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Q: One of our electricians often brings his two children into the factory whilst doing maintenance work at the weekend. He says it is good experience for them and that in any case he has to look after them at weekends. How do we stand?
A: On very dangerous ground! Those children could easily suffer an accident because factories are full of hazards and the children are neither trained nor being effectively supervised. Their father cannot do his safety-critical job properly and concentrate on his children’s safety at the same time.
If they were to have an accident he would probably be the second person to sue you. The first would be the Health and Safety Executive for your breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act which would be a criminal offence.
You must stop this practice immediately. This may cause childcare problems for the father but the hazards are too great for you, for him and especially for the children.
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