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competence at work

What is competence, and why is it important?

Competence is the combination of training, skills, experience, and knowledge, applied to perform a task well. In health and safety, competence ensures risk assessments are prepared accurately, workers operate safely, and hazards are controlled appropriately. It’s not only critical for work efficiency but is also a legal requirement, essential to maintaining a secure and healthy workspace.

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A demolition firm and director were prosecuted after a 20-year-old labourer crushed

On 28 July 2020, During the work activities, 20-year-old Shannon Brasier was working with a colleague to load a fuel hose into the rear compartment of a 21-tonne excavator,

While at that, the excavator moved around and crushed her between the excavator and the Mobile fuel tank.