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First aid kits part of good accident plan

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning to employers to ensure that their procedures for dealing with accidents at work are up to scratch.

An advisory notice was issued by the HSE after a company was fined for failing in its duty of care towards an employee who had suffered a serious injury in a forklift truck accident. 

The HSE found that staff members did not know who the first aiders on site were and that they had failed to call an ambulance for the man, instead driving him to a hospital that did not have an accident and emergency department.

According to the HSE: "The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 require employers to provide adequate and appropriate equipment, facilities and personnel to ensure their employees receive immediate attention if they are injured or taken ill at work."

Under these regulations, provision of a "suitably stocked" first aid kits are a "minimum requirement" for employers. 

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