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Two steps your health and safety representative must follow to secure the scene of a health and safety incident that's led to fatalities

by , 08 May 2013
Imagine sitting at your desk going through your to-do list... when suddenly there's a huge commotion and hundreds of armed men swarm into your offices with bullets flying. That's exactly what happened two days ago at a police station and jail in Nigeria. This has left the state in chaos and struggling to get citizens to feel safe again as 'terror attacks' like this go on the rise across the globe. That's why you need to make sure your health and safety representative knows how to secure the scene if there's been a similar health and safety incident that's led to fatalities in your business.


Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram is thought to have been behind the deadly siege that left 55 people dead in Bama on Tuesday.
 
Roughly 200 heavily armed members of Boko Haram arrived in buses and pick-up trucks and carried out a coordinated strike, says TheIndependent
 
This comes just weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing 'terror attack'.
 
Taken together, these events highlight the need for better health and safety awareness across the globe.
 
Is your emergency evacuation procedure in place?
 
And while you can't prevent a terror attack in your business, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Health and Safety Advisor says a health and safety 'incident' is any event that happened but that should not have happened' that threatens your employees' health and safety. 
 
That's why emergency evacuation planning is such an essential part of preventing any injuries and ensuring the safety of your employees in emergency situations, says FSP Business.
 
But do you know what to do if it's too late for prevention as there's been a fatality in your business?
 
Get your health and safety representative to secure the scene if someone's died due to a health and safety incident
 
Your first step is to get your health and safety representative to secure the scene of the health and safety incident.
 
To do so, you need to barricade the area so no unauthorised persons can enter.
 
This way you'll be able to prevent any additional injuries and preserve any evidence.
 
Don't forget you have a legal obligation to report the health and safety incident as soon as possible!
 
Next, you need to inform the police and Department of Labour so they can come investigate as soon as possible, and when authorised to do so, arrange for the removal of the body, says the Health and Safety Bulletin.
 
In doing so, you'll be complying with your responsibility of keeping your employees safe and reporting the health and safety incident to the Department of Labour.  

If you don't have a Health and Safety Representative, click here to select the best HSE rep for your company today!
 

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