Keeping staff safe from Covid isn’t always easy.
In the same way that an employer of, for example, someone working at height has to consider the risks their employees face and how they can limit those risks, an employer needs to consider the problems that coronavirus presents to its workforce and the measures that can be taken to protect them.
Regrettably, not all employers have taken their duties seriously and workers have unnecessarily contracted the virus as a result. We have been contacted by a number of employees who feel they have been completely let down by their employers during the crisis and relatively simple measures to keep them safe from Covid-19 have not been taken.
But proving not only a breach of duty but ‘causation’ as well can be very difficult. Sadly, many employees that have caught Covid because their employer has failed to protect them are simply unable to find evidence to show that their condition was caused by the employer rather than some other cause.