The term ‘breach’ in legal terms, refers to a ‘failure to perform a contact, or to do one’s duty’. Given that the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Britain is the Health and Safety at Work Act, a breach in this situation would relate to any act, on the behalf of your employer, that puts the ‘health, safety and welfare’ of you and other colleagues, in danger.
Under law, your employer has several responsibilities to reduce the risk of harm and to control any risks to injury, or health, that could arise in the workplace. You must be fully aware of all the potential hazards in your workplace and be equipped to deal with them, especially in the event of an emergency.
These risks can be controlled by safeguarding measures, such as:
- Carrying out regular risk assessments
- Communicating risks and safety measures to employees
- Thoroughly training staff on health and safety
- Holding regular reviews of the working environment
- Having an appointed first aider and first aid box
- Displaying the Health and Safety Law poster
- Introduce regular breaks during intense work
- Having necessary insurances
The severity of your injuries will largely depend on the how significant the health and safety breach was, but personal injuries can range from minors burns and scalds, to deafness and fatality.