What would you anticipate on your first day at work? That you will get home safely? Our case study is based on the true and tragic story of a young man who lost his life within hours of starting a new job. How could such a terrible event happen and shouldn’t any risks to his safety have been anticipated?
The Irish Court held the company accountable for failings in information, instruction, supervision and safety systems. The Judge said he was ‘satisfied the case was not one where the company had shown a deliberate disregard of health and safety to maximise profits but had been a one-off tragic and unfortunate accident arising from a naive attempt at completing a difficult task.’ We give participants the opportunity to be jury and judge for themselves.
Statistics tell us that almost half of work-related deaths in Ireland involve vehicles with common issues including proximity and loss of control. This story highlights the risks around moving vehicles, plant and machinery and the potential consequences of failing to take safety seriously.