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do employers have a duty to not ruin the health of their employees?

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justnowords Tue 28-Feb-17 18:58:58

Dp works in a semi skilled, very physical, labour demanding job. He is in a team of around 42ish. Over the years conditions have deteriorated at his work (not unlawfully but think less people to do same work, longer hours, different and more difficult specifications but no extra help etc). Anyway dp is now begining to get carpul tunnel in his wrist and has reptitive strain injury in his shoulder. Has been to gp but as work is unable to transfer him to other duties gp has said that it is only going to get worse and treatment is pointless as he will be doing said work (dp has had to take time off sick in order to rest his shoulder before going back to it and making it worse again). This is widespread throughout dp's team and there is a high sickness rate. Today, out of 43, 13 were off sick (and from what dp tells me its mostly as they are fucked from work as opposed to virus etc.). This is not unusual neither, dp says there are several people off sick every day. Plus take off 4 for holidays. To make matters worse there is no cover so dp and rest of crew have to work harder to make the quota. Can employers get away with this?

paddlenorapaddle Tue 28-Feb-17 20:11:53

In a word yes they can but it's very short sighted and cost driven

This will only get worse your dp needs a new job and I know that's not easy but nor is older years and poor health either there'll be no such thing as retirement for normal folk in 30 years time

animaniac Tue 28-Feb-17 20:23:44

Yes, all employers have a duty of care to their employees, by law. This type of situation could give rise to Employers Liability claims made by the employees against the employers.

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