The worker, even if there’s only one, will need training and will probably be required to hold some certification. They’ll also need their competency to carry out the job verified.
Equipment will need to be serviced and maintained. Proving that equipment was regularly maintained is incredibly helpful if equipment failure causes an accident.
An informal chat over coffee between worker and owner can be a toolbox talk or safety meeting. Addressing problems and finding solutions can be the result of very informal meetings or chats.
Keep records of these meetings.
If there is a need for the worker to seek compensation, the incident details leading up to the event are helpful.
The bankruptcy of a one worker business could easily follow if they must suffer;
fines caused by ineffective health & safety systems.
increased compensation insurance premiums
hiring and retraining of new staff
costs of supporting injured worker while not working
Not to mention the non-financial costs of;
mental stress of knowing your worker was hurt when you could have prevented it
endless communication with insurance companies
loss of credibility with potential clients if court action were to proceed
mental cost of selecting and training a new worker
A small business may view the initiation of a health & safety system as “time-consuming” and a low priority. However, good management is not an essential trait of large business only. It’s good management that is usually the power behind business growth.
Attending to health & safety is not only proper management; it’s also necessary to avoid court action.