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Today an employer can be sued for almost any accident. Someone somewhere will be making out it’s your fault.

In court, employees will claim they didn’t properly understand your safe systems of work, or that you didn’t explain to them properly, and that you were negligent in your training.

To counter this, safety video has long been recognised as the safety training delivery mechanism of choice. Video is mostly the medium of choice.

This is because video safety messages clearly show the issues, and what employees are required to do in order for work to be carried out safely.

Many employers choose to produce their own H&S videos to ensure the training is exactly what the job requires. You can learn more about health and safety video production and costs on our Health And Safety Video Production page

So that’s the end of it? A custom safety video solves the problem? Not so!

Sometimes even a good quality safety video isn’t enough. You can still be sued for telling the rules in a clear and proper manner.

Lawyers will twist your video and try to prove the opposite to the judge.

So here are 5 tips you can follow to ensure your safety video stands up in court.

5 safety video rules to keep you out of court

1 – Don’t show bad practice, or be very careful when you do, as it leaves the door open for opposing counsel to say that bad practice is a norm of working life at your firm, and that the video clearly proves it. Be clear in saying that all bad practice examples are staged. Don’t imply that they’re normal.

2 – Always get staff to sign that they’ve seen and understood the video. Better still, have some form of validation after the video viewing.

3 – Use interactive DVD wherever you can. This will support your claim that the training you deliver really involves staff, and that interactivity validates that they really understand the training and the safety at work issues involved.

4 – Have your CEO or MD close the video with a clear statement of what’s expected in safety terms. This visibly demonstrates commitment right from the top. This is not a CEO puff piece. Have them vigorously endorse safety, and clearly state that no one is ever, ever expected to work unsafely.

5 – Get your legal department or your lawyer to check the script. Involve them at an early stage in the video production. You don’t want them in at the close suggesting expensive remakes to conform to new legislation or requirements.

Compensation claims are a fact of life. Make sure your safety training is the very best you can provide by using H&S video. And use these 5 tips to ensure you don’t innocently become a tribunal victim.

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