additional safety regulations and may be required to obtain special licenses or permits.
When it comes to workplace injury claims, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act is a crucial piece of legislation.
In order to establish liability for a workplace injury, it must be shown that the employer failed in their duty of care under the Act.
This may include failing to provide proper training or protective equipment, failing to identify and mitigate potential hazards, or failing to follow safety regulations.
At Valerie Kearins Solicitors, we have a deep understanding of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act and its application in workplace injury claims.
We use our knowledge and experience to help our clients build strong cases and obtain the compensation they are entitled to. If you have been injured in the workplace, please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.