However, we've been besieged with allegations of employers failing to meet the most basic standards of social distance and failing to provide clean facilities to ensure frequent handwashing since the start of lockdown. Importantly, not all relevant workplaces have the requisite personal protective equipment (PPE).
If you or a loved one has been infected with coronavirus and you believe it was caused by the negligence of an employer, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim. If you'd like to speak with one of our COVID-19 personal injury professionals, please fill out the form below.
Staying safe from coronavirus in the workplace
Due diligence in the workplace will be more crucial than ever before as we cautiously restart the UK economy.
Sector-specific information for working safely during the epidemic has been provided by the government and can be found here. The instructions provide some useful information, such as an agreement that COVID-19 risk assessments must be done in collaboration with unions and communicated with the workforce.
The instructions, however, do not go far enough to ensure that all workplaces are safe, and they provide non-statutory information that does not override any legal requirements relating to health and safety, employment, or equalities, as stated in the guides. It is critical for businesses and employers to continue to meet their current duties.