Duty of employee to take reasonable precaution at work.

An employee has a duty to take reasonable precautions at work. Section 13 (1) (a) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, No. 15 of 2007 makes it mandatory for every employee to ensure his own safety at work. In the case of Mohamed Farrah –vs- Kenya Ports Authority [1988-1992] 2 KAR 283, the court stated that a man is not bound to wait until disaster befalls him and then attempt to extricate himself from it.  He is entitled, and indeed bound, if he is not to be guilty of any contributory negligence, to take reasonable precautions to avoid injury to himself. This means that an employee should take reasonable steps to ensure that he/she is not negligent as to risk his safety.

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