Safety training is important in every workplace. In order to develop effective safety policies that protect employees from dangerous situations and guard employers from liability, employers may need to take into account a variety of factors, including workers' specific skills and experience.
Though workplace accidents can be avoided by taking proactive steps to meet safety requirements, some types of employment are inherently more hazardous than others. First responders, for example, enter dangerous work environments on a daily basis, confronting a high risk of physical and mental injury.
B.C.'s Employment Standards Act (ESA) states that "an employer must not require or directly or indirectly allow an employee to work excessive hours or hours detrimental to the employee's health and safety."
Accidents in the workplace that result in injuries require careful investigation to determine the cause of the accident and the source of the injury. Whether the accident is due to a simple oversight on the part of a worker, or the employer failed to comply with safety regulations, employees and employers should have experienced legal counsel to represent them and protect their interests after a workplace accident.