The duty of care and the potential consequences of breaching the legal obligations

In public, we are obliged to evaluate the consequences of our actions. Not a great effort is needed to achieve this as the risks we may cause are usually foreseeable. Others may sustain major medical conditions that can trigger other forms of difficulties. Injuries have the potential to make a negative impact on your professions and finances. Additionally, the victims of these accidents may pass away, and the family left behind can struggle financially. To avoid these, we are given tasks to perform.

Duty of care in business management

To achieve success, your customers should be satisfied. It is impossible to achieve success in business management without providing safety. Accidents are common in public places in which the human traffic is dense. A proper and sufficient risk management plan should be made to be aware of the active and potential risks. 

Managing safety in public requires being responsible and reasonable. If your business is in the entertainment sector, the food provided, the objects being used for visuals, decorations, and the service itself may contain risks. Supervision of your business place is your responsibility. The electric-powered equipment can fail and start a fire. Or, the beverages or food you serve may be contaminated and result in food poisoning. Additionally, common use areas may require maintenance and attention. As an example, a mounted mirror in a restroom may suddenly fall and break into pieces. In this case, these pieces may cause harm to the visitors. It is possible to lose your vision or require to undergo an operation to remove these pieces from your body. Both of these possibilities may result in the victim’s economic loss.

Structural complications may also arise in these common areas. Gas and water can leak, start a fire or make the visitors slip and fall. These risks can be noticeable by managing a risk assessment plan. Upon noticing these risk factors, the business is required to take immediate action and cease access to the area.

Medical malpractice and the duty of care

The duty of care aims to significantly drop the rates of human-related errors in medical operations. Undeniably, lack of commitment to the duty of care causes many medical errors that could be preventable whilst being under a reasonable peer’s responsibility. As an example, the pregnant requires intense care as the baby can be harmed for numerous reasons. False and unnecessary counselling may diverge the process. If the mother has been prescribed false medications, the baby can sustain lifelong brain injuries and nerve malfunction. Or during the delivery, applying pressure to the patient can damage the spinal system of the baby. These examples are totally preventable by taking necessary care.

The duty of care in the workplace

Safety should be provided totally and without any exceptions. As the risks of sustaining the work in an inadequate environment are obvious, employers should take sufficient precautions to avoid accidents. Numerous reasons might be the source of the risk. Untrained or incorrectly trained employees may not be capable of performing certain tasks. For a barista, the coffee machines can pose a risk as this equipment works in a complex way. For a construction worker, operating drills, excavators and backhoes are not a part of the work that is expected from them as this equipment can only be operated by obtaining licences. The use of labels and signs are crucially important both for the workers and the visitors. Hazards can sometimes be unnoticeable. These labels and warning signs are a good way to warn the workers about the risks. Regularly, the employer should inspect the safety measures in the workplace. The equipment provided to workers can wear off and become useless. In this case, the provision of sufficient and updated equipment is the employer’s duty.