Having written procedures is not enough. The employer must ensure that workers are aware of these procedures and that they are following them.
A well-known tyre manufacturer has been fined £20,000 (with costs of £4,330) after an employee sustained major injuries to his arm when it became trapped in a tyre-testing machine. The worker broke his arm in three places in an incident in January 2012. The tyre company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after its investigation discovered that the safety procedures for carrying out maintenance work on the machine were inadequate.
A tragedy felt the world over as at least 23 Indian students, all less than twelve years old, died as a result of poor food safety and storage practices.
The Mid-Day Meal Scheme has been long heralded as the largest and most successful program of it’s type in the world, with over 120 million children fed every day, helping to tackle both malnutrition and poor education. The scheme provides a free meal to school children in exchange for their attendance at school. With poverty a widespread problem in India this program has aimed to both improve the health of children and to increase school attendance. India is home to almost one third of all the world’s malnourished children so it is schemes like this that are vital to sustain India’s recent economic growth. Although the Mid-Day Meal scheme has been viewed as, on the whole, a great success it has been undermined by corruption and food safety issues since its implementation in the 1960’s.