The 10 Best Health And Safety Fails From Around The Globe

Most of us are familiar with the Health and Safety precautions we have to take in the workplace. These differ from industry to industry; the risks of working on a construction site are a world away from the risks posed working in an office...

Written by Leslie Duroe

Most of us are familiar with the Health and Safety precautions we have to take in the workplace. These differ from industry to industry; the risks of working on a construction site are a world away from the risks posed working in an office environment.

However, regardless of the ubiquity of health and safety in the workplace, sometimes the day becomes too busy to keep all the rules in place. We’ve scoured the internet and found some of the best health and safety fails from around the web.


Whether you’re using a leaning ladder or a stepladder, ensuring that the ladder is the correct height for the task at hand is a crucial health and safety concern. We’re not quite sure the guy in this picture got the memo. We’ve got to give him points for having a friend steady the bottom ladder, at least!


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2.Electrical Wiring

Technology is a key part of the workplace, whether that is computer leads in an office space or wiring a house on a construction site, electricity will no doubt play a part in your everyday work life. Working safely around electrical equipment is of the utmost importance, as the risk of serious injury and even death is always present around electrical currents. Our friend below, however, has adopted a slightly more ‘devil may care’ attitude toward safety around electrics.


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3.Protective Wear

Protective wear, or personal protective equipment (PPE) as the Health and Safety Executive [1] terms it, is essential for any working in an environment where falling materials, contaminated air, or corrosive liquids pose a hazard. Goggles would be one such example, but we’re not sure two glasses duct-taped to your face quite counts…


And while we’re at it, putting an empty water bottle over your entire head, while ensuring greater coverage, doesn’t quite comply with PPE regulations either!


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 4.Vehicle Safety

The Health and Safety Executive warns that unsafe loads on vehicles injure more than 1,200 people a year and cost businesses millions of pounds in damaged goods. Securing loaded vehicles prevents loss of goods and accidents to those on the road. This is especially advisable if you’re carrying flammable liquid on a moped, just seems like common sense really.


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 5.Manual Handling

According to the HSE, manual handling injuries are the most common types of occupational injuries throughout the UK [3].  Therefore, it’s important to ensure the correct posture is adopted when lifting and carrying in the workplace. We feel this is particularly good advice if you happen to be lifting your work colleague out of a manhole by his trousers. We hope he, at least, has a helmet on!

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A basic awareness of the threats to health and safety posed by flammable materials is applicable in almost any workplace. If flammable liquids or materials are stored too close to a source of ignition, the risk of a fire increases exponentially. Something like, say, a lit cigarette near flammable gas? What was he thinking?


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Storage areas should always be clearly designated, stable in structure and an appropriate size for the materials they are meant to be storing. This helps to prevent any unnecessary accidents associated with the storage of materials, such as slips, and trips associated with oils, liquids, or badly stored objects. We wouldn’t, however, suggest, propping up a pallet of bricks on an unsteady, single pillar of the very same bricks. Just doesn’t seem like a good idea, right?


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8.First Aid

A trained first aider and a well-stocked first aid kit are a must for every workplace. Keeping track of the contents of your first aid kit, and appointing someone to replenish supplies is a must, to avoid a situation like this…

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9.Confined Spaces

Confined spaces pose a threat when in the workplace for a number of reasons, such as lack of oxygen or the presence of dangerous materials and objects. For this reason, the engine of an aircraft might not be the best place to crawl into for a work photo.


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It doesn’t take a genius to work out that alcohol in the workplace is basically a recipe for disaster. Your judgement is impaired, leaving you unable to perform your job properly and leaving you liable to further accidents. Although we suppose that falling asleep at your desk is the least of your worries!


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Author Leslie Duroe

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