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Many companies in the East Anglia region have been advised to take corrective and pro-active measures in order to prevent young employees from encountering personal injury at work.
The employers are supposed to be giving their young employees adequate levels of training in the workplace and enough supervision to prevent accidents. The directive has been initiated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). This is a body responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare.
However, a Watton based company was fined this week for an amount that exceeded £25,000. This was as a result of an incident involving a teenage boy who suffered an electric shock in Thetford. The company paid a fine that involved the fine amount plus costs. The employee had to have his little toe and a part of his large toe amputated on account of coming in contact with an overhead wire. He now has permanent scars on his legs.
The HSE is prompt at pointing out that in such cases it is essential to ensure that young vulnerable employees in the workplace get proper safety training. An HSE inspector said that it is imperative to supervise such employees safety at all times.