A campaign to protect workers in public houses from violence, which can lead to fines and injury compensation claims, has been launched in the Midlands by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Representatives from the region’s local authorities have joined forces with the HSE to visit licensees in order to discuss ways staff can be protected from intimidation and violent behaviour at work.
Staff in licensed premises can run a higher risk of being assaulted and injured in the course of their jobs, although the HSE has emphasised that employers still have a duty to protect them from harm.
"Nobody should have to face injury or abuse simply doing their job," commented HSE project manager Ian Andrews.
"We don’t want people dreading going in to work, especially when the steps employers can take to improve protection for their staff are so simple."
The news follows reports in the Norwich Evening News that a landlord and his wife who were beaten up in their own pub by aggressive customers have vowed not to let the incident deter them from running their business.