Night workers have same health & safety rights

Employees working at night have the same rights to a safe environment as those working during the day, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has stressed.

The watchdog said the issue has been highlighted by a recent accident at a food factory in Lincolnshire.

A night shift staff member was cleaning a machine at Bakkavor Fresh Cook when she lost her footing and fell into a 1.5-metre deep tank, losing consciousness.

She was forced to take five weeks off work after suffering severe headaches and pains in her neck and back.

HSE inspector Jo Anderson said the case highlights the need for employers to be aware of what is happening in their factories and offices at night.

"All staff have a right to the same standard of care irrespective of their working hours," she insisted.

According to the HSE statistics, there were 246,000 reportable injuries at UK workplaces in 2008-09.

Posted by Christopher Evans

Published on: April 29, 2010

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