Court rules employers must provide footwear

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By George Roberts

A Scottish Court has recently considered when employers should provide protective footwear to any staff who work outdoors.

The Personal Protection Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 provide that an employer must assess the need to give staff personal protection equipment (PPE) by completing a ‘sufficient and suitable’ risk assessment. PPE should always be considered where this is an effective way of reducing identified risks.

In this case, a care worker who slipped and fell outside a patient’s home in the icy winter of 2010 and suffered serious damage to her wrist was successful in her action against her employer, Cordia, for breaches of the regulations…

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